Ocean State Libraries (OSL) has been busy putting into place an exciting new resource for the state of Rhode Island. Through the BTOP grant, OSL purchased equipment and software for video conferencing; and with the cooperation of the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) was able to set up a network to support this endeavor. Eight public libraries, as well as the OSL headquarters in Warwick received stand alone conferencing systems, and four libraries received mobile systems. This is an exciting breakthrough for library patrons and staff, who will now be able to remotely attend meetings, conferences, and trainings.
Through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant acquired through the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), OSL was also able to purchase a content server which has been installed at OSHEAN's URI data center. This gives our public library network the unprecedented opportunity to archive programming as content in its library catalog. Patrons who want to watch a refresher on Excel, figure out their new e-Reader or catch that great program on perennials that they missed will be able to search for and view these programs through the online catalog.
OSL is hard at work training the library staff on using the equipment and had a demo of some of the capabilities at the statehouse on February 28th for Library Legislative Day.