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2014: Year in Review

2014 saw changes and new programs for libraries both in Rhode Island and across the country.  Modernization of the eRate program was big news on the national level, while here in Rhode Island new Minimum Standards for Rhode Island Public Libraries went into effect and the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) teamed up with the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) to make Rhode Island the first state to launch a statewide financial literacy program with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Big OLIS news in 2014 included the award of over $200,000 in Library of Rhode Island (LORI) grants to nine libraries across the state – five public libraries, two consortia, one school library, and one special library.  OLIS received requests for over $622,000 for a stunning array of projects, confirming that Rhode Island libraries are stocked with creative people with innovative ideas.  While LORI grants are generally funded with Library Services and Technology Act funds, OLIS also awarded a state-funded LORI grant to Ocean State Libraries to take a giant step forward in creating a statewide catalog; the grant will bridge the catalogs of OSL and most HELIN libraries.

This summer libraries sparked a reaction across the state with the annual summer reading program, which started off with the fifth annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island escaping from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Governor Chaffee appointed four new members to the Library Board of Rhode Island, and the Statewide Reference Resource Center moved back to Providence Public Library. In continuing education, OLIS looked at the Changing Face/Space of the Library and explored the new normal in libraries across the state, in partnership with RILA and the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA). OLIS helped public libraries get an edge with the Edge Assessment and Impact Survey and OLIS' work in disaster and preservation planning was featured by the Institute of Museum and Libary Services.  Finally, in 2014 OLIS celebrated 50 years as the state library agency, with Karen Mellor moving in to take the helm as its eighth director.  It’s been another busy year of serving Rhode Island’s libraries and OLIS looks forward to a new year filled with more exciting opportunities. Happy New Year!


2014 Headlines on the OLIS Website

2013 Public Library Annual Report
The 2013 Public Library Annual Report raw data is now available.
[January 9, 2014]

2014 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 15 through March 17, 2014.
[January 14, 2014]

Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries
The Governor's Proposed Budget for 2015 includes level funding of state aid to libraries.
[January 16, 2014]

Mock Caldecott
Journey by Aaron Becker was chosen as Rhode Island's Mock Caldecott winner for 2014.
[January 21, 2014]

Standards for RI Public Libraries
New Minimum Standards and Regulations for RI Public Libraries have been adopted; public libraries must comply by July 1, 2014
[January 22, 2014]

OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2014
The Spring programs feature youth services, adult services, e-resources, hands-on sessions on EmployRI and consumer health, AskRI and more.
[January 22, 2014]

Caldecott Medal
The 2014 Caldecott Medal was awarded on January 27, 2014 to Locomotive by Brian Floca.
[January 29, 2014]

Newbery Medal
The 2014 Newbery Medal was awarded on January 27, 2014 to Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo.
[January 29, 2014]

LORI Grant Program 2014
Applications are now being accepted for the LORI Grant Program.
[February 13, 2014]

Legislative Updates 2014
Information about legislative actions during the 2014 session of the RI General Assembly that impact libraries will be posted on the OLIS website as it becomes available.
[February 14, 2014]

Discount Data for FY2014 E-Rate Application
E-Rate Discounts for Funding Year 2014 (July 2014-June 2015).
[February 21, 2014]

AskRI Vendor Training Sessions
Trainers from AtoZ databases and ProQuest databases will be in Rhode Island this spring to offer in-depth searching techniques and tricks for their products and to field questions from librarians.
[March 11, 2014]

OLIS-LORI Delivery Customer Service Survey
If you are a library director or you are directly involved in the hands-on work with or supervision of OLIS-LORI Delivery in your facility, please help OLIS collect information about your library's experiences with Delivery by completing a brief survey. The survey closes Friday, March 28 at 3:00 P.M.
[March 24, 2014]

OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 12. Items count worksheet
[March 25, 2014]

SRRC Request for Proposals 2015
OLIS is seeking applications for the Statewide Reference Resource Center grant. RFPs, applications, instructions and additional information are now available.
[April 2, 2014]

Fall 2013 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
48,369 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of November 3, 2013.
[April 8, 2014]

Submit the OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected April 6 through April 12. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[April 14, 2014]

LORI Grant Awards
Seven libraries and two library consortia were awarded LORI Grants during the 2014 grant round.
[April 24, 2014]

Statewide Summer Reading Program
Everything you need to Fizz Boom Read, Spark a Reaction, or learn the Literary Elements is online.
[May 2, 2014]

OLIS CE - Edge Initiative and Impact Survey Review
Come join your fellow public librarians on June 12, 2014 to learn about using Edge and Impact tools for planning and for advocacy within your community. Registration required.
[May 16, 2014]

The Changing Face/Space of the Library: eBooks, Makerspaces & more
Library staff from all types of libraries across the state came together on April 29th at Bryant University to participate in the OLIS Continuing Education program with Keynote Speaker Deb Hoadley, Team Leader for the MA eBook Project at Massachusetts Library System.
[May 21, 2014]

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island this Saturday
Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island's One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 5th year this Saturday, May 31st from 2-4 PM at the State House. A free copy of the book will be offered (one per family) while supplies last.
[May 27, 2014]

AskRI Survey
OLIS is seeking input on AskRI databases; please let us know what you think by filling out the survey.
[May 30, 2014]

Fifth Annual Kids Reading Across RI
On Saturday, May 31st, the Rhode Island State House was bursting with 450 enthusiastic kids, parents, librarians, and teachers in celebration of the 2014 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island book, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.
[June 9, 2014]

OLIS Awards Grant to OSL for One Catalog
OLIS has awarded a grant to Ocean State Libraries to work with HELIN to develop and implement a shared access catalog of the holdings of OSL and HELIN.
[June 12, 2014]

Statewide Reference Resource Center Moves to PPL
The grant for the Statewide Reference Resource Center will be awarded to the Providence Public Library for state fiscal year 2015, which begins on July 1, 2014.
[June 12, 2014]

Senator Reed Launches Financial Literacy Initiative
Sen. Reed is teaming up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, OLIS, the RI Library Association and RI libraries in an effort to improve financial literacy. Senator Reed announces this new initiative Monday, June 16 at 10:30 am at the Marian Mohr Library in Johnston.
[June 13, 2014]

New Financial Literacy Partnership Announced
Sen. Jack Reed has announced a new financial literacy partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, OLIS, RILA, and RI libraries.
[June 17, 2014]

Spring 2014 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
45,052 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of April 6, 2014.
[June 25, 2014]

Governor Appoints New Members to the LBRI
Governor Chafee has appointed four new members to the Library Board of Rhode Island and reappointed three current members.
[June 30, 2014]

State Aid to Libraries
The approved state budget provides level funding for the grant-in-aid program.
[July 1, 2014]

Youth Services Librarian Departing OLIS
Cheryl Space leaves the Office of Library and Information Services on July 18.
[July 7, 2014]

E-rate Modernization
Information of the on-going E-rate Modernization efforts by the Federal Communications Commission, the schools, and the library community.
[July 17, 2014]

First Mock Newbery Discussion Scheduled
The first Mock Newbery discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st.
[July 18, 2014]

Summaries of the FCC 7th Report and Order
FCC and ALA issue summaries to the FCC Report and Order regarding E-rate modernization.
[July 30, 2014]

OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2014
The Fall programs feature youth services, adult services, hands-on sessions on EmployRI, AskRI and more.
[August 18, 2014]

Children's Summer Reading Program Finale 2014
48 kids representing Summer Reading Program participants from RI public libraries across the state took the field at McCoy Stadium on August 19th with their favorite book in hand.
[August 22, 2014]

OLIS CE - New Requirement to Receive Unemployment Benefits
As of Sept. 1, the RI Dept. of Labor and Training is requiring all unemployment benefit recipients to have an online resume in EmployRI. OLIS has partnered with the RI DLT to provide 3 training sessions for library staff to help patrons meet this requirement.
[September 9, 2014]

Financial Literacy @ Your Library
OLIS, RILA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are teaming up to present a program on developing and promoting financial education programs on October 9.
[September 19, 2014]

Job Opening: Youth Services Coordinator
OLIS is seeking a Library Program Specialist for Youth Services who can lead and coordinate statewide services for libraries serving children from pre-K through young adult.
[September 19, 2014]

OLIS in the News
OLIS' work in disaster and preservation planning was featured by IMLS in its September Project Profile.
[September 24, 2014]

Second Mock Newbery Discussion Scheduled
The second Mock Newbery discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5th.
[October 7, 2014]

OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, October 26 through Saturday, November 1.
Items count worksheet
[October 15, 2014]

Exploring the New Normal: Trends in Library Services
COLA, RILA and OLIS join forces to present a forum designed to shine a spotlight on emerging library trends by showcasing innovative projects and initiatives at libraries across the state.
[October 24, 2014]

2015 Summer Reading Program Performer's Application(s)
To be considered as a performer for the Summer Reading Program, performers must submit an application by Friday, November 14th to either audition in the Performer's Showcase or to be included on the list of potential performers.
[October 31, 2014]

Submit the OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected Oct. 26 through November 1. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[November 3, 2014]

Third Mock Newbery Discussion Scheduled
The third Mock Newbery discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3rd.
[November 18, 2014]

2014 LORI Standards Certification Summary
Highlights of the FY2013 LORI ILL statistics and the results from the 2014 library technology scans are now available.
[December 3, 2014]

Accessibility Options in Windows
Windows operating systems provide numerous options for making computers more accessible to users with disabilities. Learn how to make your PCs and various software programs more accessible on Dec. 12.
[December 4, 2014]

2015 Mock Newbery Voting Meeting
The final voting meeting for the 2015 Mock Newbery is scheduled for January 21st.
[December 8, 2014]

2015 Mock Caldecott
The 2015 Rhode Island Mock Caldecott meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 5th at William Hall Library in Cranston.
[December 15, 2014]

New Chief of Library Services Appointed
Karen Mellor has been appointed Chief of the Office of Library and Information Services.
[December 18, 2014]

New Titles in the Iacono Professional Collection
Library affiliates, friends, and students are welcome to check these titles out through the Ocean State Libraries catalog.
[December 22, 2014]

E-rate News: New Rural / Urban Status
With the new FCC urban/rural definition, 15 Rhode Island library facilities are now designated as in 'rural' area, up from one previously. The rural library would be eligible to receive an additional discount.
[December 24, 2014]

Fall 2014 OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count Results
43,386 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of October 26, 2014.
[December 26, 2014]

OLIS Celebrates 50 Years
That's right, OLIS, the former Department of State Library Services, DSLS, is 50 years old!
[December 31, 2014]