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News Archive 2013

2013 Year in Review
The Office of Library and Information Services navigated through a year of positive change in 2013. Best wishes to all in 2014!
[December 31, 2013]

New AskRI Database
AskRI.org now offers the genealogical database African American Heritage through ProQuest.
[December 20, 2013]

2014 Mock Caldecott
The 2014 Mock Caldecott will be held Monday, January 6th at William Hall Library in Cranston.
[December 17, 2013]

Library of Rhode Island Technology Scan
Preview the new LORI Technology Scan that will be an integral part of the 2014 LORI Standards Certification.
[December 6, 2013]

Tiverton Library Breaks Ground
After many years of planning, a new library is under construction in Tiverton.
[November 22, 2013]

The Essential Library
Don't miss The Essential Library: Community Leadership Strategies on Monday, November 18 at the Barrington Public Library. This event is co-sponsored by the Coalition of Library Advocates, the Rhode Island Library Association and OLIS.
[November 15, 2013]

AskRI Updates
Find out what's new with the databases and with AskRI's services at the News and Updates page.
[November 8, 2013]

Submit the OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected November 3 through November 9. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[November 8, 2013]

EBSCO Training
There is still time to register for the EBSCO training session at Barrington High School on November 14 from 4-6PM. The session will focus on the Points of View, Biography Collection Complete, and Literary Reference databases.
[November 8, 2013]

2014 Mock Newbery
The next Mock Newbery discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th.
[November 7, 2013]

2013 LORI Standards Certification Summary
Highlights of the FY2012 LORI ILL statistics and the results from the 2013 library technology assessments are now available.
[November 6, 2013]

New Learning Express Version Live
Learning Express 3.0, the newest version of the database, is now live. Your patrons will have to re-register their accounts in order to take new classes if they have not already done so. Please remember to update the link on your library's page.
[November 1, 2013]

Best Practices: Library Delivery
OLIS has created a best practices page for placing items in the LORI Library Delivery system. Please review and feel free to print a copy of the page for placement in your delivery area.
[November 1, 2013]

Learning Express update
October 31st is the last day to switch from the previous version of Learning Express. Accounts made on the previous version will not transfer, so encourage patrons to create a new account or finish their coursework.
[October 31, 2013]

Spring 2013 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
52,957 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week of April 7, 2013.
[October 24, 2013]

RI Children's Book Award Winner
OLIS would like to congratulate author Dan Santat for winning the 2013 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award for his graphic novel Sidekicks.
[October 23, 2013]

OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9 Items count worksheet
[October 18, 2013]

New Online Form to Report Delivery Issues
Effective immediately, please use the online form to report issues with delivery. This form replaces the Delivery Hotline and will enable OLIS to track issues in delivery more effectively.
[October 7, 2013]

2014 Mock Newbery
The next Mock Newbery discussion is scheduled for October 30, 2013.
[October 1, 2013]

OLIS at the National Book Festival
OLIS participates in the 13th Annual National Book Festival, Pavilion of the States in Washington, DC on September 21.
[October 1, 2013]

Covered Bins Are Here!
Covered bins for the OLIS-LORI Library Delivery have arrived and are being distributed to libraries as of this posting. [Sept. 18, 2013]
[September 18, 2013]

Learning Express Technical Issue Resolved
Learning Express through AskRI is back up and running after some technical issues this morning.
[September 5, 2013]

Learning Express Currently Down
AskRI's Learning Express new 3.0 database version is currently down due to technical problems. AskRI is working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
[September 5, 2013]

Children's Summer Reading Program Finale 2013
48 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 30, 2013]

Covered Bins for OLIS-LORI Delivery
New covered bins for the OLIS-LORI Library Delivery service will be distributed to libraries in September. 
[August 28, 2013]

OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2013
The Fall programs feature youth services, disaster response, adult services, consumer health information, online privacy, AskRI and more.
[August 27, 2013]

Statewide Reference Resource Center
OLIS has renewed its agreement with the Providence Community Library to provide statewide reference services to all Rhode Islanders and RI libraries through AskRI.
[August 23, 2013]

EBSCO Now Includes Consumer Health Complete
OLIS is pleased to announce that Consumer Health Complete is now offered as part of the AskRI databases. The database provides basic medical articles and articles on health-related topics and drug information, as well as searchable books, videos, and images.
[August 19, 2013]

Staff Changes at OLIS
Chief Library Officer Howard Boksenbaum has retired and OLIS welcomes a new staff member.
[August 9, 2013]

Affordable Care Act and RI Libraries
OLIS Continuing Education Programs: 2013 Special Session, August 13
[August 1, 2013]

Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources
With the enrollment for the Affordable Care Act beginning on October 1, OLIS has compiled resources for libraries.
[July 19, 2013]

Library Board of Rhode Island Appointments
The Library Board of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members.
[July 11, 2013]

Summer Reading in Full Swing
Every participating library around the state has begun their summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults. Visit your local library to sign up and start reading.
[July 1, 2013]

Another Successful Kids Reading Across Rhode Island
Thanhha Lai, author of the 2013 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island book, Inside Out & Back Again, charmed and impressed both kids and adults at the State House on June 1st.
[June 18, 2013]

Commissioner Gist Challenges Kids to Read This Summer
The Office of Library and Information Services is partnering with the Department of Education on Commissioner Deborah Gist's Summer Reading Challenge, "Dive Into a Book!"
[June 11, 2013]

New World Book Resources on AskRI
World Book has added two new resources, Early World of Learning and Academic World Book. AskRI now offers 12 World Book products, for learners of all ages.
[June 6, 2013]

Talking Times Newsletter
The Summer 2013 edition of the Talking Books Plus Newsletter is now available online, in print and in audio formats.
[May 29, 2013]

National Library Legislative Day 2013
Library Board of RI members and others met with members of Congress and policy groups in Washington, DC to advocate for libraries.
[May 10, 2013]

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island
KIDS Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 4th year on June 1st!
[May 9, 2013]

2013 Summer Reading Program
Visit your local public library this summer and dig into reading with presentations by summer reading program educators and artists.
[May 9, 2013]

Minimum Standards and Regulations for Rhode Public Libraries
The Library Board of Rhode Island has accepted proposed Minimum Standards and Regulations for RI Public Libraries. The comment period is now open; a hearing will be held May 30.
[April 29, 2013]

Submit the April 2013 LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected April 7 through April 13. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[April 12, 2013]

OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 13 Items count worksheet
[April 4, 2013]

We're All in It Together: Connecting Reference & Information Literacy Across All Rhode Island Libraries
Information Literacy and Inquiry/Reference Services are of increasing importance to patrons of all ages in all types of libraries. Join the OLIS Multi-type Library Reference Advisory Group for a keynote presentation and roundtable discussions that will bring together school, public, academic, and special library staff to learn and share ideas about best practices and future applications to enhance and connect these valuable services across all Rhode Island libraries.
[April 4, 2013]

Fall 2012 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
45,694 items were transported in the LORI Delivery system during the week of December 2, 2012.
[April 4, 2013]

Reading Week 2013
The 2013 Reading Week book list has been released.
[March 26, 2013]

Digital Literacy Instructor Training
Learn how to teach basic Internet skills to adults with BBRI’s curriculum and other free resources in a special session for librarians on April 12.
[March 19, 2013]

Library Board of RI Meeting Cancelled
The meeting scheduled for March 18 has been cancelled.
[March 18, 2013]

Stakeholder Meeting for Standards Postponed
Due to the impending storm, the Stakeholder meeting scheduled on Tuesday, March 19 at No. Kingstown Library has been cancelled and rescheduled at Jamestown Library on Monday, March 25.
[March 18, 2013]

Stakeholder Meetings for Standards
Two meetings (March 21 & 25) have been scheduled to gather feedback about the draft revised Minimum Standards for RI Public Libraries.
[March 1, 2013]

Revision of Public Library Standards
OLIS is in the process of revising the Minimum Standards for Rhode Island Public Libraries.
[February 27, 2013]

Chief Library Officer Announces Retirement
Howard Boksenbaum has announced his plans to retire this year after nearly 34 years working in the RI library community.
[February 21, 2013]

New OLIS CE Programs Added to Schedule
Six new programs have been added to the OLIS Spring CE schedule, including programs on preparedness for disasters and emergencies, cloud computing and technology, reference and information literacy, and AskRI.
[February 21, 2013]

E-rate: Free/Reduced Price Meal Eligibility Report
The data needed for funding year 2013 E-rate application for each eligible library.
[February 18, 2013]

State Offices Closed for Blizzard
OLIS has closed as of 1 pm on Friday, Feb 8.
[February 8, 2013]

Weather Advisory for Libraries
A blizzard warning is in effect for RI starting 6 am on Friday. Weather conditions during and after the storm may seriously affect library buildings.
[February 7, 2013]

Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries 2014
The Governor has proposed level funding for state library aid in fiscal year 2014.
[February 4, 2013]

OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2013
The spring programs feature youth services and adult services. More programs will be added throughout the month of February.
[January 28, 2013]

2013 Mock Newbery
The Rhode Island Mock Newbery vote was on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at Cranston Public Library, Oaklawn Branch.
[January 25, 2013]

2013 Mock Caldecott
The 2013 Rhode Island Mock Caldecott vote was Monday, January 14th, 2013 at William Hall Library in Cranston.
[January 25, 2013]

2012 Public Library Annual Data
Raw data, including salary information, collected through the 2012 Annual Report Survey for Rhode Island Public Libraries is now available.
[January 16, 2013]

2013 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 15 through March 15, 2013.
[January 15, 2013]