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.


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

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

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

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

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:

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:

New homepage features

The AskRI.org 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 AskRI.org 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 AskRI.org staff

Providence Public Library is the new home of AskRI.org!

AskRI.org 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 AskRI.org. 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. bpulliam@provlib.org

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. sparillo@provlib.org

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 AskRI.org’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 AskRI.org – 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.