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OLIS Staff By Tasks

Adult Services

Nicolette Baffoni - (401)574-9316

Adult services provides consultation services and programs to support adult services in libraries, including adult education, workforce development, digital literacy and more.

Annual Report and Comparable Statistics (Public Libraries)

Lauren Plews - (401)574-9305

The Annual Report is a survey of statistical library data including finances, personnel, programs and services. Data is collected via OLIS' contract with Bibliostat and then sent to the appropriate state and federal agencies.

The Comparable Statistics for Rhode Island public libraries are also compiled from the Annual Report.

Children's Services

Danielle Margarida - (401)574-9309

Provides consultation and programs for children's library services, children's literacy, continuing education, and reading promotion projects.

Continuing Education

Donna DiMichele - (401)574-9303

Continuing education programming is an integral part of the Office of Library and Information Services’ effort to increase the competencies of the staffs of Rhode Island libraries and explore emerging professional issues. See the CE online brochure and registration.

Construction Reimbursement Program

Karen Mellor - (401)574-9304
Lauren Plews - (401)574-9305

The Public Library Construction Reimbursement Program provides guidance in all aspects of public library construction programs from inception to completion and reimburses up to 50% of the eligible costs for construction and renovation projects.

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Delivery, Library of Rhode Island

Jeremy Cutler - (401)574-9306
Kelley Lima - (401)574-9308
Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315

Delivery Services

For questions regarding initiating delivery service or adding stops to service, problems with or comments on the service, and the tracking of lost materials. Maintains a list of delivery codes as well as other essential information about each library. Changes in library delivery information should be reported at this number.

Disabilities, Library Services for People with

Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315
Andrew Egan - (401)574-9312

Resources for libraries to extend services to and accommodate people with disabilities, including updating and developing pages of Web resources for people with disabilities and for the librarians and others who serve them.

Disaster & Preservation

Donna Longo DiMichele - (401)574-9303

RI law requires that public libraries maintain Disaster Plans and Preservation Plans.OLIS requests them in digital form as part of the Application for Grant-in-Aid. Resources for all types of libraries are on the OLIS website.

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Early Literacy Projects

Danielle Margarida - (401)574-9309

Plan and promotes early literacy projects including the Mother Goose Programs, the Transition to Kindergarten calendar, and resources for story times and outreach to parents/providers.

E-Rate

Chaichin Chen- (401)574-9307

Information about discounts on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections.

LORI Grants (LSTA)

Donna Longo DiMichele - (401)574-9303

Grant programs supported by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act funds. The grants are awarded as state agency subgrants by OLIS.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • ILL Clearinghouse

    Kelley Lima - (401)574-9308
    Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315

    LORI Libraries without an OCLC membership may request materials from libraries outside of LORI via the ILL Clearinghouse at OLIS. OLIS accepts all citation requests including those you are unable to verify.

    Requests may be made electronically using FirstSearch or the online form.
  • LORI ILL Code and Procedures

    Chaichin Chen - (401)574-9307

    Contact for questions regarding the Code and Procedures

Jobline

Karen Andrews - (401)574-9302
Webmaster

OLIS Jobline posts library jobs in Rhode Island and New England; postings for other states may occasionally be included.

Library Board of Rhode Island

Karen Mellor - (401)574-9304

The Library Board is composed of seventeen members, fifteen of whom are appointed by the Governor to represent various groups and interests related to library services, as well as two ex officio members who represent Elementary and Higher Education.

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LORI Membership/Standards

Chaichin Chen - (401)574-9307
Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315

For information on how to become a member of the LORI library network, the rights and responsibilities of membership, or a list of current members and codes. View the Membership Materials

Network Services (LORI )

Chaichin Chen - (401)574-9307

LORI is Rhode Island's statewide, multitype library network. It includes public and private school, academic, and research libraries; public libraries; state and institutional libraries; and special libraries. Network Services supports resource sharing services including ILL, OCLC Clearinghouse, and Delivery. It facilitates communication among the staff of LORI libraries through e-mail accounts, training, and web services. Network Services manages LORI Membership Standards and LORI Grants.

Protecting the Past - RI Project

Donna Longo DiMichele - (401)574-9303

Reference Services - Frank Iacono Library

Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315

OLIS maintains a collection of library materials for professional librarians and students including monographs and periodicals.

State Government Information Directory (www.info.ri.gov)

Chaichin Chen - (401)574-9307

State Grant-in-Aid Applications

Lauren Plews - (401)574-9305

The state of Rhode Island reimburses a percentage of local expenditures to cities and towns for public library services at qualifying libraries.

Summer Reading Program

Nicolette Baffoni - (401)574-9307 - Adults

Danielle Margarida - (401)574-9309 - Youth

Reading promotion program for preschoolers, elementary age children, teens, and adults.

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Talking Books Plus (TBP)

Andrew Egan, Regional Librarian, (401)574-9312

Alicia Waters, Library Program Specialist (401)574-9315

Neshmayda Calderon, Information Specialist / Reader's Advisor / Website, (401)574-9313

General Phone: (401)574-9310
email: tbplus@olis.ri.gov

For information on talking books and other services for the blind and physically handicapped. TBP is a general library collection of books and magazines in alternate formats, such as cassette and braille. Eligible individuals and institutions may apply for service. All materials are loaned free of charge and sent "Free Matter" through the U.S. mail.

Website

Karen Andrews - (401)574-9302
Chaichin Chen - (401)574-9307
Alicia Waters - (401)574-9315
Webmaster

Online publication of information for the Rhode Island library community to keep them informed about OLIS/Library Programs activities and about current issues affecting the Library of Rhode Island.

Young Adult Services

Danielle Margarida - (401)574-9309

Young Adult Services

In addition to continuing education for librarians and Summer Reading programming, Youth Services includes a Young Adult Round Table, a monthly meeting of public and school librarians concerned with all aspects of library services to young adults.

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