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Section 1.00 Authority and Purpose

1.01 Authority

1.01.1 Pursuant to section 29-6-9 of the Rhode Island General Laws, establishing the Rhode Island Library network, in order to provide each individual in Rhode Island with equal opportunity of access to resources that will satisfy their and society's information needs and interests, the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is hereby authorized to establish a Rhode Island Library network, hereafter referred to as the Library of Rhode Island network (LORI), to be administered by the Office of Library and Information Services for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and developing a program of statewide resource sharing and interlibrary cooperation.

1.01.2 Pursuant to section 29-3.1-4.1(b)(3) and 29-3.1-4(b)(7)(ii) of the Rhode Island General Laws, the Library Board of Rhode Island is authorized to approve, adopt and require enforcement of standards and regulations for public library development and other purposes.

1.01.3 The Library Board of Rhode Island will review the Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations five years after they are filed. At that time the Library Board of Rhode Island will determine the need for revision of the existing Standards and Regulations or the need for new ones.

1.02 Purpose

1.02.1 Based on the above authority the Library Board of Rhode Island last adopted LORI Standards in 2003.

1.02.2 The Library Board of Rhode Island and Chief of Library Services now propose to develop a new set of LORI Standards that is consistent with current practices and national standards for resource sharing.

1.02.3 To become and remain a member of LORI, a library must meet all of the Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations.

1.02.4 Rhode Island libraries must be members of the LORI in good standing in order to be eligible for OLIS-LORI Delivery and other resource sharing services supported by OLIS.