RILINK Newsletter

May 2019

Submit Title Suggestions for Project Read: Feed Your Mind and Your Heart

We are requesting members share their suggestions for titles to be part of Project Read. Visit the website at or access the Suggest a Title form directly.

Volunteer your expertise to select titles!

RILINK needs librarians to help select the multiple-copy audio book titles to be added at each of the three levels – elementary, middle and high school. If you are interested in working on this aspect of our grant project, please contact Dorothy.

End of Year ILL Dates

The dates for final end of year ILL requests and the final date for LORI Delivery are available at 2018-2019 Important End Of Year Information

As we all do our best to wrap up this school year, please take the time to check your own shelves for books that still appear as "returning" to your library or "returning" to a sending library. In the fast-paced life of the school library sometimes books get misplaced. Help them get home for summer vacation.

RILINK Hiring Additional Part-Time Member Services Librarian

RILINK is hiring an additional part-time Member Services Librarian. Contracted services are compensated at $28 per hour, up to 30 hours per month, plus mileage. Position will be available starting in June. Applications are due by May 10, 2019. If you are interested, please see the attached job description. If you know someone who may be interested, please feel free to pass the description along.

RI School Library Survey 2019

The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) invites you to participate in a statewide survey of school library programs in Rhode Island. The survey is conducted on behalf of the Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI), which has formed an ad hoc committee to study the status of school libraries in Rhode Island elementary and secondary schools, identify the challenges to the inclusion of successful school library media programs, and make recommendations for actions that would strengthen school library media programs in our schools.

To accomplish these goals, we need your help. Please complete this survey, one submission for each school you serve. Your answers will help us learn about the staffing, access, collections, and services of Rhode Island school libraries. We are asking all schools to submit responses, even if your school does not currently have a library or library program. Responses will not be shared in any way that links them to a specific school or school district.

The survey is open until May 10, 2019. Thank you for your assistance in helping us obtain a complete picture of school libraries in the state, which is critical for OLIS and LBRI to develop strategies for supporting school libraries throughout Rhode Island.

Survey link:

More information on the School Libraries Committee & blank copy of survey:

from Karen Mellor | Chief of Library Services

Office of Library & Information Services

PLEASE NOTE: to get the average age for fiction and non-fiction in the library's collection to answer questions 21 and 22 in the survey go to the Reports tab in Destiny, choose Library Reports in the left-hand column, and then scroll down on the resulting page to "Collections Statistics Summary". This is a real-time report, so it may take a minute or so to generate the report for display on your screen. Once the report is on the screen, click on the internal tab that says "Age" on the top right of the column display, and a summary of the age of the collection by Dewey number and call number extension with totals for fiction (F or FIC) and non-fiction will display.

Coming Soon! More BookLynx's Additions!

Watch the RILINK listserv for a list new eBooks and digital audio books being added for May.

So Many Books... So Little Time...Inventorying Resources with Destiny Library Manager

Register for the May 9 workshop at

VOTING REMINDER: 2019 RI Latino Books Month Deadline Friday, May 31st


Voting for the 2019 Rhode Island Latino Books Month Book Award

Read at least three (3) books from the titles nominated, then vote for
your favorite. Voting will take place at participating schools and
libraries and the winning title will be announced on June 1, 2019 on
this website

We will also post the winners in the Children's Room at The Pawtucket
Public Library, 13 Summer St. Pawtucket, RI 02860.

Vote Online: We have added an option to submit your ballots and vote for
your favorite book online

We also encourage students to visit their local libraries, talk to their
children’s librarian and drop off paper ballots.

Before you vote online, we recommend that you download a hard copy of
the ballot (see attachment) to have on-hand while you read each book.
Remember, deadline to vote online is Friday, May 31, 2019. We will
announce the winner the next day. Teachers: Please submit any paper
ballots to Maria Cotto no later than May 30th.

Please do feel free to share pictures of your book clubs, students
reading the books, display or comments to post on our Facebook page. We
would love to hear from you.

Thank you everyone for your support and participation. We truly
appreciate it!!

Happy Reading!

from Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian at Pawtucket Public Library

RILINK Schools Updates

Couldn't attend the Spring Cleaning workshop but still want to get your LibGuides "house" tidy? Check out the page on the RILINK Schools LibGuides CMS Users guide. at

Site Showcase

Are you ever asked to explain why you use LibGuides instead of another web-building tool? Share some or even one of the links below to show what is possible.

Not using LibGuidesCMS? Then just check them out as resources for you or your students.