District of Columbia Public Library Selects Tutor.com for
Online Reference and Homework Help Programs
Online tutoring to be offered in English and Spanish
NEW YORK– October 4, 2005 –Tutor.com, the leading provider of one-to-one learning and information services, announced today that the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) has selected the company's software and staffing services to provide convenient, expert reference help when and where people of all ages need it. DCPL will offer Internet-based reference services to the citizens of the District using Ask A Librarian™ and Live Homework Help®, Tutor.com's flagship service with over 800 library programs across the country connecting thousands of children each week to a tutor who can help them.
The DCPL program will allow library users to access the online reference and homework help services from home, school or office as well as from within the library. DCPL will offer Spanish language tutoring help to extend their reach to their diverse community. Live Homework Help will enable students in grades 4-12 to connect to a live tutor for homework help. Access will be through the library or PC-equipped home computers with after school hours of 2 p.m. – midnight seven days a week. Live Homework Help en Espanol™ will be available 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
"These online services allow the DC Public Library to expand and enhance its current reference services to meet the needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia," said Francis J. Buckley, Jr., DCPL director. "We want to establish links to students who may need the individual attention of tutors for homework assistance."
DCPL serves a community of more than 572,000 people with 26 branches and a central facility. According to the director, the Library serves a very diverse, urban community with a large Spanish-speaking population. Many families do not have the resources to spend on services like tutoring. The Library was attracted to Live Homework Help because of its ability to provide individual attention to kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access this kind of service, Buckley said.
DCPL sees the addition of Live Homework Help to their services as an extension of their partnership with local schools. Young Adult librarians from DCPL plan an active program of school visits to promote the service to students.
About Tutor.com Online Reference and Live Homework Help
Tutor.com offers Ask A Librarian, Librarians by Request™ and comprehensive bilingual services that enable libraries to extend the high quality, personalized services traditionally offered only at the physical reference desk to the growing number of customers using the Web. Ask A Librarian provides a full suite of tools to help customers using the library’s proprietary resources, Web resources and other electronic and print materials. Live Homework Help tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors and graduate school students from across the country.
Tutor.com is the leading provider of one-to-one learning and information solutions for libraries, education institutions and individuals. Using innovative technology, Tutor.com's suite of services allows users to get help online from professional subject experts anywhere, at any time. These highly personalized services are supported with superior training, communications, tracking and reporting features, and 24/7-customer service. To learn more about Tutor.com's services and for a complete client list please go to www.tutor.com.