RIO Wiki

Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Advisory Group’s Wiki:

What is this RIO?

RIO stands for “Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Advisory Group.”  Currently, they are one of seven supporting groups that keep PALNI running full-steam.

What do they do for PALNI?

Simply, RIO is the representative of our users. This group advises the PALNI EC and Board on end-user needs and usability assessment of all PALNI cooperative products including the OPAC and the discovery system.  They gather input from faculty and students as well as providing their own recommendations.  This group also shares information and tools to support instruction on new tools implemented by PALNI.

Who do they report to? Is there a heirarchy?

We value each PALNI member and group tremendously and all work together to keep PALNI running smoothly. We find it is most effective to have a reporting system  so nothing gets “lost in the shuffle”  or overlooked. The group of RIO reports to the Executive Committee (EC) through the Executive Director (ED).

Can you be more specific about their responsibilities?

Of course! Here’s a list of the current responsibilities:

  1. Make ongoing recommendations to the EC on development needs for the common OPAC, so that the EC can provide direction and priorities to PALNI service providers in conjunction with other strategic and advisory group input.
  2. Make recommendations on products, enhancements, and areas of collaboration for PALNI libraries from a public services/end-user perspective.
  3. Share instruction materials and tutorials for PALNI tools and services.
  4. With support from the executive director, conduct user-needs assessment and usability testing of PALNI products and services.
  5. At the direction of the EC, work with other advisory groups on specific projects and objectives.

RIO sounds right up my alley. May I join?

RIO membership is open to library personnel in PALNI supported libraries with reference, instruction, or outreach responsibilities. But do note: Regardless of the number of members, each institution will have one vote.  The institution will have the responsibility for determining the voting member.

*** Each advisory group has the liberty and responsibility of developing a more detailed operational document in order to achieve optimum effectiveness in meeting the goals delineated here. For more information about the advisory groups for PALNI please contact the appropriate person.