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.

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:

http://www.learningexpresshub.com/learningexpresslibrary?AuthToken=26403615-084C-4C62-8226-09A5BD9435EA

Make sure that your link is to the new version come June 30th!

Intro to AskRI this Wednesday

This Wednesday at Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett – learn about the  invaluable tools and databases that AskRI brings to Rhode Island residents. Shane Sher, the AskRI coordinator, shares ideas on how libraries across the state make use of this resource, and bring its services to their patrons. From tutoring services to finding published articles and books digitally to learning another language, AskRI supports many different services. This class will cover the eight databases hosted through AskRI so that you can be prepared to access these services for both yourself and the public.

Registration is required through OLIS’s website.

Online Privacy Class

On Tuesday, March 11, join AskRI Coordinator and Educator Shane Sher at Rogers Free Library in Bristol to learn about protecting your information and yourself online. Whether you’re worried about identity thieves, the websites themselves, or something larger and more sinister, there are ways to better control what you present and what is seen. Which information is routinely gathered? Where does it go and how is it collected? This class will cover these questions and more, and will teach you what to do with this knowledge. Learn how to best use privacy settings, how to stay aware of issues of privacy and security, and where to find a balance between privacy and convenience.

9:30 – 11:30 at Rogers Free Library in Bristol. Registration required.

AtoZDatabases in Spanish

AtoZDatabases, the business reference and job search database, is now available in Spanish. Now Spanish speaking business owners can build mailing lists, research similar businesses in their area, and improve their visibility. Visit our AtoZDatabases Explained or Video Tutorials pages to learn more about what they have to offer, and how to use this powerful resource.