The Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC) provides
quality reference services, online databases and electronic resources
to everyone in Rhode Island.
The SRRC takes questions via email, online chat and over the telephone and provides the online learning experience of AskRI ranging from homework help through language learning as well as scholarly, literary and consumer research. AskRI is accessible from home, office, Internet café or wherever an online connection can be made.
Section 29-6-9 of the Rhode Island General Laws establishes the SRRC as a grant program managed by the Office of Library and Information Services and awarded biennially on a competitive basis to a RI public library. OLIS offers two SRRC grant opportunities, one for operations and one for reference services. OLIS manages online resource licensing and negotiation of electronic resource contracts in-house based upon recommendations of the AskRI advisory group.
OLIS is pleased to announce that for state fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), the grants for Operations and Reference Services will be renewed with the Providence Community Library, in accordance with OLIS' option to renew the 2013 contract per the RFP issued in January 2012.
The Providence Community Library will provide technical support for statewide online electronic resources, the portal to access those resources, marketing and publicity for the portal and its resources, and education for library staff and the general public on the use of portal resources. Services include the following:
View the complete 2014 SRRC Operations Contract [pdf].
The Providence Community Library will provide reference services to all Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island libraries. Services will be available via the AskRI website a minimum of 60 hours a week, with services available at least six days a week:
In addition, the Providence Community Library will:
View the complete 2014 SRRC Reference Services Contract [pdf].
|Grants & Funding||Amount||Total|
|1. SRRC Operations Grant (PCL)||$212,635|
|Salaries and Benefits||$133,982|
|Other Costs (PR)||$10,000|
|Contracted Services (marketing, advertising, online tools)||$61,153|
|2. SRRC Reference Services Grant (PCL)||$100,000|
|Salaries and Benefits||$100,000|
|Database Contracts (OLIS, State & Federal Funds)||$804,693|
August 22, 2013