[September 2, 2016] - The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services is pleased to announce that the agreement for funding the Statewide Reference Resource Center has been awarded to the Providence Public Library for Fiscal Years 2017-2018. The Providence Public Library was selected from responses to an RFI issued by the Office of Library and Information Services in June 2016. The agreements include technical support for online databases and the AskRI portal, and online virtual reference services. The Office of Library and Information Services manages database licensing and payments.
The 2017-18 Contract continues support for subscriptions to online services that are available via AskRI.org, the online portal for the Statewide Reference Resource Center. Because of budget constraints, Tutor.com (HomeworkHelpRI) and HeritageQuest have been discontinued. The current online electronic resources include:
Funding for these databases is provided by the State of Rhode Island and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Ocean State Libraries also contributes funding for EBSCO databases.
Under the 2017-18 contract, the Statewide Reference Resource Center will continue to provide online (email and chat) reference services for all Rhode Island residents via AskRI.
The AskRI website also includes information about promotional materials, links to vendor tutorials and specific information for linking to statewide resources from library websites. Explore the Librarians & Educators Resources tab on the AskRI website for more information.
Providence Public Library serves as the Statewide Reference Resource Center with state funding provided via the Office of Library and Information Services. The goal of the program is to provide quality reference services to all LORI member libraries and to all residents of Rhode Island. State funding for the SRRC in FY2017 is $701,052 with additional funding for databases provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and Ocean State Libraries (EBSCO databases).