2019 RILA CONFERENCE
SPONSOR AND EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY
Contact: Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services
The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is Rhode Island’s state library agency. OLIS provides support and services to libraries of all types, coordinating library services statewide to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have free access to superior library services that meet their needs for education, work, and personal growth and fulfillment. The agency facilitates resource sharing and interlibrary cooperation through the Library of Rhode Island (LORI), a multi-type network of over 200 libraries. OLIS provides direct library service to the blind and physically handicapped through Talking Books Plus, and participates in planning and providing access to government information online for state agencies and the public. OLIS also administers state aid to libraries; in 2016 the agency awarded grants-in-aid that included $7.7 million to Rhode Island’s cities and towns for library services, $2.7 million in public library construction reimbursement of 18 projects in 16 municipalities, and $1 million for the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library (AskRI.org).
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES
Contact: Dr. Valerie Karno
The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS) is one of six academic programs that make up the Harrington School of Communication and Media. We are proud to be among the few programs of higher education that integrate library and information studies into a comprehensive program of communication and media studies. Our graduates benefit from opportunities to engage in real-world learning, developing competencies as information professionals, educators, and effective communicators. GSLIS is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and our School Library Media program is approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).
EXHIBITORS AND ADVERTISERS
Contact: Beatrice Pulliam, AskRI Director
AskRI.org is the online portal for all services of the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library. AskRI.org is designed to be Rhode Island’s most complete site for finding out what you need. Students, jobseekers, librarians and educators, and the curious can all reach the information they need – with a librarian’s help, by exploring our services, or through carefully chosen pages of other helpful sites. AskRI.org resources and services are made possible with state funding provided via Rhode Island's Office of Library and Information Services (RIGL 29-6-9).
Contact: James Miller
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) offers premium content through databases, journals & magazines, e-books and more, including subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, and online access to 800,000+ e-books. EBSCO provides a versatile discovery tool for searching across all library resources and EBSCO’s content and feature-rich technology platforms serve the needs of researchers at all levels—academic institutions, schools, public libraries, hospitals and medical institutions, corporations and government institutions. Through its YBP Library Services division, EBSCO is also the largest collection development and book purchasing services provider for academic libraries. For more information, visit: www.ebsco.com.
Contact: Charles Halloran
Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium
Contact: Nicole Miller
(413) 577 0573
We strive to be the consortium of choice for our members by providing multi-vendor contracts that are the best in the industry in terms of cost avoidance, product and service depth, vendor quality, choice and terms; and by being an active catalyst for local and regional small business participation, including women and minority-owned companies.
We support the success of our members and vendors by engaging their input and providing consulting support, customized reporting, special events, education programs and communications forums that encourage a vibrant, interactive, regional marketplace and learning community. We are committed to staying on the leading edge of technology as an integral part of our delivery model.
Contact: Jim Connolly
New England Archives Center (NEAC) is one of the largest privately held Document Service Bureaus in the United States. Most of our key personnel have been employed for many years. We are a full service company providing the services outlined below. Our core business is document conversion and we have developed many positive controls for monitoring production and quality. Our experience spans several decades and many changes in technology. Our services span four major areas: Records Storage and Media Storage; Microfilming Services, Equipment and Supplies, Document Scanning and Conversion Services, and Document Management Services (Equipment, Software, and Support)
Contact: Jim Stewart
Your library has a great story: Our suite of affordable, easy to use web-based applications works with you to promote events, register patrons, manage your museum and book club kit programs, and lots more.
Contact: Joe Levy
Recorded Books is the largest independent producer of audiobooks in the world, with a catalog of more than 35,000 exclusive titles narrated by award-winning actors. In addition to the highest-quality audiobooks, Recorded Books also offers eBooks, magazines, comics, entertainment services, educational offerings, and more.
The company’s RBdigital app also delivers the library industry’s broadest array of digital content services to millions of consumers. Founded in 1979, Recorded Books is an RBmedia company.
Contact: Dorothy Frechette
RILINK is a cooperative effort by Rhode Island school libraries to share their resources through an interactive, web-based catalog of library materials. Students and teachers at RILINK member schools can use their library catalogs to look for, and request, books or other items at member libraries. Items requested are delivered to each school through the statewide library network. Currently, over 200 school libraries working together form RILINK, sharing their books, audiovisual materials and expertise to provide better service to their 110,000 students and teachers. (RILINK serves over 70% of Rhode Island K12 students.)
Contact: Sean Crump
As we enter our twenty-first year of business, we have grown into one of New England’s most extensive school furniture dealers while increasing our level of customer loyalty. As a full–service distributor to Schools and Libraries throughout New England, we sell, install, and stand behind the products that we represent. School Furnishings can provide budget pricing, assistance with drawings, layouts, space determinations, samples, and demonstrations. With School Furnishings, you are not buying “sight unseen” from a catalog!
Contact: Putnam Morgan
Servicestar Document Management, LLC is an Authorized Representative for ST Imaging’s line of products and services in New England, an Authorized reseller of Fujitsu scanners, and a provider of filming and shredding services in our local Connecticut area.In addition to providing equipment from ST Imaging and Fujitsu, we also install and train users and provide warranty services for all of the products which we sell. If you can’t easily find what you are looking for, please let us know and we’ll be happy to try to assist you.
Contact: Beth Paiva
Usborne Books & More is a division of Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America's 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 20 years. Today, Usborne Books & More distributes books through thousands of independent consultants who sell directly to the consumer via home shows, direct sales, book fairs, and web sites. Also, when registered as an Educational Consultant, can sell to schools and libraries.
Contact: John McCarthy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS is funded primarily by immigration and naturalization benefit fees charged to applicants and petitioners. Fees collected from individuals or organizations filing immigration benefit requests are deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA). Congress created the IEFA in 1988, establishing the authority to recover the full cost of immigration benefit processing. This account represents approximately 95 percent of USCIS’ fiscal year (FY) 2016 total budget authority. The remaining budget authority comes from two other mandatory fee accounts and appropriated funding for the E-Verify program. USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.
Contact: Andrea Thorne
For nearly a century, we’ve been in the business of helping families, schools, and libraries across the world discover content that is not only accurate and trustworthy, but readable too. And the fact is, we're doing it better than ever. You may know about World Book thanks to our renowned encyclopedia. But if that’s all you know about World Book, we invite you to read on and explore.
We continue to create new and innovative content discovery platforms that bring learning to life, including eBooks, iPad Apps, immersive websites, and a robust and ever-expanding collection of print series that align with the latest educational trends. We build bridges connecting our users to greater learning through proven content creation methods, cutting-edge delivery systems, and an inextinguishable passion for knowledge. With a finger on the pulse of the latest technological advances, we will continue integrating, connecting, and delivering top-quality content whenever, wherever, and however you want it.
Because whether you’re peering into the pages of a beloved book or uncovering new ideas with the tap of your finger, we leave the door to information open, ready for discovery.