New homepage features

The homepage now has three new quick links. What we refer to as the “tic-tac-toe” board on the homepage has a new row of services.

One is a direct link to all the resources that have apps for mobile devices. Many of the resources require you to create an account, so you can sync between devices and your desktop. With the holidays approaching and all the travel that comes with, you can take AskRI with you!

We also provided a link to a new resource, The RI Resource Hub. This hub is a part of the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project. It was developed by a broad cross-agency team, including Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE); Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative at the Libraries (RIFLI); Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI); Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority (RIHEAA); Department of Labor and Training (DLT); Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS); Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB); the RI Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (RIOPC); and United Way RI (UWRI).

It enables Rhode Island adults to access both place-based and online career and education resources such as:

  • WayToGoRI from RIHEAA
  • AskRI from OLIS
  • EmployRI from DLT
  • NetworkRI One-Stops
  • Job Training classes from DHS
  • Adult Education classes from RIDE
  • Digital Literacy Training from BBRI

We are really proud to be a part of this team, and to be able to provide access to this singular and incredibly powerful tool. Be sure to check it out!

Finally, based on your survey input, we decided to highlight more databases offered through AskRI on a rotating basis. Our first is NoveList.

Introducing the New staff

Providence Public Library is the new home of! is excited to announce that they are fully staffed and ready to bring you top-notch reference services for all of Rhode Island.

Meet the new We’re nice.

Beatrice R. Pulliam
beatriceTechnology Director, Providence Public Library and AskRI Operations Director
Before joining Providence Public Library, Beatrice was Head of Technology and Access at the Providence College Library for seven years where she led many successful emerging technology and marketing initiatives. She also holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Beatrice recently earned a Social Media Strategy Certificate at Providence College.

Stacie M. Parillo
stacieDigital Producer, Providence Public Library and AskRI Operations Coordinator
Previous to the PPL, Stacie was Head of Collections and Digital Initiatives Manager at the Newport Historical Society in Newport, RI. In her three years there she worked to create accessibility for a mostly hidden collection. She also holds an MA in Communication Studies from Suffolk University, and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College.

We’re a blank slate. Influence us.

What would you like to see from the Statewide Reference Resource Center?
In the coming months, we hope to do an audit of’s services and web presence. To do that effectively, your feedback is imperative. Whether or not you’ve interacted with AskRI yet, we’re interested in getting your feedback. Be heard. Take our survey.

AskRI Survey

We want to hear your feedback about – the Office for Library and Information Services has set up a quick survey about us and our services. Take a minute and let us know what you think about us and the services we’ve been providing! Take the survey here.

Full launch of LearningExpress 3.0

Although AskRI has featured the new version for several months, LearningExpress is finally and officially discontinuing use of the LearningExpress 2.0 interface on June 30th. User profiles and work saved in 2.0 will not transfer over to 3.0, so we recommend that patrons currently using 2.0 finish the course they are working on before switching to 3.0. For libraries linking to LearningExpress, the URL for 3.0 has changed to:

Make sure that your link is to the new version come June 30th!

EBSCO Training Session

On Monday, May 12th, from 9:30 – 11:30, Joe Ceterski, training specialist for EBSCO databases, is coming to the Ocean State Library offices in Warwick to explore some of the most popular databases that they offer – Academic Search, Master File and Consumer Health Complete. Learn how to best use these powerful resources both for yourself and with patrons. Registration through OLIS is required, and attendees are welcome to bring a laptop or device to follow along!

Reference USA Webcasts

Now that AskRI features ReferenceUSA through EBSCO, we can help you with using this powerful business research tool! RefUSA put up a schedule of online courses and webcasts for the spring. Each day of the week offers a different topic, so you’ll have plenty of chances to catch all the information that you want.

Intro to AskRI this Wednesday

This Wednesday at Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett – learn about the  invaluable tools and databases that AskRI brings to Rhode Island residents. Shane Sher, the AskRI coordinator, shares ideas on how libraries across the state make use of this resource, and bring its services to their patrons. From tutoring services to finding published articles and books digitally to learning another language, AskRI supports many different services. This class will cover the eight databases hosted through AskRI so that you can be prepared to access these services for both yourself and the public.

Registration is required through OLIS’s website.

Courses on Using Our Databases

This spring, AskRI and OLIS are holding lectures on using the database resources found on AskRI. Taught by educators from those databases, they are an excellent way to become more familiarized with the tools available for the use of library staff, and their patrons. These trainings are open to any library staff in Rhode Island. Registration through OLIS required.

AtoZ Databases: Friday March 28 at Warwick Public Library

AtoZ Databases is used by patrons to find information about businesses – including healthcare professionals – and people in order to create mailing lists and sales leads or to research job opportunities. This program will help library staff use the features of this resource of – performing effective searches for businesses and people, and learning how businesses can use the product to increase their reach and visibility.

HeritageQuest and African American Heritage Databases: Thursday April 17 at Cumberland Public Library

At this session, library staff will learn to use AskRI’s genealogical resources from ProQuest – HeritageQuest and the African American Heritage Database. Each with unique ways of conducting research, these databases are invaluable for historical research, with primary sources such as census data and draft records. Whether for their own use or to help patrons, staff will get an in-depth look at these tools.