OLIS News and Updates

January, 2023

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01/18/2023 - 16:02

RI Children's Book Award 2023 Voting

Voting for the 2023 RI Children's Book Award will take place February 1, 2023 - March 13, 2023. Beginning February 1, schools and libraries may submit their voting results using th
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01/10/2023 - 11:33

FY2022 Public Library Staffing and Salaries Report Available

A report containing staffing and salary data from the FY2022 Public Library Annual Survey is now available.
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01/09/2023 - 20:07

2022 Year in Review

At the close of 2021, OLIS staff identified the agency’s guiding words as connection, learning, listening, and exploration to carry us into 2022.

What followed was a year of intention that brought with it a combination of endings, new beginnings and exciting opportunities.

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01/09/2023 - 20:02

ARPA at Work in Rhode Island Libraries

In March 2021, the Office of Library and Information Services was awarded $2.2 million through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to support libraries in Rhode Island

 The inclusion of aid for the nation’s libraries in the massive federal ARPA package was made possible largely through the efforts of Rhode Island’s Sen

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Chaichin Chen
01/05/2023 - 17:51

OLIS Bids Fond Farewell to Technology Innovator

Chaichin Chen has retired after 26 years at the Office of Library and Information Services

Long-time staff member Chaichin Chen retired from the Office of Library and Information Services on December 31, 2022.

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Chelsea Watts
01/05/2023 - 13:11

OLIS Welcomes New Digital Resources Coordinator

The Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to announce that Chelsea Watts has joined our team as the new Digital Resources Coordinator.

Chelsea will coordinate OLIS web services and online resources, and provide support for other digital initiatives such as the Rhode Island hub for the D

October, 2022

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10/28/2022 - 14:10

Pilot Libraries Sought for Equity Initiative

The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is one of six state library agencies piloting the IMLS grant-funded initiative Building Equity Based Summers Through Libraries
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10/26/2022 - 11:19

Youth Services Programming Kits Now Available

OLIS is pleased to announce the development of Programming Kits and StoryWalk® Sets for Rhode Island public libraries to borrow and use with their communities. The purpose of the