RILINK Newsletter

Summer 2018

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RILINK Grows to 205 Members!

RILINK is adding 14 new members with eleven Pawtucket public schools, Chariho Middle School, Whelan School in North Providence, and St. Patrick Academy in Providence all joining RILINK. Deering Middle School will also have its own site. Unfortunately, we are also losing three RILINK members as Francis, Holden and Wickes Elementary Schools in Warwick have closed. This will bring the total number of RILINK members to 205 schools, plus the Family Literacy Center in Lincoln.


Including public, private, and parochial schools, RILINK now has a least one school in every Rhode Island school district except Middletown and serves over 70% of Rhode Island K-12 students..

Booklynx- A Summer Reading Resource

BookLynx just passed 1,500 titles. You can find the list of the 35 BookLynx eBook and digital audio book titles added or renewed for July at http://bit.ly/blynxJuly18. Many of these titles are from your summer reading assignment or suggestion lists; more titles from these lists will be available in the next few weeks. Instructions for adding BookLynx eBooks and digital audiobooks to your library’s FollettShelf are on our web site at https://guides.rilink.org/shelf on the [Add/Delete Titles?] tab.


Remember to send your suggestions for additions to BookLynx to Donna Good at https://rilink.libsurveys.com/eBookrequest !!


Check out RILINK’s guide to summer reading and assignments by district and school at http://guides.rilink.org/summerreading. The guide tabs feature other summer reading programs, including Libraries Rock, the public library reading program sponsored by the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS). The guide also includes a librarian’s suggested summer reading list compiled by Joyce Polucha, school library media specialist at Cumberland High School. For information regarding summer learning and the dreaded summer slide, check out The Case for Summer Learning: Why Supporting Students and Families All Year Is Vitally Important by Sarah Pitcock as well as the other resources listed on the American Federation of Teachers site at https://www.aft.org/ae/spring2018/pitcock.


Our thanks to Danielle Margarida, Youth Services Coordinator at OLIS, for the links and other information that she provided for this guide.

WOW!

A very interesting article shared on the June 13 RIDE Friends memo provides a good basis/rationale for lesson planning and acquiring resources for younger readers with reading aloud a picture book, using Tumblebooks, or eBooks with a read-aloud feature!

Destiny 16.0 Coming to RICAT July 23!

RILINK will be installing the new Follett release 16.0 on Monday, July 23rd, so RICAT will be offline on this date. To keep track of new information about this release as it becomes available, visit http://bit.ly/16destiny or follow #16daysofFollettDestiny on Twitter.


Additionally, updates to Destiny Discover will occur throughout the summer, including


  • upgrades to the current User Interface for consistency with Collections (already implemented in late June)
  • ADA compliance (early August)
  • new Follett eBook reader functionality (no date set)
  • a new Discover mobile app (no date set).