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Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Standards

Section 3.00 Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Standards and Regulations

3.01. The library operates according to relevant federal, state and local laws.

3.02. The library has qualified paid staff to manage the collection and provide access to it, with a minimum of one professional librarian who holds a master's degree in library and information science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association.

3.03 The library has written policy or policies which are approved by the library governing body and address library to library relationships in the following areas

3.03.1 An interlibrary loan policy that complies with the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code and adheres to that code consistently and without discrimination and which provides justification for what materials will not be loaned to those outside of the library's clientele. This policy cannot be in conflict with the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code.

3.03.2 A service policy which defines the library clientele and their access to the library collections and services.

3.03.3 To satisfy policy requirements a library may refer to its consortium policy, or policies, as long as those policies comply with the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code.

3.03.4 The library will make these policies publicly available to other LORI libraries online.

3.04 The library has consistent hours of service.

3.05 The library has a public web presence on which it posts its contact information, hours of service, and its interlibrary loan and service policies. If the library is not open to the public, the policy should be stated on the website.

3.06 The library has its bibliographic holdings online in a standard library format.

3.07 The library will not charge usage fees to other LORI libraries for reference services and the loan of library materials.

3.08 Personnel responsible for interlibrary loan in each library will be familiar with LORI Standards, the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code, and other relevant interlibrary loan codes, policies and procedures.

3.09. Each LORI library director will designate paid staff member(s) to serve in the following roles: LORI Liaison, Interlibrary Loan Contact and Delivery Contact. A single qualified staff member may be assigned more than one role.

3.09.1 The LORI Liaison responsibilities are to:

  • serve as the primary resource sharing contact between the library and OLIS;
  • oversee all LORI operations in the library;
  • inform OLIS of any library operations that may affect or interrupt interlibrary loan or delivery services;
  • inform OLIS of personnel changes in the positions of LORI Liaison, Interlibrary Loan Contact and Delivery Contact;
  • keep apprised of information distributed by OLIS through the LORI website and email, and communicate such information to appropriate library staff;
  • report annually to OLIS the statistical information requested in LORI Certification;
    and ensure that an accurate and timely OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count is carried out by the library at the request of OLIS and more often as required.

3.09.2 The Interlibrary Loan Contact responsibilities are to:

  • ensure that all resource sharing activities are completed in a timely manner;
  • communicate with other LORI libraries in matters relevant to resource sharing;
  • and follow all local and LORI Interlibrary Loan procedures and the LORI Interlibrary Loan Code.

3.09.3 The Delivery Contact responsibilities are to:

  • conduct OLIS-LORI Delivery Item Counts when scheduled by OLIS;
  • ensure that the library follows all OLIS procedures for the preparation of materials for delivery and use of OLIS-LORI Delivery bins;
  • and report instances of damage or vendor-related incidents.

3.10. LORI Libraries will complete the LORI Certification every year as administered by OLIS.