EBSCO, Mango Languages, and World Book Updates

EBSCO’s Points of View blog is doing a great job of relating current events with articles & information, encouraging new dialogues and providing tools to begin conversations and debates.

 

Mango Languages is holding their Mango Star awards, encouraging libraries to produce videos about what may make Mango special. The top entries will receive a donation to the library. Mango is hugely into creative or quirky interpretations, so don’t hold back!

 

Mango also has a couple video promos for their services, potentially to play on library computers when not in use.  They are also available as a video file instead of Youtube. Leave a comment or email us if your organization would be interested in this service and AskRI will set you up.

 

World Book Web has embeddable search widgets for each of their databases. The fact that they all provide a different focus is perfect for more specialized websites, or pages within websites.

Post-RILA Rundown post

Earlier this week the AskRI crew attended the annual Rhode Island Library Association’s conference at Salve Regina University in Newport. For two action packed days, our librarians showed off the new features of AskRI and our databases; palled around with reps from Mango Languages, World Book Web, EBSCO, Tutor.com, LearningExpress, and HeritageQuest; and learned about other exciting things going on around Rhode Island libraries. Here are some of the ways RILA 2013 left an impression on us:

On the best giveaways imaginable:

I got a hand woven Beatrix Potter bookmark from the Beatrix Potter Society! Also I got a fancy pen and lots of candy and a cool Mango water bottle and lots of snacks for later that I squirreled away from the snack areas.”

On the misleading supply of ice cream:

“How dare you try pass yourself off as mint ice cream! Pistachio ice cream is a liar, sir.”

On conference wardrobe troubleshooting:

I will not wear high heels next year.”

Along with the updates to our databases, of which there are plenty (see THIS blog post), there were new developments that are also very exciting:

I’m really excited about getting more work done on the Geek the Library campaign and also for the Tattooed Librarians of Rhode Island calendar. I’m also really excited to get more involved in the Intellectual Freedom Committee after attending a really cool presentation on Open Access and the tragedy/legacy of Aaron Swartz.”

Geek the Library at RILA 2013
Geeking out at RILA 2013

Impressive and cool stuff happening all around.

The AskRI Database Frontier

A handful of our databases added some excellent new features recently, or on the verge of some serious updates.
We have 2 new World Book Web databases: World Book Academic and the Early World of Learning. Academic provides much more in depth and technical information on more specific or specialized subjects. It’s a great place to start building your research, with extensive primary source documents, timelines, and local newspapers from around the world. The Early World of Learning is a new resource in the World Book Classroom series, with educational games, videos, printables, and more for the pre-K crowd.

 Early World of Learning Screenshot

The debut of Mango Premiere is coming in time for the ALA National Conference in Chicago at the end of the month. This is an excellently extensive project with full length films in a number of languages, and interactive subtitles. This is a big deal!

 

Keep an eye out for “LearningExpress 3.0” – a totally redesigned interface, and some streamlining from Tutor.com as well. More details will doubtlessly follow!