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News Archive 2012

2012 Year in Review
2012 was a year of new beginnings and new opportunities for the Office of Library and Information Services. We can't wait to start in on 2013!
[December 28, 2012]

OLIS On the Move!
OLIS has once more found it necessary to move, albeit within the same building. Staff are for the most part in temporary digs as the new area is reconfigured for us. The collection in the Frank Iacono Library is not available until further notice.
[December 7, 2012]

Mock Newbery 2012: Third Session
Children's services librarians are invited to review children's novels of 2012 in the third session of OLIS's annual Mock Newbery on December 5.
[November 14, 2012]

OLIS Bids Fond Farewell to Debbie Cullerton
Debbie Cullerton, long time OLIS office manager, retired October 26 after many years of service to the State of Rhode Island.
[November 9, 2012]

OLIS 2013-17 Five Year Plan
The Institute of Museum and Library Services accepted the Five-Year Plan submitted by OLIS. IMLS Director Susan Hildreth writes that the OLIS plan is "an excellent framework for the future."
[November 8, 2012]

State Offices Remain Closed for Hurricane Sandy
The Office of Library and Information Services will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. LORI delivery will resume Tuesday for libraries that are open and scheduled for regular Tuesday stops. DOD requests will be delayed; OLIS will process these requests Wednesday or when state offices re-open.
[October 30, 2012]

State Offices Closed for Hurricane Sandy
The Office of Library and Information Services will be closed on Monday, October 29 due to the impending storm. LORI delivery is cancelled for all libraries on Monday. Check back on the OLIS website for updates about Tuesday.
[October 29, 2012]

What's New With World Book
World Book is one of a number of resources available on AskRI - learn more about this great tool at a RILINK coordinated workshop on Oct. 23.
[October 19, 2012]

The Changing Library Landscape
The Library Board of RI is conducting a survey to learn more about how RI libraries are responding to changing patron needs. Please take this brief survey by Oct. 19.
[October 12, 2012]

Mock Newbery 2012: Part 2
Children's services librarians are invited to review the children's novels of 2012 in OLIS' annual Mock Newbery. Session 2 takes place Nov. 7.
[October 12, 2012]

2012-2013 Calendar for Children's Services Librarians
The 2012-2013 Children's Services Calendar has been released.
[October 12, 2012]

LORI Delivery Items Fall Count (Date Change)
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 8 Items count worksheet
[October 12, 2012]

Spring 2012 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
52,398 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week of February 26, 2012.
[October 9, 2012]

LORI Library Delivery Claims Procedure
OLIS has implemented a claims procedure in the event that libraries receive damaged items in delivery.
[September 24, 2012]

Library Directors, Digital Literacy and the Library Report
At the September 18 OLIS library directors meeting, directors learned about initiatives on digital literacy (from national expert and RI's own Dr. Renee Hobbs) and discussed the library's role in creating a digitally literate community. [reports from the RI Library Report]
[September 21, 2012]

Children's Summer Reading Program Finale 2012
readers at mccoy55 kids representing Summer Reading Program participants from RI public libraries across the state took the field at McCoy Stadium on August 20 with their favorite books in hand.
[August 23, 2012]

OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2012
The Fall programs feature youth services, disaster response, adult services, database trainings, resource sharing, accessible ereaders and more.
[August 21, 2012]

Delivery on Demand Request Form
The form is designed for LORI Delivery On Demand (DOD) libraries to request a DOD pick up.
[August 1, 2012]

Summer Reading Program in Full Swing in the Ocean State!
This summer, adult readers hang out "Between the Covers," children "Dream Big!" and young adults "Own the Night" at public libraries statewide.
[July 24, 2012]

2012 LORI Standards Certification Summary
Highlights of the FY2011 LORI ILL statistics and the results from the 2012 library technology assessments are now available.
[July 20, 2012]

SRRC Moves to Providence Community Library
AskRI is now hosted by the Providence Community Library. Please update your contacts for email and phone (223-1200).
[July 2, 2012]

New Resources, Wider Access to EBSCO Databases
A new agreement between OLIS, OSL and EBSCO will provide greater access and additional databases for RI libraries and AskRI starting July 1.
[June 7, 2012]

Teen Video Challenge Winner
Teen Video Challenge logoThe video by Emily Antonelli, Adeline Hanssen, and Franklin Patton of Westerly is this year's National Summer Library Collaborative Teen Video Challenge winner from Rhode Island.
[May 30, 2012]

Summer Reading Programs 2012
Summer's here and so are the annual summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Learn more about the programs and view the statewide performance schedule.
[May 24, 2012]

Statewide Reference Resource Center Moves to PCL
As a result of the RFP issued by OLIS earlier this year, the contracts for managing the SRRC and AskRI in 2013 have been awarded to the Providence Community Library.
[May 24, 2012]

National Library Legislative Day 2012
A delegation of RI librarians and library advocates attended ALA's National Library Legislative Day in Washington, receiving updates on national legislation and presenting RI's library agenda to legislators.
[May 24, 2012]

NLS Librarians Convene in Newport
OLIS extends a warm welcome to the National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals, meeting in Newport this week. The conference, titled Charting Our Course: Expanding Our Services, will discuss next steps now that the digital talking-book system has been implemented.
[May 21, 2012]

Reading Aloud in Rhode Island (REAL)
Ready for some REAL family fun? REAL, will kick off the 2012 Statewide Summer Reading Program with RI authors and illustrators at the Providence Children's Museum on Friday, June 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
[May 16, 2012]

ReferenceUSA Discontinued on AskRI
Due to a lack of funding, ReferenceUSA will no longer be available through AskRI after April 30. Libraries linking to ReferenceUSA through the statewide license should remove any such links at that time.
[April 25, 2012]

2013-2017 OLIS LSTA Plan
OLIS and the Library Board of RI have prepared a draft OLIS 5-year Plan for 2013 – 2017 as required by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LSTA. Comments are welcome.
[April 17, 2012]

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island
KRARI, Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 3rd year!
[April 16, 2012]

Evaluation of OLIS' LSTA Plan Implementation
The independent evaluation of OLIS’ 2008-2012 Plan for LSTA Grants to States Program was completed in March. IMLS directs state library administrative agencies to independently evaluate the activities assisted under the plan.
[April 6, 2012]

New LORI Library Delivery Contract
OLIS has awarded the 2012 -2015 contract for LORI Delivery Service to NOW Delivery. The new LORI Statewide Library Delivery Contract begins Monday, April 2, 2012.
[March 29, 2012]

OLIS CE: New EmployRI sessions
Two new sessions on EmployRI have been added to the OLIS Continuing Education schedule. There are now sessions scheduled in Narragansett, North Scituate and Pawtucket. Check out these and other OLIS CE programs taking place in April, including summer reading, AskRI, Geek 101, the whole book approach and more.
[March 23, 2012]

New Titles in the Iacono Library
Library affiliates, friends, and students are welcome to check these titles out through the Ocean State Libraries catalog. Have a title to recommend?
[March 21, 2012]

Submit the Spring 2012 LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected February 26 through March 3. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[March 5, 2012]

New OLIS CE & March Classes
A session on AskRI has been added to the OLIS CE calendar on April 10. Check out this program and other March OLIS CE offerings including classes on presentation skills, adult services, children's literature, Money Smart Week (new speakers added), genealogy, EmployRI and disaster planning.
[March 2, 2012]

Fall 2011 OLIS-LORI Delivery Survey Results
53,435 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of November 13, 2011.
[March 1, 2012]

LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, February 26 through Saturday, March 3. Items count worksheet
[February 23, 2012]

OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2012
Expand your knowledge and enhance your skills by taking an OLIS Continuing Education class this spring. Over 30 classes covering everything from workforce development and financial literacy to technology, reference and children's services.
[February 3, 2012]

Evaluate OLIS's Five-Year Plan
Every five years the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services is required to conduct an evaluation of its implementation of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) "Grants to States" program.
[February 3, 2012]

Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries 2013
The Governor has proposed level funding for state library aid in fiscal year 2013.
[February 1, 2012]

SRRC Request for Proposals 2013
OLIS is seeking applications for the Statewide Reference Resource Center grant. RFPs, applications, instructions and additional information are now available.
[January 30, 2012]

AskRI Updates: Service Restored
The AskRI website transition has been completed and AskRI is fully functional as of January 27, 10:20 am. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Cindy St. Amour at the Providence Public Library, 455-8085.
[January 26, 2012]

2011 Public Library Annual Report
The 2011 Public Library Annual Report raw data is now available.
[January 23, 2012]

2012 Teen Video Challenge
Rhode Island teens are invited to create a video promoting Summer Reading at the library. creative teens wanted
[January 23, 2012]

2012 Caldecott Medal
The 2012 Caldecott Medal was awarded on Monday, January 23rd, 2012.
[January 23, 2012]

2012 Newbery Medal
The 2012 Newbery Medal was awarded on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
[January 23, 2012]

2012 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 17 through March 15, 2012.
[January 17, 2012]

E-rate: Free/Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Report
The data needed for funding year 2012 E-rate application for each eligible library.
[January 13, 2012]

2012 Mock Caldecott
The 2012 Rhode Island Mock Caldecott took place on Monday, January 9th, 2012.
[January 11, 2012]

New Delivery RFP for LORI Library Delivery Services
The State of Rhode Island invites proposals for a statewide library delivery service. The new service contract will begin April 1, 2012.
[January 5, 2012]