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Name: Karen
Title: Chief of Library Services
Organization: State of Rhode Island
Address: Office of Library and Information Services
1 Capitol Hill Fl 2
City: Providence
State: RI
Zip Code: 02908
Phone: (401) 574-9304
Appointment Date: 12/14/2014
Committee Assignments: n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:
State Home Page:
Governor: Gina M. Raimondo
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association: n/a
Other State Library Links:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2010
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 1,052,567
Number of Public Libraries: 48
Total Circulation: 7,823,064
Circulation Per Capita: 7.4
Total Library Operating Income: $46,958,981
Total Expenditures: $44,419,126
Expenditures per capita:$42.20
State Support:$7,698,411
Total Construction Funding:$2,492,974
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 1,482,811


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released:
Governance Structure: The Chief of Library Services heads the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS)which reports to the Director of the state Department of Administration who in turn reports to the Governor. OLIS has responsibility for carrying out state and federal programs related to libraries. A Library Board of RI appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the state Senate advises the governor and the Chief Library Officer on library policy and planning.
Library Legislation:
Rhode Island State Constitution Article XII Rhode Island General Laws Title 29
Library Standards:
Minimum Standards for RI Public Libraries
Allied and Other Special Operations: index to RI government information; Talking Books Plus Statewide Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Number of Service Outlets: 1
Collections: Professional Library Collection 5,500 volumes
Staff: 13 FTE
Income: 4,529,650
Expenditures: 4,529,650
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:
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