The HELIN Library Consortium is composed of
eleven academic libraries and fifteen health sciences libraries. The
academic libraries are represented by Brown
University, Bryant University,
the Community College of Rhode
Island, the Dominican House of Studies,
Johnson & Wales University, Providence
College, Rhode Island
Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University,
Rhode Island, and Wheaton College.
The health sciences libraries,
members of the Association of Rhode Island Health Sciences Libraries (ARIHSL),
are represented by Butler Hospital, Eleanor Slater
Hospital, Landmark Medical
Hospital of Rhode Island, the Naval Ambulatory
Health Center, Newport
Island Department of Health, Rhode
Island Hospital, Roger Williams Medical
Center, South County Hospital,
St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode
Island, Women's &
Infants Hospital, and the VA Medical
HELIN serves a population of over
70,000 students, faculty, and staff at campus locations throughout Rhode
Island, Colorado, Florida, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Virginia.
With the inclusion of Brown into HELIN in May 2002, library patrons have
access to over 4.8 million items, including books, periodicals, electronic
resources, videos, and audio materials, in a shared library catalog, InRhode.
Borrowing library resources
is reciprocal among member libraries and is facilitated through online
catalog requests. The requested material is delivered using a delivery
system maintained through the Rhode Island Office of Library and
The HELIN Executive Director,
Robert H. Aspri, oversees all HELIN
operations, including formulating the budget,
and negotiating and overseeing contracts with software, hardware, and
electronic resources vendors. HELIN also employs a Systems Librarian,
Ruth E. Souto, and a Knowledge Management Librarian,
Martha Rice Sanders, who
assist the Executive Director in the daily activities of the Consortium.
A Board of Directors, consisting of
the library directors from each of the ten full member libraries and the HELIN
Executive Director, governs the HELIN Library Consortium. The Board of Directors also includes
four elected representatives, who, along with the Executive Director, and the Past President of the Board comprise the HELIN Executive Board. The President of the HELIN Executive
Board is Tjalda Nauta, Director of the James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College; Vice President is Peter Deekle, Dean of University Library Services at Roger Williams University; Treasurer is Mary Moroney, Director of Library Services at Bryant University; and Secretary is Helena Rodriques, Dean of University Libraries at Johnson & Wales University.
The HELIN Consortium was
incorporated in 2005 and is bound by
an "Agreement for Integrated Library and Information Services"
signed by all parties. HELIN has a set of Bylaws that are based upon the
"Agreement for Integrated Library and Information Services," and
the bylaws are an extension of that document. HELIN also has
standing committees, composed of library staff from each of the member
and Serials Committee.
The HELIN Consortium was formed in
1984, when the libraries of the three state institutions of higher
education, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the
Community College of Rhode Island, began a cooperative agreement to share
an automated circulation system. In time, the automated circulation system
was replaced by a multi-functional automated library system purchased from
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. In 1990, Roger Williams University joined
HELIN, followed by Providence College in 1992, Johnson & Wales
University in 1997, Salve Regina University in 1999, Bryant College in
2001, Brown University in 2002, both the Dominican House of Studies and
the fifteen health sciences libraries in 2003, and Wheaton College in 2005.