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 […]

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 Technology Director, Providence Public Library and AskRI Operations Director Before joining Providence Public Library, […]

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:

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

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. Look at the schedule and register for courses here.

Free Promo Materials from Mango Languages

Mango Languages just released a new series of posters as both banners for your library’s website, or to put up around the library itself. As usual, they’re colorful, clever, and make learning another language exciting. Download the posters (.pdf format) and the banners (.png format) here!

New Features from NoveList

EBSCO’s Novelist is undergoing a few major updates through the month of April! These include an updated interface  better menus and autocomplete searches, and audiobook recommendations. Learn more on NoveList’s website! Take a look at the new design:

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.