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News Archive 2009

2009: Year in Review
Despite challenging economic times, there were many bright spots during 2009 for OLIS and RI libraries. Best wishes to all in 2010!
[December 31, 2009]

OLIS Continuing Education: Winter 2010
OLIS offers over 500 online courses via WebJunction RI - members can take these courses at no cost. The Winter CE session also features several youth services meetings and RELAIS ILL training.
[December 31, 2009]

2009 Public Library Survey Data
Raw data, including salary information, collected through the 2009 Annual Report Survey for Rhode Island Public Libraries is now available.
[December 31, 2009]

Relais ILL Resources
Forms, contact information and other resources for the new LORI ILL system.
[December 28, 2009]

2010 Mock Caldecott
Join your colleagues to examine some outstanding picture books from 2009. Find out what it's really like to serve on the national Caldecott Committee from a former member.
[December 23, 2009]

Mock Newbery Session 3
The next Mock Newbery will be held on January 6. Check out the updated reading list.
[December 16, 2009]

World Book Dramatic Learning CE
World Book's new Dramatic Learning has been added to the collection of resources on AskRI. Learn more about this exciting new product at OLIS CE on December 10. Two sessions, one conveniently scheduled for teacher-librarians.
[November 23, 2009]

Statewide Reference Resource Center 2010
Access to statewide databases will continue with the 2010 agreement between OLIS and the Providence Public Library. New features and improved access to databases are included in the new contract.
[November 18, 2009]

OverDrive Compatible MP3 Players Available from OLIS
Ever wish you could be helpful when asked about OverDrive audiobooks? Now OSL library staff can check out a variety of audiobook players to learn more about the technology and the process involved.
[November 9, 2009]

World Book Adds Dramatic Learning
World Book's new Dramatic Learning has been added to the collection of resources on AskRI. Explore this new product and look for training through OLIS CE in December.
[October 30, 2009]

Mock Newbery Session 2
The next Mock Newbery will be held on December 3. Check out the updated reading list.
[October 30, 2009]

Delivery Survey -- Now's the Time
Please complete the online delivery survey with the item counts you'd collected October 19 through October 25. Questions? Call 574-9308 or refer to the delivery survey instruction for more information.
[October 26, 2009]

Read for the Record 2009
OLIS staff and the Department of Administration daycare center teamed up to participate in Jumpstart's Read for the Record on October 8.
[October 22, 2009]

Summer Reading Programs Thrive in 2009
Rhode Island public libraries had many noteworthy successes this past summer during the 2009 children’s and teen summer reading program.
[October 22, 2009]

NELINET Joins LYRASIS
OLIS is now a member of LYRASIS, the nation’s newest and largest regional membership organization serving libraries and information professionals. LORI libraries will benefit from the expanded opportunities now available through LYRASIS.
[October 22, 2009]

Mock Newbery
Sharpen your book discussion and evaluation skills! Join youth services librarians from across the state for the first Mock Newbery on October 27th.
[October 2, 2009]

RI Librarians Participate in National Book Festival
OLIS librarians and RI Center for the Book members participated in the Pavilion of the States at the 9th annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
[September 30, 2009]

Summer Reading Program Finale
OLIS' new Youth Services team hit a home run at the Summer Reading Program finale at McCoy Stadium as they joined young readers from public libraries across the state.
[September 11, 2009]

Access to World Book Resources
Recent changes to the World Book super home page have resulted in access issues for Verizon FIOS customers and out-of-state Rhode Islanders. These users must temporarily use a different link for access.
[September 4, 2009]

OLIS & State Open on September 4
A temporary stay of Governor Carcieri's first shutdown day on Friday means that state government and OLIS will be open regularly scheduled hours on Friday, September 4.
[September 3, 2009]

State Fiscal Crisis Brings Shut Down Days to OLIS
OLIS will be closed 12 days between Sept. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010; the first shut-down day is Sept. 4. OLIS staff will not be available on these days, but automated online services and delivery to non-state libraries will continue.
[August 31, 2009]

OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2009
Over 20 classes, many offered at multiple times and locations. The first program will start on September 9, 2009.
[August 31, 2009]

E-rate Application Web Site Down for System Upgrade
September 1 at 5 p.m. EDT is the last day and time to submit any online forms or to interact with USAC database until the upgrade is completed which is expected to happen on September 14 at 9 a.m. Details at the USAC web site.
[August 31, 2009]

Additional E-rate Funding Available for 2010
FCC announced to carry forward $100 million in unused E-rate fund for funding year 2010. Apply now to expand the communication capacity of your library.
[August 24, 2009]

LORI ILL Implementation Update - July 29, 2009
A series of trainings for LORI libraries on the new statewide resource sharing system are scheduled to start in late September. More information will be made available in the upcoming 2009 Fall OLIS CE program brochure.
[July 29, 2009]

New Resources on AskRI
AskRI has added Hispanica Saber, a comprehensive Spanish Language Encyclopedia and 3 World Book Digital Libraries (Living Green, Early Peoples, Inventions & Discoveries) to its offerings.
[July 13, 2009]

OLIS Welcomes New Staff
On July 7, the OLIS staff grew by two: Cheryl Space joins us as the Library Program Specialist for Youth Services and Jeremy Cutler is an Information Services Technician, providing support for LORI Network Services.
[July 13, 2009]

Libraries Helping Rhode Island Get Back to Work
Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) demonstrates how Rhode Islanders get help from their public libraries.
[June 12, 2009]

OLIS Hires New Youth Services Librarian
OLIS is pleased to announce that Cheryl Space will join our staff as the New Youth Services Librarian.
[June 8, 2009]

First Lady Challenges Children to Read
First Lady ReadingFirst Lady Suzanne Carcieri read Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure, written and illustrated by Don Brown, to Ms. Zaikowski's fourth grade class at Hamilton Elementary School in North Kingstown to promote the importance of children reading at least four books during the summer months. Visit the Summer Reading Program website.

[June 5, 2009]

OLIS Wins 2009 MayDay Prize
OLIS is a MayDay prize winner in Heritage Preservation's 2009 MayDay prize drawing.
[June 4, 2009]

OLIS at RILA
OLIS appeared as a vendor at the 2009 RILA Conference, raffling off a variety of items over the two day conference.
[June 4, 2009]

Be Creative @ Your Library
Summer Reading imageThe 2009 children's Summer Reading Program which begins in June, encourages children to "Be Creative @ Your Library." Now in its 32nd year, this cooperative effort between OLIS and Rhode Island public libraries promotes reading during summer vacation.

[May 22, 2009]

Relais Enterprise for LORI ILL
Relais Enterprise ILL hosted service is selected to replace the LORI ILL forms currently hosted by OLIS. The state-wide implementation will take place before the beginning of the 2010 school year.
[May 18, 2009]

MayDay! RI Cultural Institutions Prepare for Emergencies
May 1 is the day for a national effort to prepare for disasters. On MayDay 2009, Protecting the Past RI is launching dPlan-RI, an online disaster planning and recovery template for use by libraries and other state cultural heritage holders.
[May 1, 2009]

Talking Books Plus Newsletter
The spring edition of the Talking Times is now available. This issue includes news about the NLS digital library program and downloadable audio and much more.
[May 1, 2009]

Swine Influenza Resources
Librarians can find resources to answer questions about swine flu on the RI Department of Health website and Medline Plus (English and Spanish).
[April 28, 2009]

OLIS Move Nears Completion
The Office of Library and Information Services has moved its offices; phone numbers remain the same.
[April 28, 2009]

Information Services Technician I Vacancy Notice, OLIS
The RI Department of Administration announces recruitment for an Information Services Technician I. Application period ends May 3, 2009.
[April 27, 2009]

Poetry for Hope, April 19-23
Rhode Islanders may enjoy “Poetry For Hope,” a weeklong gathering of national State Poets Laureate who will travel throughout the state celebrating poetry, music, the humanities, and the unique people and voices of Rhode Island.
[April 17, 2009]

OLIS on the Move
The Office of Library and Information Services will be moving its offices starting April 15. Some disruption of communication may occur during this transitory period.
[April 14, 2009]

Librarian Appointed to OLIS Library
OLIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia Waters as the new librarians’ librarian in the OLIS Library as of April 13.
[April 14, 2009]

WebJunction: Connect, Create and Learn
Learn more about WebJunction by attending an online session on Monday, April 20. This online class is offered through Wimba, OLIS' new tool for online courses and meetings.
[April 13, 2009]

Library Program Specialist III Vacancy Notice, OLIS, Extended
Although OLIS has has a good response to the advertisement of the Library Program Specialist III vacancy so far, the application period has been extended through April 5, 2009 to allow participation from a wider audience nationally.
[March 30, 2009]

OLIS Wins Cash Prize from ALSC
OLIS is among ten library organizations nationwide to receive a prize for its use of the Kids! @ Your library campaign materials.
[March 30, 2009]

Governor's Proposed Grant-in-Aid to Libraries
The Governor's proposed budget provides level funding for libraries in fiscal year 2010.
[March 18, 2009]

ILL Working Group Recommends Relais Enterprise for LORI ILL
The LORI ILL Working Group explains why the resource sharing product Relais Enterprise is the ideal instrument for LORI ILL.
[March 18, 2009]

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill
The omnibus bill that President Obama signed fully funds LSTA and increase funding to other important library programs.
[March 16, 2009]

Library Program Specialist III Vacancy Notice, OLIS
The RI Department of Administration announces recruitment for a Library Program Specialist III. Application period ends March 15, 2009.
[March 10, 2009]

WebJunction Survey
How do you use WebJunction? What role does it play in your professional life. Take the member survey and let us know what you think. Not a member of WebJunction? Join now to enjoy the benefits of WebJunction RI.
[March 5, 2009]

OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2009
Over 20 classes, many offered at multiple times and locations. New this session: online webinars! Participate in an interactive session from your library or home using Wimba. Also: ADA, senior services, web design, 23 Things, creating an online disaster plan and much more.
[March 2, 2009]

OLIS Website Offline, Feb. 28 - March 1
State websites, including the OLIS and Government Information websites, will be offline beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, 2009 and be unavailable for up to 8 hours (until 5 a.m., Sunday, March 1, 2009) while the network is being upgraded.
[February 26, 2009]

Library Program Specialist I Vacancy Notice, OLIS
The RI Department of Administration announces recruitment for a Library Program Specialist I. Application period ends March 1, 2009, with a 3 day grace period.
[February 26, 2009]

WJ Learning Connects to Library Staff Competencies
The new Library Management Competencies on WebJunction RI connect current and aspiring managers to courses and resources available on WebJunction.
[February 18, 2009]

Discussion Groups on WebJunction
OLIS has moved the Children's Services Discussion Group to WebJunction, which provides more options for interaction. Other new groups include the Young Adult Round Table (YART) and Adult Programming.
[February 13, 2009]

AskRI News and Updates, February 10, 2009
Links for EBSCO have been updated again to resolve linking issues in school libraries. Also, please review the note on access for Verizon FIOS subscribers.
[February 11, 2009]

AskRI News and Updates, February 2, 2009
Links for EBSCO have been updated to allow seamless access from within all libraries. A new logo for HomeworkHelpRI is available. Access issues exist for Verizon FIOS users. These notes and more are included in this month's AskRI Updates.
[February 2, 2009]

Summary of Statistics Gathered through 2008 LORI Standards Certification
Results from the FY2007 LORI ILL Statistics and 2008 Technology Assessment are summarized in this article.
[January 22, 2009]

2009 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 15 through March 16, 2009.
[January 16, 2009]

AskRI News and Updates, January 2009
Homework Help RI is currently down due to linking issues. We hope to restore the site as soon as possible. Also in this issue, more on EBSCO linking.
[January 12, 2009]

Legislative Updates 2009
Information about legislative actions during the 2009 session of the RI General Assembly that impact libraries will be posted on the OLIS website as it becomes available.
[January 8, 2009]

2008 Public Library Survey Data - Bibliostat Connect
2008 Annual Report Survey data for Rhode Island Public Libraries is now available to directors through Bibliostat Connect. Salary information and all raw data is available on the OLIS website.
[January 8, 2009]