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Studio Rhode: About

RI Office of Library & Information Services

The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is the state library agency for Rhode Island. OLIS strengthens, connects, and empowers libraries to advance knowledge, connect communities, and enrich the lives of all Rhode Islanders. We provide services and programs for all types of libraries including public, academic, school, and special libraries. These services support and strengthen library and information services in the state to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have free and convenient access to library and information resources and services.

RI Office of Innovation

RI Office of Innovation

The Rhode Island Office of Innovation (RIOI) is a governor’s initiative charged with inspiring and accelerating innovations in Rhode Island’s largest systems, from state government to education to infrastructure. We use non-traditional strategies to advance this work forward, engage local implementation partners at every stage of the process, and assess and iterate on projects every six months.


Thank you to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for providing the funding neededto run the Studio Rhode Next Generation Library Challenge and to Apple Inc. for providing hardware and technology support for one model Studio Rhode library. Thanks also to Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island, for her support to this initiative; Nicolette Baffoni (OLIS) and Bao Vang (RIOI) for project management; Octavia Abell (RIOI), Richard Culatta (RIOI, formerly Chief Innovation Officer), Daniela Fairchild (RIOI), Karen Mellor (OLIS, Chief of Library Services) and Toban Shadlyn (RIOI) for thought partnership; and Elizabeth Leeper for layout and design support.