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 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 –

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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 –

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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 –

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

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!

Tutor.com, EBSCO, and AskRI Class Updates

Upgraded Tutor.com Classroom
Tutor.com is to begin rolling out a new, upgraded classroom through September. The streamlined interface will be powered by HTML5, meaning no plugins, and higher compatibility with any computer or mobile device. Please let us know of any feedback on this or any upgrade or feature of Tutor.com by emailing jeremy@askri.org.

EBSCO’s Consumer Health Complete

AskRI’s EBSCO hub has been expanded to included the Consumer Health Complete database. EBSCO’s Consumer Health Complete is “designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. CHC provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.” This is a great resource to have with the advent of the Affordable Care Act this fall.

Upcoming AskRI Classes

The AskRI class schedule for the fall is now up on OLIS’s website. We’re offering sessions on how librarians can make use of AskRI’s tools and services, as well as special computer education classes. Privacy, new trends in technology, and organization are the subjects we’ll be discussing across the state in the upcoming months. Database specific lectures will be held this fall as well, and will be announced as they are scheduled.

Post-RILA Rundown post

Earlier this week the AskRI crew attended the annual Rhode Island Library Association’s conference at Salve Regina University in Newport. For two action packed days, our librarians showed off the new features of AskRI and our databases; palled around with reps from Mango Languages, World Book Web, EBSCO, Tutor.com, LearningExpress, and HeritageQuest; and learned about other exciting things going on around Rhode Island libraries. Here are some of the ways RILA 2013 left an impression on us:

On the best giveaways imaginable:

I got a hand woven Beatrix Potter bookmark from the Beatrix Potter Society! Also I got a fancy pen and lots of candy and a cool Mango water bottle and lots of snacks for later that I squirreled away from the snack areas.”

On the misleading supply of ice cream:

“How dare you try pass yourself off as mint ice cream! Pistachio ice cream is a liar, sir.”

On conference wardrobe troubleshooting:

I will not wear high heels next year.”

Along with the updates to our databases, of which there are plenty (see THIS blog post), there were new developments that are also very exciting:

I’m really excited about getting more work done on the Geek the Library campaign and also for the Tattooed Librarians of Rhode Island calendar. I’m also really excited to get more involved in the Intellectual Freedom Committee after attending a really cool presentation on Open Access and the tragedy/legacy of Aaron Swartz.”

Geek the Library at RILA 2013
Geeking out at RILA 2013

Impressive and cool stuff happening all around.