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2016: Year in Review

2016 was a year of both change and constance. Over the course of the year, the Office of Library and Information Services moved its offices into a new space that brings all staff in the agency together for the first time in two decades. We welcomed a new state data coordinator, Lauren Plews, who quickly dove into her work and provided new ways to visualize public library data and statistical reports. At the end of the year, long time OLIS staff member Ann Piascik retired; Alicia Waters has been moved part time into Talking Books Plus and OLIS developed a new position of Adult Services Coordinator (to be filled in early 2017).

2016 started with libraries certifying compliance with the new Library of Rhode Island Standards. 185 libraries completed the certification process that enables libraries of all types to freely share their materials, and share they do: over 2.1 million items moved through delivery in 2016. OLIS' LORI Delivery continued to run smoothly and in the late spring expanded to include interstate delivery to two Massachusetts library networks and over 30 other libraries in partnership with the Massachusetts Library System. In the fall, the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group looked at the future of resource sharing in Rhode Island, with special guest speaker Marshall Breeding.

OLIS offered a wide variety of Continuing Education programs throughout the year, including programs on Strategic Planning for Public Libraries and community assessment, Your Community by the Numbers. We continued our partnership with the University of Rhode Island's Media Smart Libraries (MSL) project, which included many MSL sessions and co-sponsored programs such as The ABCs of Media Literacy. The Young Adult Round Table (YART) delved into current topics such as gender diversity and teen behavior at the annual team summit sponsored by OLIS and the Massachusetts Library System, along with 9 other sessions that focused on teen literature and issues such as Serving Nontraditional Families and Urban Libraries. The Adult Services Roundtable presented sessions on identifying community partnerships for programming and attracting more diverse audiences (including men) to library programs. Other highlights in OLIS CE included Using Infogaphics for Visual Communication, Using Social Media to Promote Your Collection & Resources, a nd Arms Wide Open, a webinar on serving people with print disabilities followed by a discussion on serving the homebound.

In June, through the efforts of the RI Library Association and library advocates, the General Assembly provided an additional $900,000 to support public library services in Rhode Island's cities and towns in state fiscal year 2017, bringing the percentage of state aid based on local expenditures to 23.65%, from 22% in fiscal year 2016. However, the legislative session also included a reduction of funding for the Statewide Reference Resource Center (AskRI); as a result, AskRI subscriptions to Tutor.com and HeritageQuest were not renewed. On a more positive note, OLIS renewed the agreement with Providence Public Library to serve as the Statewide Reference Resource Center.

OLIS Youth Services staff were busy throughout the year supporting statewide library programs and youth services librarians. OLIS continued to support the RI Children's Book Award, which selected El Deafo by Cece Bell as the 2016 award-winner. Kids Reading Across RI kicked off the Summer Reading Program with Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, then the reading race was on across the state as children and teens got in the game. In the fall, OLIS staff along with the RI Council for the Humanities Center for the Book represented RI at the National Book Festival in Washington.

Throughout the year, OLIS staff support libraries across the state, through our services in areas such as disaster planning, library construction, adult services, reference services, youth services, and data and research. The agency serves Rhode Islanders with visual impairment or physical disabilities through Talking Books Plus and provides government information on info.gov. OLIS continues to update librarians and library staff on our projects and activities not only through our website, but also through Rhodarian, Facebook and Twitter - follow us!

It’s been another busy year serving Rhode Island's libraries, and we look forward to another productive year in 2017. Happy New Year!

2016 Headlines on the OLIS Website

Northstar Proctor Training
If you missed out on previous opportunities to attend the Northstar Proctor Training, you may register for the Jan. 29th session. OLIS still has a few licenses left.
[January 11, 2016]

2016 Youth Media Awards Announced
On January 11, the American Library Association announced the 2016 youth media award winners at its Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Find out how this year's winners compare to the RI Mock Newbery and Caldecott results!
[January 13, 2016]

2016 LORI Certification and Annual Update
OLIS is accepting LORI membership renewal and new application January 15 through March 15, 2016.
[January 15, 2016]

E-rate Funding Year 2016 Application
The window for the funding year 2016 E-rate application will open on February 3, 2016 at noon.
[January 25, 2016]

Voting for the Rhode Island Children's Book Award
Voting for the 2016 RI Children's Book Award will take place February 1 - March 4. School and public libraries are invited to submit their students' and patrons' votes for their favorite book among the 2016 nominees.
[January 29, 2016]

OLIS Continuing Education: Spring 2016
The spring CE session offers 21 programs featuring Media Smart Libraries, youth and adult services, services to print disabilities and homebound patrons, infographics, and more.
[February 3, 2016]

Frequently Asked Questions about LORI Standards
Have a question about LORI Standards? Check the FAQs. Contact OLIS for more information.
[February 3, 2016]

Governor's Proposed State Aid to Libraries
The Governor's Proposed Budget for 2017 includes level funding of state aid to libraries and the Office of Library and Information Services.
[February 3, 2016]

No LORI Library Delivery Monday, Feb. 8
Due to the weather forecast and dangerous road conditions, there will be no library delivery for today.
[February 8, 2016]

Library Board of RI Meeting Postponed
The Library Board meeting scheduled for February 8 has been postponed to February 22 due to inclement weather.
[February 8, 2016]

Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting
The Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting and the children's summer reading planning session "SRP Inspiration for On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" scheduled for February 9 has been postponed to February 23 due to inclement weather.
[February 8, 2016]

Report of Alleged Non-Compliance with LORI Standards
A library that believes a LORI member library is not complying with the LORI Standards may report it to the Office of Library and Information Services(OLIS).
[February 24, 2016]

2016 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner Announced
Between February 1 and March 4, 5,087 students in grades 3-6 cast their vote for the 2016 Rhode Island Children's Book Award winner. These students, representing 58 school and public libraries across the state, selected the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo by Cece Bell from a list of 20 nominees.
[March 7, 2016]

OLIS Library Card and Interlibrary Loan Policy
To facilitate interlibrary resource sharing, OLIS will begin issuing OSL cards (“OLIS Library Card”) to libraries that are members of the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) network, but do not belong to the OSL or HELIN library consortium.
[March 7, 2016]

OLIS Welcomes New State Data Coordinator
We are pleased to announce that Lauren Plews is joining OLIS as the new State Data Coordinator.
[March 7, 2016]

Fall 2015 LORI Delivery Items Count Results
40,716 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of October 18, 2015.
[March 11, 2016]

Public Library Comparable Statistics 2015
Selected statistics and data from the Public Library Annual Report are now available.
[March 11, 2016]

Strategic Planning for Public Libraries
Creating a comprehensive strategic plan with community input can feel like a daunting task. Consider spending a day so that you learn how to better approach and complete the process.
[March 15, 2016]

AskRI.org Usage Survey
Please provide your feedback and comments on AskRI.org resources. This survey is a vital tool to help us make AskRI.org the most useful suite of resources for Rhode Island residents, educators, and librarians. Survey closes April 18, 2016
[March 17, 2016]

LORI Delivery Service Cancelled for Monday, March 21
Library delivery service is cancelled today due to poor road conditions and school closings.
[March 21, 2016]

Interstate Delivery Pilot Project
The project enables Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts libraries to send and receive interlibrary loan items across the state border at no cost to participating libraries.
[March 31, 2016]

OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, April 24 through Saturday, April 30.
[April 4, 2016]

School Library Month Proclaimed in RI
Governor Gina Raimondo has proclaimed April as School Library Month, recognizing the contributions that school librarians make to their school communities.
[April 6, 2016]

Public Library Comparable Statistics 2015
Further reports on Rhode Island Public Libraries usage, collections, expenditures and revenue are now available.
[April 8, 2016]

2016 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 7th year!
[April 11, 2016]

E-rate Application Window Extension
Libraries and consortia have up to July 21, 2016 to submit form 471.
[April 18, 2016]

E-rate: Library Information
Find E-rate related library information such as locale codes, rural/urban status, and more.
[April 25, 2016]

Submit the OLIS - LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected April 24 through April 30. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information
[May 2, 2016]

New CE Program Added: AskRI.org Career Building Tools
This workshop will be an overview of the numerous career resources freely available to all residents of Rhode Island. Reps from Tutor.com, AtoZ and Learning Express will provide an in-depth tour of the workforce tools.
[May 19, 2016]

OLIS is Moving!
OLIS will be moving the week of June 6. During that time there may be some delay in OLIS communication and direct services as we relocate within the Dept. of Administration. Delivery will not be affected. Thank you for your patience!
[June 2, 2016]

2016 Summer Reading Program
Summer readers, children and teens, visit your local public library this summer and discover new books and presentations by summer reading program educators and artists.
[June 3, 2016]

Thomas Viall Receives RILA Citation of Merit Award
Thomas Viall, Chair of the Library Board of Rhode Island, was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Rhode Island Library Association at the Association’s annual conference on May 27.
[June 3, 2016]

Statewide Reference Resource Center RFI
OLIS is seeking information from public libraries to identify potential hosts for the SRRC (AskRI) through a Request for Information.
[June 3, 2016]

Spring 2016 LORI Delivery Items Count Results
43,053 items were transported in the OLIS-LORI Delivery system during the week of April 25, 2016.
[June 8, 2016]

Enacted State Aid to Libraries FY2017
State aid to libraries has been increased by $900,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.
[June 22, 2016]

OLIS Moving Update
OLIS is moving on Friday, July 8. OLIS staff will be without phones through Monday, July 11. Please use email to contact OLIS staff until that time; we will respond as quickly as possible.
[July 8, 2016]

OLIS Move Nears Completion
OLIS staff have moved to the second floor and have phone and email service as of July 11. While a few items still need to be attended to, the office is up and running.
[July 11, 2016]

FY2016 Rhode Island Public Library Annual Survey Now Open
Public libraries can now begin completing the survey. Workshops are being held in July. All public library staff who work on the survey are encouraged to attend.
[July 15, 2016]

New Public Library Data Maps Now Online
See fiscal year 2015 per capita data metrics including visitors, circulation and expenditures displayed on interactive visual maps of all public library systems in the state.
[August 4, 2016]

E-rate: Update on Invoicing and Payment Processes
Note the important new processes to receive E-rate reimbursement for funding year 2016.
[August 9, 2016]

OLIS Continuing Education: Fall 2016
The Fall CE session offers 19 programs featuring resource sharing, library data, social media, youth and adult services.
[August 17, 2016]

All-Star Summer Reading Finale
On August 23, 46 All-Star Readers took to the field at McCoy Stadium to celebrate the grand finale to the 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!"
[August 24, 2016]

2017 Mock Newbery Discussion
Mark your calendars for 2017 RI Mock Newbery discussion meetings and check out the long list of nominated titles.
[August 26, 2016]

AskRI Updates
Providence Public Library will continue to serve as the Statewide Reference Resource Center. Tutor.com and HeritageQuest databases will no longer be available on AskRI.
[September 2, 2016]

2016 LORI Certification Summary
Highlights of the FY2015 LORI ILL statistics and the results from the 2016 library technology scans are now available.
[September 23, 2016]

Envisioning the Future of Resource Sharing in Rhode Island: Aspiration Meets Practicality
Join OLIS, the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group and your colleagues from around the state for a day-long program about resource sharing.
[September 27, 2016]

OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count
All LORI Libraries receiving delivery service should begin their items count on Sunday, October 23 Through Saturday, October 29. Items Count Worksheet
[September 28, 2016]

2017 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 1st at 12:30 pm to audition in the Performer's Showcase.
[September 29, 2016]

OLIS at the National Book Festival
OLIS and RI Center for the Book participate in the Pavilion of the States at the 16th Annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
[September 29, 2016]

Expanded Interstate Delivery Pilot Project
25 additional libraries began to participate in the RI/MA interstate delivery pilot project on October 1, 2016.
[October 7, 2016]

OLIS CE on the Future of Resource Sharing
RI librarians and staff gathered at the Bryant University Bello Center for an open forum about the future of resource sharing.
[October 21, 2016]

OLIS Signage on LORI Delivery Vans
Check out the new signs on the OLIS-LORI delivery vans.
[October 21, 2016]

Submit the OLIS-LORI Delivery Items Count
Submit the LORI delivery items count you collected Oct. 23 -29. Questions? Call 574-9308 or review the delivery survey instructions for more information.
[October 31, 2016]

OLIS Continuing Education Programs, December 2016
Check out what's coming to OLIS Continuing Education in December.
[December 2, 2016]

2017 Mock Caldecott
Mark your calendar for 2017 RI Mock Caldecott discussion on January 9, and take a look at this year's reading list.
[December 13, 2016]

Final Mock Newbery Discussion List Available
Check out the final reading list before voting on January 18!
[December 13, 2016]

Library Program Specialist Job Announcement
OLIS is seeking a Library Program Specialist II to serve as Adult Services Coordinator. This new position also includes work in the area of library development. Applications are due Dec. 24.
[December 15, 2016]

Job Opening: Library Program Specialist (Reposted)
OLIS is seeking a Library Program Specialist to serve as Adult Services Coordinator. This new position also includes work in the area of library development. Applications are due January 6; if you previously applied, you DO NOT have to reapply.
[December 28, 2016]