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See the year in review: 2005 OLIS News Highlights

Disaster Manual
The Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery Manual used by Rhode Island libraries is now available.
[December 30, 2005]

OLIS 2006 Winter CE Programs
Eight continuing education programs are scheduled for January and February 2006.
[December 29, 2005]

AskRI Debuts
AskRI, a new service of the Statewide Reference Resource Center, debuts on December 27 and includes access to World Book Online for all CLAN cardholders along with Ask a Librarian online reference.
[December 23, 2005]

Proposed GIA for FY2007
A total of $11,418,218 is proposed for state grant-in-aid to libraries in FY2006-2007.
[December 19, 2005]

Talking Books Plus Newsletter
Talking Times Fall 2005 is available on the Talking Books Plus website.
[December 17, 2005]

New Statewide Reference Resource Center Contract
The FY2006 contract for the SRRC includes access to World Book Online for all CLAN cardholders and expanded phone and chat reference hours.
[December 16, 2005]

OLIS Announces PLA Conference Contest
As part of our commitment to improved public library service, OLIS will fund conference registration to the upcoming PLA conference in Boston for up to five RI public librarians or library school students.
[December 8, 2005]

Riverside Branch Library Opens
Celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the new Riverside Library on Sunday, December 4.
[November 30, 2005]

National Book Festival Photos and Reports 2005
OLIS' Donna DiMichele, Newport's Mattie Gustafson and URI's Sarina Wyant staffed the RI booth at the IMLS' Pavilion of the States, National Book Festival on The Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday, September 24th.
[November 10, 2005]

2005 Tax Forms
Time to submit your library request for the 2005 Rhode Island tax forms. OLIS will provide the link to the E-File forms as they become available.
November 8, 2005

New Titles in the Professional Collection
Titles added in October, 2005
[October 31, 2005]

LSTA Literacy Grants Awarded
Coventry Public Library LVKC (Literacy Volunteers of Kent County) and Providence Public Library RIFLI (Rhode Island Family Literacy) receive grants for the period October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006.
[October 21, 2005]

Online Resources for Small Business
Resources gathered from the recent Reference Round Table meeting.
[September 22, 2005]

Disaster Resources for Libraries & Cultural Organizations
Disaster resources have been updated since Katrina. Hurricane season lasts through November 30.
[September 13, 2005]

Children's Services Calendar
The 2005-2006 calendar has been posted.
[September 7, 2005]

Hope Houston appointed to OLIS TBP position
The Talking Books Plus program adds a Reader’s Advisor to its staff.
[September 6, 2005]

IMLS Responds to Hurricane Katrina
The Institute of Museum and Library Services extends program deadline for Museums in declared disaster areas.
[September 6, 2005]

Libraries and Hurricane Katrina
Library associations around the nation respond to the disaster. Learn what you can do to help libraries and their staff.
[September 1, 2005]

Banned Books Week: September 24-October 2, 2005
ALA's BBW Press Kit and a new Proclamation are now available along with FAQs, lists of top 10 and 100 challenged books, and activity guides.
[August 30, 2005]

OLIS 2005 Fall CE Programs
15 continuing education programs are scheduled for September through December. Contact the new OLIS CE Coordinator Debbie Cullerton for question regarding the programs and registration.
[August 22, 2005]

New State Government Search Engine
Find-It! Rhode Island is being replaced with a new state government search engine developed by RI.gov.
[August 12, 2005]

Internet censorship dialogue
RILA and the Intellectual Freedom Committee are hosting a dialogue about the RI ACLU's April 2005 report, Reader's Block: Internet Censorship in Rhode Island Public Libraries on August 19, 2005.
[July 26, 2005]

Libraries and the Open Meetings Law
Most public libraries that receive state aid must comply with the Open Meetings Law effective September 1, 2005.
[July 11, 2005]

URI GSLIS Awarded IMLS Grant
The $504,775 grant will be used to fund Prism Plus, a program for educating the next generation of library professionals.
[June 30, 2005]

Summer Reading Program
Read Up A Storm @ Your Library! Young readers will be blown away by this year's program.
[June 22, 2005]

LSTA Literacy Grants 2005
Application materials for the 2005 grant program are available. Proposals may be submitted until July 25, 2005.
[June 23, 2005]

OLIS Job Opening
OLIS announces a position opening in Talking Books Plus. Application period is June 20 thru June 26, 2005.
[June 17, 2005]

ALA Library Advocacy Institute to be Webcast
Access the full-day Institute from your computer and a phone line, as it is presented, on June 24 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The "webinar" is free but registration is required.
[June 17, 2005]

Young Adult Round Table Meetings
Meeting schedules and topics for 2005-2006 are now available.
[June 15, 2005]

NCES Public Libraries Survey
The data file for the 2003 survey is now available. Survey is conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Federal-State Cooperative System (FSCS).
[June 14, 2005]

OLIS launches a blog to keep RI librarians updated on library news and issues extending beyond the scope of the LORI website. Read about Rhodarian.
[June 9, 2005]

Blogs, RSS and Data Syndication
The OLIS Web Team has created a new resource for learning about these new tools for knowledge sharing.
[June 6, 2005]

RILA Annual Conference
The Rhode Island Library Association Annual Conference will be held June 2 - 3 at McKillop Library, Salve Regina University. The conference includes programs relating to all types of librarianship.
[May 27, 2005]

Rhode Island Library Survey
The One Catalog and the Databases Working Groups of the Rhode Island LibFutures Committee need your help in completing an assessment of Rhode Island libraries. Please complete the survey for your library by Friday, June 3rd, 2005.
[May 24, 2005]

Comparable Statistics 2004
The Comparable Statistics, compiled from the Annual Reports submitted by RI public library systems, are now available along with a blank copy of the 2004 Annual Report survey.
[May 23, 2005]

New IMLS Report Charts Landscape
The IMLS has released Charting the Landscape, Mapping New Paths: Museums, Libraries, and K-12 Learning. This report captures the key issues emerging from a 2004 workshop examining the intersections of museums, libraries, and K-12 education.
[May 17, 2005]

University Librarian Announced at Brown
Harriette Hemmasi, executive associate dean of libraries at Indiana University–Bloomington, joins Brown University as the University Librarian starting early Fall 2005.
[May 17, 2005]

OLIS Library and AV Services Relocated
The OLIS Library and AV Services are now open for business on the 4th Floor of the Department of Administration. The ILL Clearinghouse has relocated to the 2nd floor.
[May 6, 2005]

Tabulated 2005 LORI Library Standards Reports
FY2004 ILL Statistics and 2005 Technology Assessment are now available.
[April 26, 2005]

URI GSLIS Distinguished Graduate Award
Anne Parent, Chief of Library Services, OLIS, was the recepient of the "Distinguished Graduate Award" at the URI GSLIS Annual Gathering.
[April 12, 2005]

NCES Report on Public School Library Services
Drawn from more than 50 sources, NCES released 'Fifty Years of Supporting Children’s Learning; A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation from 1953 to 2000.'
[March 14, 2005]

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants
NEH has announced the deadline for applications is May 16, 2005, for projects that begin January 2006.
[March 9, 2005]

The Brilliance of Cloth Book Covers
On March 5, the RI Center for the Book presents a slide lecture on 19th Century Decorated Bindings by Sue Allen of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
[February 28, 2005]

Jewel Drickamer, 1917-2005
Ms. Drickamer served as Deputy Director of the Department of State Library Services from 1964-1975 and as Director from 1975-1980.
[February 21, 2005]

New Reference Resources at PPL
A selected list of new materials added to the Central Library's collection in Winter 2005. Providence Public Library serves as the designated Statewide Reference Resource Center.
[February 16, 2005]

OLIS 2005 Spring CE Programs
18 continuing education programs are scheduled for March through June.
[February 14, 2005]

REFORMA's Mini-Grant for Spanish Services
Applications due no later than March 10 for this program to encourage Spanish language programming and collection development in libraries.
[February 7, 2005]

Alison Maxell named to Providence Athenaeum post
Alison Maxell, who formerly provided support services to the Consortium of RI Academic and Research Libraries (CRIARL), has been appointed Executive Director of the Providence Athenaeum, effective March 1, 2005.
[February 4, 2005]

COLA Annual Meeting
The Coalition of Library Advocates event takes place on February 15 at the State House and includes special awards and a RI author/illustrator talk.
[February 3, 2005]

WebJunction announces fee policy change
Starting Feb. 1, WebJunction will begin charging for some of its online courses.
[January 31, 2005]

Governor's Proposed Budget For FY2006
The Governor's budget proposes that State Library Aid for FY2006 is fully funded.
[January 28, 2005]

ALSC Announces 2005 Children's Literature Awards
See how they compare with RI librarians' selections for the Caldecott, Newbery and Sibert awards.
[January 13, 2005]

2005 SRRC Contract
OLIS and the Providence Public Library have signed a new contract for the Statewide Reference Resource Center.
[January 10, 2005]

January Young Adult Round Table
Topic: Current Fiction.
[January 4, 2005]

2004 RI Tax Forms
Request your Rhode Island Tax Forms. The Department of Taxation will arrange to have the forms sent to your library in early January.
[January 4, 2005]