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. Registration through OLIS required.

AtoZ Databases: Friday March 28 at Warwick Public Library

AtoZ Databases is used by patrons to find information about businesses – including healthcare professionals – and people in order to create mailing lists and sales leads or to research job opportunities. This program will help library staff use the features of this resource of – performing effective searches for businesses and people, and learning how businesses can use the product to increase their reach and visibility.

HeritageQuest and African American Heritage Databases: Thursday April 17 at Cumberland Public Library

At this session, library staff will learn to use AskRI’s genealogical resources from ProQuest – HeritageQuest and the African American Heritage Database. Each with unique ways of conducting research, these databases are invaluable for historical research, with primary sources such as census data and draft records. Whether for their own use or to help patrons, staff will get an in-depth look at these tools.

New Films on Mango Premiere

Mango Premiere, Mango’s film-based learning project, released 9 new films for a new total of 16 available. Learners can now practice Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, and English for Spanish speakers. This is the biggest expansion of Premiere to date, and it will only continue to grow!

Corpro Celeste Poster
‘Copro Celeste’ is one of the new films from Mango Premiere, geared towards learners of Italian.

African American Heritage database now available!



Proquest’s African American Heritage database has great resources for researching African and African American genealogy. Search primary sources including birth, death, and marriage certificates, the federal census, and the Freedman’s Bank records. The AfriGeneas forums connect users to others researching African American genealogy. The AAH database also includes an updated version of Black Genesis, a guide to performing this research by James M. Rose, Ph.D. and Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG.

Mango Connect

Mango has just announced that on January 15th, they will be launching an updated interface and new features to compliment what they already offer. Mango Connect, as it is called, will offer course placement tests to start users off in the right spot, 20 full length films on Mango Premiere, as well as their visual redesign. Mango is also consolidating their Mango Basic and Mango Complete 2.0 into Mango Conversations, and phasing out Mango Complete 1.0. Their placement tests help users find where to begin their work with Mango. Head over to the Mango Blog for a more detailed look into what Mango Connect offers.

Mango Connect Screenshot

Mango Premiere now available!

Mango Premiere, the long awaited feature of movie learning through film, currently has 4 films available, for learners of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish speaking learners of English. They can be found on the ‘Courses’ page, under ‘Language Learning through Film.’ Mango Premiere gives the viewer total control to break down scenes and subtitles, combining both spoken and written learning. It also brings in cultural notes and quizzes for an in-depth look at the language in the film.

Full launch of the updated LearningExpress on Nov. 1

October 31st will be the last day to switch over from the previous of LearningExpress to the updated LearningExpress Library 3(also known as LEL 3).  Some of the features that the updated interface includes are the introduction of Learning Centers which reorganize subjects for easier navigation, an improved search function, software tutorials, and a full index of available courses and resources.  Accounts made on the previous version of LearningExpress will not transfer over to LEL 3, so we encourage patrons to finish up their coursework and then create a new account.  For libraries that offer a direct link to LearningExpress, we highly recommend that the link is updated to the following: The current link will not be functional following the full switch to LEL 3 on November 1st.