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 AskRI.org – 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.

Learning First Alliance RI 2014 Conference

This Saturday (3/8), AskRI.org will be giving away bookmarks and more and spreading word of our resources at Learning First Alliance Rhode Island’s 2nd annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Digital Learners: Empowering Educators,” and a number of educators from around the state are slated to speak. View the day’s schedule and register to take part here. Participants are welcome to BYOD (bring your own device) and join the online conversation with #LFARI2014!