Governor Lincoln Chafee and the Office of Library and Information Services announced that nine grants have been awarded to fund innovation in Rhode Island libraries. Most of the funds will go toward integrating new technologies into libraries, but several of the winning projects focus on advancing literacy, and on strengthening ties between libraries and their communities.
According to Karen Mellor, Rhode Island’s Acting Chief of Library Services, these grants will benefit all Rhode Islanders.
The lessons learned from these grants are things that will be shared statewide so that other libraries can then emulate these projects or share in the benefits of the projects. These grants really do benefit all the libraries in the state, and thereby, all the people in the state of Rhode Island.
Of the winning grants, Mellor says that she’s most excited about the digital collection that’s going to be created from the holdings of twenty-two Rhode Island libraries. Soon, Rhode Islanders will be able to access documents from the libraries of eleven colleges and universities, ten hospitals, and the state supreme court—all online, and all for free.
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