OLIS Continuing Education Programs

October Programs

Media Smart Libraries IdeaFest

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 4-6pm

North Kingstown Free Library

Speaker(s): Panelists: Kristin Almeida, School Librarian, Westerly Middle School; Suzanne Costa, School Librarian, Barrington High School; Lee-Ann Galli, Reference and Technology Librarian, Narragansett Public L


From stop motion animation to film discussion, media literacy, digital citizenship and and makerspaces, the school and public librarians who completed the Media Smart Libraries badge certification program, have learned a lot and are ready to share their experiences and ideas with colleagues. Participants will come away inspired by the stories of these library leaders that will not only provide how-to information, resources, and new programming ideas, but allow plenty of time for audience Q&A. Come hear for yourself that it is not as hard as you might think to implement digital and media literacy activities into your library!


This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, and Take Action Badges.


Registration required

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians, Library Students

Mock Newbery Meeting #1

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 7-9pm

Hampden Meadows School

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2016. The first discussion list will be coming soon. Be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.


Registration required

Intended Audience: Youth Services librarians

Envisioning the Future of Resource Sharing in Rhode Island: Aspiration Meets Practicality

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 9:30am-3pm

Bryant University - Douglas and Judith Krupp Library Bello Center

Speaker(s): Marshall Breeding, Founder and Editor of Library Technology Guides;

Please join OLIS, the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group and your colleagues from around the state for a day-long program where all aspirations will be considered and all practicalities reexamined.


The morning portion will feature keynote speaker Marshall Breeding, founder and editor of Library Technology Guides, editor of Smart Libraries Newsletter for ALA TechSource, author of Cloud Computing for Libraries, former Director for Innovative Technology and Research at Vanderbilt University Library, and many other professional accomplishments that make him a sought-after presenter on library issues.


Marshall Breeding will rejoin us in the afternoon, along with featured guests from the Rhode Island library community, for an open discussion of how Rhode Island librarians can hold onto our resource sharing aspirations while being pulled in the opposite direction by the practical demands of resource sharing.


Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served. Lunch is not provided but is available on the Bryant campus.


Registration required

Intended Audience: Any LORI library staff interested in the future of RI library resource Sharing

LORI Delivery Open House

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 2:30-3:30pm

Optima Facility, 50 Houghton Street, Providence

Speaker(s): Optima and OLIS staff


Do you ever wonder about the journey a book or DVD makes through OLIS Delivery? What really happens between the time it leaves one library and is delivered to another? How many people handle an item? Are those library materials safe and secure? Get answers to your questions by attending the Open House.


Join OLIS and Optima Shipping Systems representatives at the Providence sorting and distribution center. The center is the base for LORI Library Delivery sorting and distribution. This event will allow all attendees the opportunity to view the sort facility and see the sort process in action.


Registration required

Intended Audience: Library staff especially those involved in circulation and delivery

Using Social Media to Promote Your Collection & Resources

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 3:30-5pm

Cranston Public Library: Central Library

Speaker(s): Panel Presentation


The use of social media to promote library programs and resources has exploded over the past few years. In this session, we will hear from local librarians who use such sites as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites to reach library users and promote resources. Are some sites more useful than others, and what may be the pitfalls in using them?


Registration required

Intended Audience: LORI Library staff