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News Archive 2006

OLIS Web Services Temporarily Down on Friday, Dec. 29.
There is a planned power shutdown in the Department of Administration building on Friday December 29, 8 PM to 2 AM. OLIS web site and its RSS feeds will be unavailable during that time. Please plan accordingly.
[December 27, 2006]

Continuing Education, Winter Schedule
Eight classes available during January and February, including children and young adult services, and a new class on digital photography.
[December 18, 2006]

LORI email update, 12/20/2006
The LORI email server will stop accepting email with domain name "lori.state.ri.us" effective December 30, 2006. Please make sure you change the incoming and outgoing server properties to "lori.ri.gov". Question? Please revisit the LORI Email Server Moving announcement.
[December 20, 2006]

Mock Caldecott and Mock Sibert
The Mock Caldecott and Mock Sibert sessions will take place on January 8. Sharpen your selection skills and learn about the award process at this annual event.
[December 18, 2006]

New Chief Appointed to OLIS
Howard Boksenbaum has been named Chief of the Office of Library and Information Services; he will start work on January 22, 2007.
[December 13, 2006]

New Short Movie Tutorials on E-Rate
For public libraries that haven't applied for phone discounts yet, or have had problems in the past, these concise movie tutorials should help.
[December 11, 2006]

Read more about plans to limit the email server functions in order to safeguard the ILL email accounts.
[December 11, 2006]

Scholarship Fund Raises Over $2,500
The library community has generously contributed to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Scholarship Fund in honor of the late Frank Iacono.
[December 6, 2006]

Proposed State Aid to Libraries, FY 2008
Proposed aid based on the 2006 annual reports submitted by libraries; final version will be available June 2007.
[December 5, 2006]

Scholarship Fund Raises Over $2,000
Donations in memory of Frank Iacono are earmarked for Iacono Scholars at the URI GSLIS.
[December 5, 2006]

New SRRC Contract
OLIS and the Providence Public Library have entered a new agreement for funding the Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC); the agreement includes access to HeritageQuest for all public library cardholders.
[December 1, 2006]

New OLIS Web Site
The OLIS web site has been redesigned and has a new URL: www.olis.ri.gov. Please update all bookmarks (favorites). Learn more about the redesign.
[November 22, 2006]

Delivery Survey -- Now's the Time
Please complete the online delivery survey with the item counts you collected Oct. 29 to Nov. 4.
[November 6, 2006]

Delivery Survey Reminder
The survey week will end on Saturday, Nov. 4. -- The survey report can be filled out after Nov. 4.
[November 3, 2006]

LORI Email Update
Mail should continue uninterrupted now, however the spam problem will continue for a few days. Please let us know if you do have problems sending mail
[November 3, 2006]

LORI email working again
The routing change has been made and after the server was rebooted, it worked! Please contact us by phone if you continue to have problems.
[November 1, 2006]

Upcoming Delivery Survey Oct. 29--Nov. 4
Worksheets and instructions will be sent to each site but are also available here for printouts.
[October 20, 2006]

LORI mail problems
Intermittent service problems should be resolved by the end of the day on Wednesday, 10/25.
[October 18, 2006]

LSTA Adult Literacy Grants Awarded
Three proposals, totaling $75,000, have been awarded in the 2006 LSTA Adult Literacy Grant program.
[October 10, 2006]

Iacono Scholar
GSLIS announces the establishment of a scholarship in memory of Frank Iacono.
[October 4, 2006]

HeritageQuest Added to Statewide Reference Resources
HeritageQuest Online has been added to the resources available to public libraries and all public library cardholders through the Statewide Reference Resource Center. This database can be accessed at AskRI. Learn more about HeritageQuest at a new OLIS CE program on October 26.
[September 28, 2006]

LORI server will be down 6:00 - 8:00 pm on October 2.
The LORI server will be powered down between 6:00 and 8:00 P.M. on Mon., October 2. This is necessary for needed electric work in the datacenter at RINET. LORI email and the FirstSearch login will not be accessible during that time. Please plan accordingly.
[September 25, 2006]

Chief of Library Services Vacancy Notice
The RI Department of Administration announces recruitment for the Chief of Library Services. Application period ends October 5, 2006.
[September 22, 2006]

Connecting with the Community
Middletown Public Library gets some landscaping assistance from Roger Williams University students and community groups to top off its library construction project.
[September 14, 2006]

Children's Services Calendar
The 2006-07 Calendar for Children’s Services Librarians has been posted.
[September 8, 2006]

In Memoriam, Frank Iacono
OLIS sadly announces the passing of our colleague and friend, Frank Iacono.
[August 31, 2006]

Continuing Education, Fall Schedule
Sixteen classes in a variety of subject areas - book repair, children's and young adult, computer classes, customer service, web development, and more. You asked for it, we scheduled it!
[August 25, 2006]

Continuing Education Survey Results
Thanks to all (154 people!) who responded to the OLIS CE Survey conducted in June. We invite you to review the results and submit any additional comments you may have.
[August 25, 2006]

OLIS Staff Email Address Change
OLIS staff now have new, shorter email addresses. Please update any OLIS staff in your address book to reflect the new email by replacing @gw.doa.state.ri.us with @olis.ri.gov. This change is effective immediately; email sent to the old address should be forwarded to the new address temporarily.
[August 24, 2006]

Rhode Island Historical Records Grant Program
Funding available for materials preservation, processing, and access.
[August 23, 2006]

All-Star Readers Celebrate a Summer of Reading
52 children representing Summer Reading Club members at RI public libraries took the field at the Pawtucket Red Sox game on August 14.
[August 17, 2006]

Talking Books Plus Newsletter
Talking Times Spring 2006 is now available on the Talking Books Plus website.
[August 10, 2006]

2006 LSTA LORI Grant
RILINK awarded grant for "EASL:Expanding Access for Small Libraries"
[August 7, 2006]

LORI Email Updates
Troubleshooting tips and reminders for changing email settings.
[August 3, 2006]

LORI Email Update
9:00 AM on Tues. Aug. 1 -- Neither email address is currently working. It's best not to make changes until the problem is resolved.
[August 1, 2006]

Public Library Annual Report survey and Grant-In-Aid Application
Link to survey and application forms is now available. Forms are due no later than September 15.
[July 26, 2006]

Final Spanish Language Outreach Workshop Held; Grants Chosen
The Gates Foundation funding for the Spanish Language Outreach Workshops also allowed for 5 small grants to libraries/agencies to support their outreach efforts.
[July 18, 2006]

LORI Email Server Moving
On August 1, 2006, OLIS is moving the LORI email server to RINET. Email users can expect a much more satisfying experience with their email from the robust new server, as well as an easier email address. Read to find out what you need to do for an uninterrupted LORI email service.
[July 12, 2006]

Joan E. Gillespie Named Executive Director, CLAN
Joan E. Gillespie is the new Executive Director at the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network (CLAN). Gillespie's most recent position was Executive Director of Libraries Online, Inc. in Connecticut.
[July 10, 2006]

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales!
The annual Summer Reading Program brings fur, fins, feathers and fun to young readers at libraries across the state.
[June 19, 2006]

Acting Chief of Library Services Appointed
Chief of Library Services Anne Parent retired from state service on June 11; Library Program Manager Beth Perry has been appointed Acting Chief.
[June 14, 2006]

Comparable Statistics 2005
RI Public Library Data compiled from the FY2005Annual Report survey and Certifications of Appropriations and Expenditure.
[June 14, 2006]

Young Adult Round Table Meetings
Meeting schedules and topics for 2006-2007 are now available.
[June 14, 2006]

LSTA Grants 2006: Literacy Grant Application
Adult Literacy Service in Public Libraries -- LSTA Grant Program is accepting applications until July 15, 2006.
[June 9, 2006]

Chief of Library Services Honored by RILA
The RI Library Association presented a Lifelong Achievement Award to Anne Parent at its annual conference in June.
[June 8, 2006]

National Library Legislative Day 2006
RI delegation urges Capitol Hill legislators to support libraries as part of National Library Legislative Day on May 3 and 4 in Washington, D.C.
[May 31, 2006]

OLIS News RSS Feed You can now subscribe to OLIS news directly through its RSS feed - bring the latest news to your desktop as soon as it's posted. Learn more about RSS.
[May 22, 2006]

RFP for LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation
RI and five other state library agencies are collaborating to issue an RFP for evaluations of each individual state's LSTA five year plan.
[May 17, 2006]

Last 2 Hispanic/Latino Services Workshops!
Library staff, trustees, and friends are invited to attend one of the last 2 workshops being held June 12 and July 17. Each session includes a lively panel discussion with state Latino leaders. Lunch and other incentives provided! Spanish language skill is not required.
[May 16, 2006]

New Titles in the Professional Collection
Titles added in May, 2006.
[May 17, 2006]

LORI Grants 2006 - 2007
OLIS is offering LORI Grants for 2006-2007. Applications for these LSTA-funded subgrants are online.
[May 15, 2006]

RI EAD Finding Aid Collaboration
Report on the March forum and the establishment of the Rhode Island Archival & Manuscript Collections Online pilot project.
[May 12, 2006]

askri.orgAskRI has a new look! Check out the new site and explore the services. The new logo is available for use on library websites (see Resources for RI Librarians).

[May 10, 2006]

Spanish language classes now open to all LORI library staff
The series of free Spanish language instruction, including online and in-person classes, is being offered again this Spring in conjunction with the Spanish Language Outreach Workshops.
[May 3, 2006]

RI Libraries Win We the People Bookshelves
Eleven public and school libraries received a set of classic books on the theme of "Becoming American" from the We the People Bookshelf program.
[April 21, 2006]

Construction Reimbursement Increase To Be Considered
The Library Board of Rhode Island will consider an increase of the maximum square foot reimbursement amounts for public library construction.
[April 17, 2006]

OLIS Moves Nearing Completion
Most of the OLIS staff has moved to the second floor; the process is scheduled for completion the week of April 24. Until the process is complete, there may be interruptions in availability by phone & email.
[April 11, 2006]

On the Road Again? (Updated)
Well, more like "on the elevator". Most of the OLIS staff is moving from the 4th to the 2nd floor between March 23 and April 7; there may be interruptions in availability by phone & email.
[March 24, 2006]

Book/Craft Sale to Support NOPL
A book and Craft sale to support the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans Public Library is being cosposored by RILA and the Cranston Public Library.
[March 28, 2006]

Barrington Public Library Honored in New Library Book
Barrington Public Library is one of 80 libraries that will be featured in the upcoming book -- Heart of the Community: Libraries We Love.
[March 23, 2006]

State Archives' Grant to Provide Training and Funds
The $130,000 federal grant will cover a two-year project providing archival and preservation training to organizations & individuals that hold historical records as well as grants to respositories.
[March 14, 2006]

Hispanic/Latino Services
Are you ready? Hispanics/Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic/minority group in Rhode Island. Library staff, trustees, and friends are invited to attend one of 9 workshops being held between March 15 and July 17, 2006 on library services for this community. Lunch and other incentives provided! Spanish language skill is not required.
[March 6, 2006]

Public Libraries and the Internet 2006 Survey
The Information Use Management and Policy Institute is conducting a survey of randomly selected libraries all over the country. Information about the biennial study and its findings is now available.
[March 03, 2006]

OLIS 2006 Spring CE Programs
Twenty-one continuing education programs are scheduled for March through July, 2006, including 9 opportunities to attend the Hispanic/Latino Outreach workshops.
[February 22, 2006]

How Libraries change lives
Stories may be submitted up to May 10, 2006 for this Editorial Initiative, part of ALA/Woman's Day "Put it in Writing @ your library® program"
[February 22, 2006]

COLA Annual Meeting
The Coalition of Library Advocates event takes place on February 14 at the State House and includes special awards and a RI author/librarians talk.
[February 03, 2006]

Barrington Public Library Opening Celebration
The Barrington Public Library celebrates the completion of its renovation project on Sunday, January 29.
[January 26, 2006]

CLAN Seeks Executive Director
The Cooperating Libraries Automated Network seeks an Executive Director to administer and manage the operations of the non-profit corporation which provides automation services to public libraries in Rhode Island.
[January 26, 2006]

Mock Awards
Results for Rhode Island's Mock Caldecott, Mock Newbery and Mock Sibert awards have been posted. How do they stack up against the national awards announced January 23rd?
[January 23, 2006]

Five PLA Subsidy Winners Announced
OLIS is pleased to announce the award of the five PLA sbusidy contest winners. Seventeen applications were received.
[January 18, 2006]