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Mango Languages has updated their design. Can you update your Mango start link?

Mango is making some technical changes that require your assistance for a smooth transition. Please take a moment to help us by updating your Mango start link anywhere it is found within your website.

Three simple steps:

1. Locate your current start link. It should look like this:
https://libraries.mangolanguages.com/askri/start

2. Replace “libraries” with the “connect”. It should now look something like this:
http://connect.mangolanguages.com/askri/start

3. Post the link on your home page, so it’s easy for your patrons to find! You can find web banners and logos at www.promotemango.com.

Still have questions? Shoot us an email; we’re be happy to help!

Introducing Biography Reference Center!

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We would like to take a moment to provide you with some points of interest about Biography Reference Center™, a valuable online research tool now available to our member libraries from EBSCO. Biography Reference Center offers many top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines including more than 436,000 full-text biographies and thousands of unique narrative biographies.

Available in its own dedicated interface, Biography Reference Center provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily researched biographies and genres. In addition to keyword searching, you can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, and scientists.

Biography Reference Center replaces the recently discontinued Biography Collection Complete and is available to AskRI.org consortium members and their patrons.

For access to Biography Reference Center, click on the EBSCOHost button on our homepage.

To link to Biography Reference Center on your school or library site, please use this link (accompanying graphics can be found on the EBSCO Explained page at AskRI.org):
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,geo,cpid&geocustid=ns145344&custid=ns145344&profile=brc

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions that you may have regarding Biography Reference Center.

Be prepared for January!

In January, Explora will replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The three new interfaces Schools – Explora for Primary Schools, Explora for Secondary Schools and Explora for Public Schools – use the same great EBSCO databases you’ve come to enjoy, just displayed in a new and improved interface.

Want to get more acquainted before the switch over happens? Attending one of these webinars!

Monday, Nov 9 at 10am
Meeting number: 804 543 429
Join webinar

Tuesday, Nov 10 at 3pm
Meeting number: 803 182 967
Join webinar

Thursday, Nov 12 at 1pm
Meeting number: 806 211 484
Join webinar

Call in with these numbers if you prefer to use a telephone for your audio connection:
1-877-668-4490 (tel:1-877-668-4490) Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-408-792-6300 (tel:1-408-792-6300) Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Using LearningExpress Library and ProQuest Webinars

HeritageQuest and African American Heritage

Oct. 7, 10:00am
Oct. 20, 4:00pm
Oct. 26, 12:00 noon
Sign up!
Join us for a webinar introducing you to ProQuest’s African American Heritage and HeritageQuest Online database. Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? This webinar will walk you through all of the exciting changes. including the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features.

LearningExpress Library

Oct. 7, 3:00pm (LEL Overview)
Oct. 14, 3:00pm (Custom AskRI session)
Oct. 21, 12:00pm noon (LEL Overview)
Learn more about this one-stop shop for practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and other information to enhance school, work/life proficiencies. Please note that two of the webinars are a general overview of LearningExpress Library, while the webinar on 10/14 will be customized for AskRI.org users.

Fall Webinar Schedule and Text-a-Librarian!

Fall Webinar Line Up

It’s Back to School time and AskRI.org is ready to start the year off right! All Autumn long we’ll be offering webinars that will help you in assisting your students and patrons with AskRI.org resources.

September

Please join us for an informative webinar about Homework Help RI powered by Tutor.com. Learn what the service provides, how to answer your patrons’ questions about it and how to build awareness of it in your community. This is a must-see webinar for all library staff and teachers because everyone knows someone that will benefit from Homework Help RI and you’ll definitely want to spread the news!
9/22, 11AM
9/23, 3PM
9/24, 4PM
Register for a Tutor.com Webinar

October

Join us for a webinar introducing you to ProQuest’s African American Heritage and HeritageQuest Online database. Did you know that HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com? This webinar will walk you through all of the exciting changes. including the new search pages for the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections, new content, new Interactive Image Viewer and save/print/email tools, and the new Research Aids and Maps features. Add the session that works best for you to your calendar – registration links will be coming.
Oct. 7, 10:00 am
Oct. 20, 4:00 pm
Oct. 26, 12:00 noon

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Learn more about Learning Express Library, a one-stop shop for practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and other information to enhance school, work or life proficiencies. While Learning Express offers practice tests for myriad educational exams for students from elementary school through graduate school, such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GMAT, LCAT, MCAT, PCAT, GRE, GED and other standardized tests, it also offers services for adults looking to increase their job, career and educational skills.
Dates and Times TBD

November

By January, Explora will replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The three new interfaces Schools – Explora for Primary Schools, Explora for Secondary Schools and Explora for Public Schools – use the same great EBSCO databases you’ve come to enjoy, just displayed in a new and improved interface. Learn all about Explora in this webinar.

Click a day and time to join that webinar.
11/9, 10AM
11/10, 3PM
11/12, 1PM

Text-a-Librarian!

AskRI.org now offers reference service via SMS text message.

In addition to emailing and chatting with an AskRI.org reference librarian, you can now text your question to 401-608-1ASK (1275). Add that number to the contacts in your phone and AskRI.org will literally be available at your fingertips – no web surfing or emailing required. Standard text messages rates may apply; check with your carrier.

Ask a Librarian hours:
Monday & Wednesday 8:30am – 8:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm

TechCorner

Trouble Accessing an AskRI online resource? Has Your IP Address Changed?

AskRI works with vendors to ensure seamless access to our suite of online resources using geo-authentication. If your school or library IP address has changed this year, we need to know! Email us with any IP Address Changes or use our Technical Support Form.

Accessing Remotely? Out-of-State? No Problem!

Need a refresher on accessing AskRI resources when you’re away from the library or school? Check out our Remote Access Cheat Sheet!

Need to add the new Explora Links to your Website or LibGuides?

For consistent access, use our Links Page to update your pages with the most current links!

Get an AskRI.org care package!

Need some Mango bookmarks to have in your library or classroom? Some AskRI.org pens or Tutor.com pencils?

We have a supply of marketing material for individual resources and for AskRI.org in general. We’re happy to send out a smorgasbord of AskRI.org promotional material directly to you! Make your request using our Promotional Material Order Form and we’ll do our best to meet your needs. Please note that mugs are of a very limited supply (we usually save those for in-person meetings), but bookmarks, pens, pencils and post-its are a-plenty!

Wish more parents, faculty, or staff knew about AskRI.org?

On the list of ways AskRI.org gets out the word out about our services, the most effective is heading out to libraries to talk about the databases and show off a bit. Just let us know where and when and we speak directly to the people who need to know about AskRI.org. Whether you’d like us to focus on one or two resources or do an overview of our entire suite of services is no problem!

Fill out our Book a Promotional Talk form to arrange a in-house visit.

Say hello to Explora!

Hello, Explora!

By January, Explora will replace Searchasaurus, Kids Search and Student Research Center. The three new interfaces Schools – Explora for Primary Schools, Explora for Secondary Schools and Explora for Public Schools – use the same great EBSCO databases you’ve come to enjoy, just displayed in a new and improved interface. But why wait? You can stat using Explora on AskRI.org today!

Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework. A far better alternative to websites and search engines, Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Available on school computers and from mobile devices, Explora offers all of the following:

  • High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals, and selected for use in a school environment
  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results, including primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic Overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Numeric reading-level indicators to help students and teachers find grade-appropriate articles
  • No ads or pop-up windows
  • COPPA compliancy, meaning EBSCO does not ask for or require personal information to use its databases
  • Password-protected personal folders that allow students to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
  • Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators such as EasyBib and NoodleTools

Tutor.com will see you in September!

For the month of August, Tutor.com is taking a summer break. It will return in September – just in time for back to school! The service will be available up through July 31.

New Ask-a-Librarian Hours

There’s been a slight change in the open hours to chat with a librarian on AskRI.org. We’re still offering 60 hours a week of reference goodness! The new hours are:
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30am EST – 8:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am EST – 5:30pm

As always, patrons can email an AskRI.org librarian anytime at: askref@askri.org

Welcome Stephanie!

We are excited to announce that Stephanie Knott has joined the AskRI.org reference team! Please join us in welcoming Stephanie as another expert reference librarian answering all of your and your patron’s burning questions!

It’s All About You! (and Lynda)

Need to refresh your skills or learn some new tech stuff? Did you know that AskRI “checks out” Lynda.Com licenses to staff at RI public libraries and schools? Lynda.Com provides self-paced online instructional courses in software, design, business and more. Fill out our Lynda sign-up form to get your two-week license (renewable) today! First come, first served.

Questions?
Email Stacie at stacie@askri.org

Tutor.com webinar, LearningExpress updates, and new chat hours

Register to attend (or receive the archived video of) our most popular webinar to get a re-fresher on basic techniques for promoting and using Tutor.com in your community and learn about new, creative ways other libraries are using at Back to School Time! This webinar occurs several times throughout July and August. Please register for the date and time that works best for you. 

Click to Register


Did you miss a previous webinar? 
We've archived the recent webinars from Mango Languages and EBSCO on AskRI.org. Click here to view anytime.

Check out the latest updates from LearningExpress Library!

New Practice Tests 
Eight (8) complete MCAT® practice tests are now available in the College Center to help students prepare for the new MCAT® 2015 test.

New eBooks 
We’ve added a new series that focusses on workplace skills. It includes Mastering Workplace Skills: Math Fundamentals, Mastering Workplace Skills: Grammar Fundamentals, and Mastering Workplace Skills: Writing Fundamentals. There are also new GED® test preparation eBooks in English and Spanish, a new edition ofCalifornia Police Officer Exam, and a new “501” eBook—501 Questions to Master Everyday Grammar and Writing.

New Common Core Resources
Thirteen (13) new practice tests and a new tutorial are the latest additions to the Common Core State Standards resources. They feature technology-enhanced item types and interactivity, and are completely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

MARC Records
MARC Records are available to help your patrons easily discover LearningExpress resources! Download and update your custom MARC Records today! New files will be available in mid-July. Access them through the “Librarian Resources” link on your LearningExpress Library homepage.

More Coming Soon!
New and revised resources will be added over the next two quarters for the PCAT®, PSAT/NMSQT*, AP*, ACT®, and the new 2016 SAT* test.


New Ask-a-Librarian Chat Hours:

A slight change in reference hours started this week on AskRI.org

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30am – 8:30pm 
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30am - 5:30pm 

AtoZDatabases Webinars – June 8, 9, 10 2:30PM-3:15PM ET

We’re offering 3 new webinars from AskRI.org resources that will showcase resource features and help you promote the services to your patrons.
Miss a webinar? Want to revisit a webinar you attended? No worries! We’ll post each webinar, so you can access it anytime. Click on “Join” on June 8, 9 or 10 approx. 1 hour before start time or to add the event to your calendar.

These webinars will cover everything from basic searching to generating mailing lists and finding local job opportunities:

Monday June 8, 2:30PM-3:15PM ET – Basic Searching –

Join

Get an overview of how AtoZdatabases works and tips on how to use it to help patrons or your own organization.

Tuesday, June 9, 2:30PM-3:15PM ET – Job Searching –

Join

Thinking about offering a workshop on job searching or career development? Did you know that you can use AtoZdatabases to look for job opportunities within a 10 mile radius? Learn more at this session.

Wednesday June 10, 2:30PM-3:15PM ET – Growing Your Business –

Join

Help your patrons and local entrepreneurs learn to research businesses by industry, develop mailing lists or identify competitors.

Webinars, Spring 2015

We’re offering webinars on AskRI.org resources that will showcase resource features, help you promote the services to your patrons and feature live demos.

Miss a webinar? Want to revisit a webinar you attended? No worries! We’ll post each webinar to AskRI.org, so you can access it anytime.

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Come hear what’s on offer from EBSCO, a suite of over 20 reference and research databases available through AskRI.org! We’re hosting a webinar event just for librarians in Rhode Island. This webinar will cover:

  • An overview of the reference and research databases available from EBSCO.
  • How to market EBSCO to your patrons.
  • A live demo of AskRI’s EDS and preview of Explora, EBSCO’s new searching tool for schools and public libraries providing easy-to-browse categories and supporting both student research and classroom instruction.

EBSCO Webinar 1
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 AM
Register

EBSCO Webinar 2
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:00 PM
Register


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Mango Languages, an online language-learning resource available through AskRI.org offering training in over 60 languages, is holding an exclusive webinar event for libraries in Rhode Island. This webinar will cover:

  • An overview of the language-learning products and services available from Mango.
  • How to market Mango to your patrons.
  • A live demo of Mango in action.

Mango Webinar 1
Wednesday April 22, 2015 9:00 AM
Register

Mango Webinar 2
Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:00 PM
Register

New EBSCO and Proquest Links

Introducing EBSCO Discovery Service!

eds-buttonWe’re giving EBSCO’s Discovery Service (aka EDS) a spin! Give our new single search box a try for direct access to full-text content available through AskRI databases.

The direct link for EDS is too long to post here, so here it is in this raw text file. You can also find it on our EBSCO Explained page.

If you would like to create an EDS Search Box on your library’s website, you can do so using the code in this text file.

Updated AskRI’s EBSCO Home Page

EIS_Logo_CMYK_VerticalEBSCO’s Select a New Service Page has also been updated.

New link:
http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,geo,cpid&geocustid=ns145344&custid=ns145344

African American Heritage and HeritageQuest are now in one!

proquest_doubleWe’ve updated links for Proquest’s African American Heritage and Heritage Quest. One button now takes you to a Welcome page for both databases!

New link:
http://auth.proquestk12.com/RI/