Ocean State Libraries Seeking Executive Director

Ocean State Libraries Inc. is a member funded and member run consortium of all the public libraries in RI. It is governed by the ByLaws of the organization which provide for an 11 member Steering Committee to whom the Executive Director reports. All other OSL staff report to the Executive Director.

The Bylaws provide for several standing committees and also allow for the Steering Committee to create working groups, either to provide ongoing support in various areas of the organization, or to provide short term review and assessment on specific charges from the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets a minimum of 10 times per year. The full membership meets a minimum of four times per year. Officers serve terms of varying length and terms are staggered so that the composition of the Steering Committee changes somewhat every year.

A budget is recommended to the membership annually by the Steering Committee, and the Bylaws determine the methodology by which the full budget is allocated to the individual member libraries as their annual fees.

The Executive Director is responsible for administering the operation of Ocean State Libraries, Inc. and its services. He or she participates in the development of consortium goals and policies and provides leadership in implementing them, as authorized by the Steering Committee.

Introducing Automatic Renewals

Ocean State Libraries will institute automatic renewals for its cardholders beginning Monday, December 10, 2018.  All eligible items will automatically renew two (2) days before their due date.  The new due date will be extended from the original due date, adding another loan period.  There is no need to sign up for this new service.  Checkouts from eZone are excluded—these cannot be renewed automatically.

Some items may not renew if:

  • The item does not allow renewals
  • The item is on hold (another patron is waiting for it)
  • The item has reached its renewal limit (2 renewals)
  • The patron’s card has expired or borrowing privileges have been suspended due to an excess of more than $5.00 in fines, or if an  overdue notice has been sent for one or more items currently checked out.

If the item could not be renewed, patrons can receive Courtesy notices with the due date via email or text before it is due. Courtesy emails are sent to patrons with an email address on their account.

Learn how to opt-in to Text Alerts:

*Patrons are still responsible for any overdue fines for items returned late.