2010 Year in Review
It's been an eventful year, with many bright spots during 2010 for OLIS and RI libraries. Best wishes to all in 2011!
[December 31, 2010]
Talking Times Newsletter & Survey
The Winter 2011 edition of the Talking Books Plus newsletter is now available. This edition also includes a member survey.
[December 24, 2010]
IMLS Reauthorization Signed Into Law
On December 22, President Obama signed into law the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010. Principal author of the bill, which recognizes the role of libraries in building strong and vibrant communities, was RI Senator Jack Reed. Reauthorization means that federal support to OLIS will continue.
[December 24, 2010]
OLIS Continuing Education: Winter 2011
The Winter CE session features several youth services meetings and one adult services program.
[December 21, 2010]
Protecting the Past Highlighted in IMLS Report
RI's March 2010 floods underscored the need for disaster plans for libraries and cultural heritage institutions. The flood and OLIS' federally funded dPlan-RI project are highlighted in the IMLS publication Connecting to Collections: A Report to the Nation (p. 32).
[December 20, 2010]
Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery
Vote for your choice for the most distinguished illustrations and writing for children at Rhode Island's Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery meetings on January 5, days before the actual winners are announced at ALA Midwinter.
[December 16, 2010]
2010 LORI Standards Certification Summary
Highlights of the FY2009 LORI ILL statistics and the results from the 2010 library technology assessments are now available.
[December 15, 2010]
E-rate News: New Form 470 coming up in January, 2011
The new Form 470 will be released after January 3, 2011. What is to expect with this change taking place in the midst of the funding year 2011 E-rate application?
[December 7, 2010]
OLIS announces recipients of 2011 Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Grants
Eleven libraries and consortia will receive grants for projects that include digitization, planning, creating a K-12 education collection, support for early or adult literacy literacy, and work with underserved youth.
[December 6, 2010]
Submit the 2010 LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected November 14 through November 20. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[November 21, 2010]
Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar
The online version for the Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar is now available in English. The online version includes expanded booklists.
[November 18, 2010]
AskRI News and Updates
New marketing materials are available for Mango and HomeworkHelpRI. Find out what's new with HomeworkHelp, Mango, World Book and other AskRI databases.
[November 17, 2010]
New OLIS email addresses
All OLIS staff have been assigned new emails as part of an update to the state email system. Please note our new addresses as listed in the OLIS Staff Directory. As a reminder, if you are looking for assistance in a specific area but don't know who to call, check Staff Contacts by Task.
[November 9, 2010]
The OLIS blog Rhodarian is back, bringing you local and national library news and information with a Rhode Island accent. Check it out and feel free to add your comments.
[October 26, 2010]
Read for the Record 2010
OLIS staff join Jumpstart in its national campaign to raise awareness for early literacy through Read for the Record.
[October 18, 2010]
OLIS staff represent RI at 10th Annual National Book Festival
The Pavilion of the States salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
[October 8, 2010]
New Chairman for the Library Board of RI
Tom Viall has been appointed as the new chair of the Library Board of RI, succeeding long term chair Mark McKenney.
[October 1, 2010]
FCC Released E-rate Order
The Federal Communications Commission released the E-rate Order on September 28, 2010 to upgrade and modernize the E-rate program. The Order increases options for schools and libraries for broadband providers and streamlining the application process.
[September 29, 2010]
OSHEAN Receives $21.7M Federal Stimulus Grant
OSHEAN has been awarded a federal stimulus grant of $21.7 million to bring vastly increased broadband capacity to the community anchor institutions of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts. These include schools, libraries, universities, community colleges, hospitals and government agencies.
[September 14, 2010]
Library of Rhode Island Grants
OLIS is accepting applications for Library of Rhode Island (LORI) Grants. OLIS offers LORI Grants with funds from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the Grants to States Program supported by the Library Services and Technology Act.
[September 10, 2010]
Summer Reading Finale
54 Summer Reading Program participants representing libraries across the state took the field August 16th at McCoy Stadium, including one lucky reader who won a trip to Disney World.
[September 3, 2010]
OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2010
The Fall programs feature youth services, disaster recovery and over 500 online courses via WebJunction RI. More programs will be added throughout the month of September.
[September 1, 2010]
OLIS Welcomes New Staff Member
Lauren Gage has joined the OLIS staff as a Library Program Specialist.
[August 30, 2010]
Summary of Statistics Gathered through 2009 LORI Standards Certification
Results from the FY2008 LORI ILL Statistics and 2009 Technology Assessment are summarized in this article.
[August 13, 2010]
E-rate News: Electronic Funds Transfer
Effective August 31, 2010, all federal universal service fund support payments will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Is your service provider ready for this?
[August 10, 2010]
Continuing Education for the Summer
The Young Adult Round Table discusses RI History and participation in National History Day on Aug 17. Looking for more continuing education courses? Check out the online courses on WebJunction!
[July 26, 2010]
OLIS Continuing Education Survey 2010
OLIS is conducting a survey on our Continuing Education program. Please take the survey by August 6 so that we can better meet the needs of the library community!
[July 19, 2010]
2009 OLIS-LORI Delivery Survey Results
49,815 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of October 18, 2009.
[July 8, 2010]
Summary of 2010 Legislation Relating to Libraries
Information about library related legislative actions completed during the 2010 session of the RI General Assembly.
[July 6, 2010]
Spotlight on Summer Reading
Channel 10's News Conference, Special Assignment: Education on Saturday, July 3 features RI Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist and OLIS' Cheryl Space talking about summer learning and summer reading.
[June 29, 2010]
Make A Splash - Read!
Summer's here and so are the annual summer reading programs for children and teens, who will be making waves at their libraries. Learn more about the programs and view the statewide performance schedule. Download the Summer Reading Program booklet [pdf].
[June 23, 2010]
Why We Still Need Libraries
View the keynote speech by the Rhode Island Chief Library Officer Howard Boksenbaum recorded during the URI GSLIS 2010 Annual Gathering. The content of the talk is also available in pdf format.
[June 4, 2010]
Library Program Specialist I Vacancy (extended application period)
The Office of Library and Information Services announces that the application period for the Library Program Specialist I position has been extended to June 4, 2010.
[May 21, 2010]
Youth Reading Across Rhode Island
Find out what's going on with RI's first One Book, One State program for students in grades 4-6. And don't miss the Kick-off Celebration with author Kate Klise on June 12 at the State House!
[May 18, 2010]
ReferenceUSA Database Training, May 20-21
Learn how to use one of AskRI's newest databases. Even if you're familiar with ReferenceUSA, this is your opportunity to learn what's new. New session has been added on May 20 at Providence Public Library.
[May 11, 2010]
New AskRI Databases
Three new databases debut on AskRI! All Rhode Islanders now have access to LearningExpress, Mango Languages, and ReferenceUSA. Find information about linking to these new statewide resources on the Librarians' Resource Center on AskRI.
[May 4, 2010]
Library Program Specialist I Vacancy Notice, OLIS
The RI Department of Administration announces recruitment for a Library Program Specialist I. Application period ends May 12, 2010.
[April 29, 2010]
New Titles in the OLIS Library [pdf]
OLIS has most recently acquired close to 100 new titles, and more new titles are on the way! Library affiliates, friends, and students are welcome to check these out through the Ocean State Libraries catalog.
[April 19, 2010]
New Connecting to Collections Grant
OLIS has been awarded an IMLS Connecting to Collections Implementation Grant that will build on and expand the scope of the Protecting the Past RI planning project.
[April 12, 2010]
New Databases for AskRI
OLIS and the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library are pleased to announce that three new statewide databases will be added to AskRI in April: LearningExpress Library, Mango Languages and ReferenceUSA US Businesses. Look for more details in the coming weeks!
[April 8, 2010]
April is School Library Month
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career. The 2010 theme is Communities Thrive @ your library.
[April 1, 2010]
State Offices Closed March 31
The Office of Library & Information Services and all non-essential state offices are closed March 31. Many resources, including information on disaster recovery for libraries, are available on the OLIS website. State Offices and OLIS will reopen April 1.
[March 31, 2010]
Report on the Rhode Island Statewide Delivery System [pdf]
Led by the LBRI member Thomas Viall, the Delivery Sub-committee of the Library Board of Rhode Island shares its findings and recommendations of the state’s LORI Delivery System.
[March 26, 2010]
Flood Victim Resources
Resources listed under “Flood / Water Damage” can be of particular use for librarians getting requests for information to help citizens recover from flooding. Additional resources on the page may be of use as well.
[March 22, 2010]
Resume Workshop from Tutor.com
Tutor.com, the service behind Homework Help RI and the Career Center on AskRI, is offering a free online workshop for library patrons on April 14.
[March 18, 2010]
Library Design Symposium
LYRASIS and OLIS present a Library Design Symposium on Friday, April 9. Learn about green building projects and other innovative projects in New England. Poster session includes 3 RI libraries.
[March 18, 2010]
Why We Still Need Libraries [pdf]
Chief Library Officer Howard Boksenbaum was the keynote speaker at the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Annual Gathering on March 26. Howard's talk addressed why we still need libraries in the age of the Internet.
[March 5, 2010]
LORI ILL (Relais) Tutorials and Procedures
Video tutorials, provided by the Providence College Library Commons, and checklist are now available for LORI libraries. The existing book and article request forms will be taken off OLIS web site on March 4, 2010.
[March 1, 2010]
OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2010
Over 20 programs covering everything from book repair to grant writing, including 6 online programs of database training and a smorgasbord of in-person software training. WebJunction RI also offers many opportunities for learning. Learn at your desk or in a stimulating in-person session.
[February 26, 2010]
Talking Times Newsletter, Winter 2010
News and information for patrons of Talking Books Plus, including updates on the digital book program, readers' advisory, and more. Now also available as an audio file.
[February 10, 2010]
Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries
The governor continues support of public libraries, the state’s libraries, and the state library agency in the 2011 Proposed Budget, which includes level funding aid to libraries.
[February 4, 2010]
E-rate Reminder: Deadline for filing Form 471 is Thursday, February 11, 2010
All but Central Falls have the same E-rate discount rate as last year. Discounts are based on most recent school lunch figures from the RI Dept. of Education.
[February 1, 2010]
This month a group of children's services librarians, school library media specialists and teachers selected winners for RI's mock version of the Newbery and Caldecott awards. The national winners were selected Jan 18 - see how RI librarians results stack up!
[January 21, 2010]
Legislative Updates 2010
Information about legislative actions during the 2010 session of the RI General Assembly that impact libraries will be posted on the OLIS website as it becomes available.
[January 19, 2010]
2010 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 15 through March 15, 2010.
[January 15, 2010]
Mock Newbery 2010
On January 6, 2010 a group of children's services librarians, school library media specialists and teachers selected Rhode Island's Mock Newbery Medal winner. Check back after January 18, 2010 to see the official Newbery Medal winner.
[January 14, 2010]