Public Library Standards: Definitions

For the purpose of these rules the following definitions shall apply:

  1. 'Assistive technology' is equipment or software that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  2. 'City/town' refers to any one of the 39 designated municipalities in Rhode Island.
  3. 'Combined libraries' are two or more libraries designated by a city/town (cities/towns) to collectively provide public library services. (See also Library).
  4. 'Digital literacy' is the ability to use electronic information and communication technologies to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate.
  5. An 'FTE' is a full time equivalent equal to 35 hours per week and may be composed of more than one person's time.
  6. 'Industry compatible' software is interoperable with similar software generally in use or available commercially. For example, documents created in Microsoft Excel can be opened in Apple Numbers, Open Office Calc, or Google Sheets.
  7. 'Library' is a "public library" as defined in Rhode Island General Law 29-3.1-1.1; to wit; "a library in a city or town that has been designated by the city or town council or town financial meeting as a library to provide library services to all individuals residing in the city or town," personified in the Board of Trustees who may act through the library director.
  8. The 'most recent census' is the population enumerated in the current Office of Library and Information Services Annual Report for Public Libraries.
  9. 'Office productivity software' includes, but is not limited to, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. Examples of office productivity software include commercial products like Microsoft Word and Apple Pages, freeware such as Open Office Writer, or cloud-based tools such as Google Docs.
  10. A 'professional librarian' holds a master's degree in library and information science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association.