Get To Know Udemy Webinar – April 22, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

When: Apr 22, 2020 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Get to Know Gale Presents Udemy!

Description: AskRI recently added Gale Presents: Udemy to their collection of resources! Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for users who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills to stay competitive in a changing workforce. During this webinar, we’ll share how users can find courses and sign-up to learn as well as ways to promote this resource with your patrons! This session will be recorded for those who can’t attend.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AskRI Spring Update

You can always count on access to AskRI resources to remain easy and robust. We are working with our vendors to ensure easy access for all Rhode Islanders during this unprecedented time.

Tumble Book Library

TumbleBook Library is available via AskRI through August 31, 2020. It is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. These links can be posted from any library website, and do not require library cards or other forms of authentication. Download TumbleBook Library graphics to use on your library’s site.

We are working with all of our vendors to ensure your patrons and students can continue to access AskRI resources without needing a library card. A few adjustments:

Mango – Any new Mango users can use the guest access option from home.

AtoZ – If your users encounter this screen, they should enter “RI2020” to proceed the database.

EBSCOHost databases – If the EBSCOHost system encounters an IP address not located in Rhode Island, it may ask for a zip code.  Enter any 5 digit RI zip code to proceed.

EBSCO Learning Express Library – Functioning normally.

World Book – Functioning normally.

REMINDER: This is a good time to check your AskRI links. Direct links are available from the home page and our Links page. We have also updated our text file of AskRI links.


A Belated Welcome to Jeremy Ferris!

Jeremy Ferris joined the AskRI team in late November. Jeremy recently earned his library degree from Simmons University, and completed his undergraduate work in Brain & Cognitive Science and Studio Arts at the University of Rochester. Jeremy will manage the website, and help with troubleshooting, marketing and outreach. Jeremy is very familiar with services, and previously worked as an AskRI Project Assistant. Jeremy is also Digital Content Manager at the Providence Public Library.


Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of new resources!

World Book Workshop and News

AskRI and World Book Workshops in April

On April 12th and World Book will be holding a workshop at the Cranston Public Library. This workshop is designed for parents, teachers, and librarians who work with young learners and want a deeper understanding of World Books online tools. The workshop will cover World Book’s online products, research tips and tricks and, an overview of the redesigned interface for World Book Student. The workshop will start at 2:30 pm and will run approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you plan on attending please register using the form below.

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World Book Google Classroom Integration

Do you and your students use Google Classroom and World Book’s online databases? If so integrating World Book content into Google Classroom just got a lot easier.

World Book has upgraded their suite of products to allow for easy sharing of any article to your google classroom account. Simply locate the Share option found under Tools and Settings menu. In the “Share” menu select Google Classroom. You will be redirected to a login for your Google Classroom account.

Screenshot of World Book Toolbar
You can find the link to share an article to Google Classroom under the “Share” option.

To read more about enchancements to World Book’s online products click here.

RI Teacherfest 2017

On August 8th AskRI had the pleasure of presenting at RI Teacherfest 2017. Our presentation, Ebsco Deep Dive, provided an under the hood guide to some easy-to-miss, but incredibly helpful, features found in Ebsco databases. Weren’t able to make our presentation or Teacherfest? No problem. Download a pdf of our talk here, or view the presentation via the embed below.

Thanks again to Teacherfest for having us and allowing us promote all of the free resources AskRI makes available.

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

We’re offering 3 new webinars from 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 –


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 –


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 –


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

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.

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!