OLIS offers consultation services to youth services librarians in the areas of collection development, programming, services, facilities, policies, planning and evaluation. OLIS is a pro-active advocate for children and teens, and library services for youth and collaborates with other agencies for information sharing, cooperative projects and school/public library cooperation.
OLIS supports library services for children and teens by providing continuing education for librarians, facilitating information sharing through commmunities of practice such as the Children's Services Round Table and Young Adult Round Table, and book evaluation activities such as the Mock Newbery and Mock Caldecott programs.
OLIS supports reading programs for youth including the Summer Reading Program, the Rhode Island Children's Book Award, and in collaboration with the RI Center for the Book, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island.
The RI Young Adult and Children's Services Discussion List (RIYAC) was created November 2019 as a discussion tool and forum for all RI library youth services staff to connect on issues and topics related to youth. The single listserv for youth services will streamline the dissemination of information and facilitate discussion and resource sharing among a broader audience. The RIYAC listserv replaces the YART listserv and the Children's Services Google group and all members of the listserv and Google group have been automatically subscribed to RIYAC. To join RIYAC or inquire about your subscription status please contact Danielle Margarida.
Stay informed with youth services information from OLIS by signing up for bi-weekly newsletters. Information about OLIS meetings, workshops, and state and national events pertaining to library youth services can be found on the youth services calendar.