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.

Courses on Using Our Databases

This spring, AskRI and OLIS are holding lectures on using the database resources found on AskRI. Taught by educators from those databases, they are an excellent way to become more familiarized with the tools available for the use of library staff, and their patrons. These trainings are open to any library staff in Rhode Island. […]

Learning First Alliance RI 2014 Conference

This Saturday (3/8), AskRI.org will be giving away bookmarks and more and spreading word of our resources at Learning First Alliance Rhode Island’s 2nd annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Digital Learners: Empowering Educators,” and a number of educators from around the state are slated to speak. View the day’s schedule and […]

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 […]