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.

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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.