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News Archive 2007

2007 Year in Review
Howard Boksenbaum reflects on his first year as Chief Library Officer for the State of Rhode Island. See the year in review on OLIS' news highlights from 2007.
[December 31, 2007]

Continuing Education
OLIS Winter CE schedule includes offerings for children's and young adult librarians.
[December 31, 2007]

ROI Calculator for RI Public Libraries
For every $1.00 in taxes spent on your local public library, how much do you receive in return? Check the calculator to determine the return on investment (ROI) for your public library.
[December 28, 2007]

Grant-in-aid Payments to Municipalities
Rhode Island cities and towns can check the status of library aid payments (and other state aid) through the RI Payment Information (RIPAY) website.
[December 18, 2007]

2007 OLIS-LORI Delivery Survey Results
40,038 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week of October 14, 2007.
[December 18, 2007]

New Phone Numbers for OLIS
The phone numbers at OLIS have changed. OLIS along with other state executive offices now have a 574 exchange.
[December 10, 2007]

2008 SRRC Contract
Sunday hours return as OLIS and PPL enter a new agreement for funding the Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC) at the Providence Public Library.
[November 20, 2007]

New delivery bins!
LORI delivery binLook for something new in the delivery system. OLIS has added 1500 new bins to the LORI Network.

[November 16, 2007]

OSL Communications Down Nov. 15 (morning)
Ocean State Libraries telecommunication equipment will be moved on the morning of Thursday Nov. 15. Public libraries will not have access to internet, phones, the online catalog, or websites hosted on the OSL servers from 6 a.m. until noon.
[November 14, 2007]

Making Technology Work for Library Users
OLIS brings together three nationally recognized experts to reflect on the impact of computers, technology and the Internet on libraries and their users in a day long workshop at the Barrington Public Library on December 6.
[November 1, 2007]

2007 OLIS-LORI Delivery Survey
The OLIS-LORI Delivery Survey commenced this past Sunday, October 14, 2007. This is a one week count of outgoing items sent through OLIS's LORI Network Delivery system. The information is essential for OLIS to negotiate contracts, maintain supplies, and to our continuous monitoring and improvement of this key service.
[October 15, 2007]

OLIS Becomes NELINET Consortial Sponsor
OLIS has entered into a partnership with NELINET as a Consortial Sponsor. LORI libraries are now associate members of NELINET (unless they are already full NELINET members).
[October 15, 2007]

Talking Books Newsletter
Check out the latest edition of Talking Times, the newsletter of the R.I. Talking Books Program. Find out about the new digital recorded book, how Talking Books patrons can access free education materials, solutions to common playback machine problems, and more!
[October 15, 2007]

OLIS Online Forms Problems
All online forms on OLIS site with the results going to one or more email accounts are not functioning at this time. We appreciate your patience as we are working to solve the problem.
[October 9, 2007]

RI Historical Society Launches Unified Online Catalog - NETOP
Researchers can now access materials relating to RI history in the form of books, film, maps, museum objects…and much more through a single catalog interface.
[October 2, 2007]

Brown University Library receives National Leadership Grant
The Brown University Library, partnering with the Library and the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design,is one of 43 recipients of an $18 million IMLS award for its Gorham Company Collaborative Planning Project.
[October 1, 2007]

Children’s Services Calendar
The 2007-2008 calendar for children’s services librarians is now available.
[September 27, 2007]

Highlights from the tabulated 2007 LORI Standards Certification
The statistics were collected between January 15 and March 15, 2007.
[August 30, 2007]

OLIS 2007 Fall CE Schedule
Twenty one programs covering topics from reference, customer services, management, to technology are scheduled for September through December, 2007. Also included are the 200 plus technology-related online courses through WebJunction.
[August 17, 2007]

LORI Map: Mapping the Libraries of Rhode Island
The LORI Directory meets Google Maps to create a new visual directory of LORI libraries.
[August 20, 2007]

Staff Changes at OLIS
There have been a few staff changes at OLIS since Chief Library Officer Howard Boksenbaum took over the helm. The OLIS Library is staffed once again and the vacancy left by Sheila Carlson's retirement has been filled. Learn more . . .
[July 19, 2007]

Summary of 2007 Legislation Relating to Libraries
The RI legislative session that ended on June 30, 2007 resulted in several resolutions and amendments to laws that relate to libraries.
[July 17, 2007]

E-Rate Discount Rate for Funding Year 2008
RI Library discounts for Funding year 2008 included four communities with increased and two with decreased discounts.
[July 16, 2007]

WebJunction Online Courses
This summer nearly 200 online courses focusing on technology and web topics are available free of charge for staff of LORI network libraries.
[July 16, 2007]

New on the Board
Four reappointments and two new appointments to the Library Board of Rhode Island were approved in the waning days of the Senate session.
[July 12, 2007]

2006 Comparable Statistics Updated
The Wage Reports have been added to the Comparable Statistics of RI Public Libraries 2006. Reports are available individually or as part of the complete updated report.
[July 6, 2007]

Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
The Office of Citizenship has compiled a free toolkit to help public libraries begin or enhance a collection for immigrants.
[June 26, 2007]

Get a Clue @ Your Library!
The 2007 summer reading program is underway at libraries around the state.
[June 22, 2007]

Rogers Free Library Groundbreaking
groundbreaking shovelsOn May 25, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction that will see the Rogers Free Library in Bristol grow from 6200 square feet to nearly 30,000 square feet.
[June 21, 2007]

LORI ILL Email & FirstSearch Updates, 6/13/2007
“lorinet.info” is the new domain name for LORI ILL email. FirstSearch login page has been moved to the new home too.
[June 13, 2007]

RI LSTA Long Range Plan 2008-2012
The draft version of OLIS' Five Year Plan is available for review and comment now through June 5.
[May 22, 2007]

LORI ILL Email Updates, 6/6/2007
The transition for LORI email server and the FirstSearch login applications will take place officially on June 13, 2007.
[June 5, 2007]

Rhode Island 211 Launches
United Way 2-1-1 in Rhode Island is a new help line that connects individuals and families to valuable resources at community-based organizations or government agencies. The multi-lingual service is available 24/7/365.
[June 1, 2007]

Announcement about LORI ILL email and FirstSearch
On June 13, 2007, all LORI libraries’ addresses for LORI ILL, xxxill@lori.ri.gov, will be changed to a new domain name. The URL for FirstSearch will also be different as a result of the email migration.
[May 21, 2007]

CLAN Becomes Ocean State Libraries
The name and logo have changed, but all else remains the same as the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network becomes Ocean State Libraries.
[May 11, 2007]

Fun and Facts of Early Literacy
On May 7, trainer Saroj Ghoting introduced the six early literacy skills that build the foundation for a preschool child to later successfully learn to read.
[May 10, 2007]

OLIS Staff Member Retires
Sheila Carlson, a member of the OLIS Network Services Team and resident e-rate expert, has retired after 28 years of service to the State of Rhode Island and the library community.
[May 7, 2007]

Comparable Statistics 2006
The reports are compiled annually from the Annual Report surveys and other Grant-in-Aid forms submitted to OLIS by RI public libraries.
[May 1, 2007]

New OLIS CE: Information Literacy Needs of College Freshmen
What do students need to know about doing research at the college level? How can they prepare for the experience? Information literacy needs of first year college students are explored in My College Freshman is Your High School Senior on May 23.
[April 12, 2007]

RI Historic Preservation Conference Features Libraries
Two libraries will be featured at the 22nd annual RI Historic Preservation conference in Pawtucket on April 14. This year's conference theme is historic preservation and sustainability; there will also be a panel on State Preservation Grants.
[April 2, 2007]

RIFLI wins Verizon Tech Savvy Award
The RI Family Literacy Initiative, a collaborative of 4 RI public library systems, has been honored as one of five winners nationwide.
[March 29, 2007]

Preservation and Access to Historical Records Grants
Six RI libraries receive grants from State Archives Division to preserve local history materials.
[March 14, 2007]

Construction News
OLIS enters an agreement to reimburse the construction of a major addition to the Rogers Free Library in Bristol; Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library construction makes rapid progress.
[March 1, 2007]

Retired OLIS Chief Named COLA Sweetheart of the Year
Anne Parent was honored recently at the Coalition of Library Advocates annual meeting.
[March 1, 2007]

Surf Rhode Island extended through April 30th!
Continue to SurfRI, the R.I. Statewide Databases, at your library now through the end of April.
[February 23, 2007]

New programs and new formats for the Spring and Summer CE schedule
Twenty-five programs are scheduled for March through June, 2007. And new this year, almost 200 technology-related online courses.
[February 19, 2007]

Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries
The Governor's proposed budget was released on January 31; state aid to public libraries is based on data reported in the 2005 annual report and may be less than libraries were anticipating. Please check the updated numbers.
[February 5, 2007]

Weekend Interruptions to OLIS Mail
OLIS staff email (username@olis.ri.gov) will be down for system upgrades from Noon, Fri. Feb 2 to Mon. Feb. 5, 9:00 AM.
[February 2, 2007]

LORI Email Updates, 1/23/2007
Effective March 29, 2007, OLIS will no longer provide support to LORI email accounts for individual library staff members. Each library's LORI ILL email account, xxxill@lori.ri.gov, will continue as is.
[January 23, 2007]

ALSC Announces Literary Award Winners
At their Mock awards sessions earlier this month, Rhode Island librarians selected an impressive 6 out of the 11 actual winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and Sibert awards.
[January 22, 2007]

New E-rate video tutorials on Form 471
Three short videos (2-7 minutes) are available to assist any libraries that need to submit the Form 471 (before the deadline of Feb. 7!)
[January 22, 2007]

LSTA Evaluation Survey
OLIS invites you to fill out a brief survey as part of our data collection effort for the evaluation of the Five-Year Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Plan. The survey will remain open until Tuesday, January 23 rd, 2007.
[January 17, 2007]

Mock Caldecott and Mock Sibert Results
On January 8 a group of children's services librarians, school library media specialists and teachers selected winners for RI's mock version of the Caldecott and Sibert awards.
[January 17, 2007]

Karla Harry Commission on Libraries in Rhode Island
Resources, information and links for the Special Legislative Commission to Study the Strengths and Weaknesses of Library Services.
[January 9, 2007]

FirstSearch, LORI/ILL email outage scheduled for 2 hours on 1/13
From 9-11 AM on Sat., Jan 13, FirstSearch access, LORI ILL email, and LORI personal email will be down to accommodate a wiring upgrade at RINET.
[January 9, 2007]

RI Mock Newbery Results
On January 3 a group of children's services librarians, school library media specialists and teachers selected a winner and four honor books.
[January 8, 2007]

LORI Email Update
SPAM is down but alternate email accounts are still required.
[January 5, 2007]