RILINK Newsletter

January 2021

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January 25 Professional Learning Sessions

RILINK has scheduled three sessions for the January statewide professional development day.

9:00- 10:00

Using One Search to Get the Most from Member Benefits & AskRI Databases

Ensure your students are accessing CultureGrams, Exploring Nature Science Education Resources, AskRI databases including World Book, and any databases to which your school subscribes when they search your catalog. Learn about additional free databases available through One Search. The presenter will walk you through the steps to set up One Search in Destiny Back Office during this session. Make sure your students have easy access to these resources.

Having a second device is recommended to go through the steps as they are demonstrated.

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Presenter: Dorothy Frechette, RILINK Executive Director

10:00- 11:00

The New RI School Library Curriculum Guide: Inspirations from the Field

Learn how school librarians are using the new RI School Library Curriculum Guide to create lessons, develop standards based curriculum, and advocate for their school library program. These important and relevant standards: inquiry and design thinking, media and information literacy, digital citizenship and civic responsibility, and social and emotional growth are aligned to the AASL National School Library Standards. Participants will come away with lesson ideas, access to a lesson plan template, and confidence in their ability to develop a high quality, accessible and equitable school library curriculum.

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Presenters: Mary Moen, PhD, Assistant Professor, School Library Media Coordinator, GSLIS, University of Rhode Island & Marianne Mirando, School Library Media Specialist, Westerly High School

11:00- 12:00

Get Started With Sora

Learn how easy it is to get started with Sora, the student reading app! Join Devin from OverDrive who will show you how to browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks as well as offer tips for customizing the reading and listening experience in Sora. The webinar will also review where to find help and free, customizable Sora marketing resources.

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Presenter: Devin Kelly, OverDrive Account Executive Education, East Region

RILINK Staff is available on a limited basis on the 25th to provide specific sessions on request. Visit the RILINK website at for additional information. Contact Sharon at with questions.

New and Coming Soon to Destiny Discover

Version 1.1 of the Destiny Discover App currently provides the ability to View, Play, and Download Follett eBooks and digital audiobooks and to browse eBooks or audiobooks. Checking out an eBook or an audiobook with the App starts an automatic download, with built-in interfaces for using each format.

The following features are scheduled to be added in January with the Destiny update to Release 18.3 (scheduled for January 8th) and the 1.2.0 update to the App for IOS and Android (scheduled for early January):

  • The Holds page will show sublocation and call number for Pending Holds and homeroom for Ready Holds.
  • Class sets will be available in Titlewave for rental for a period of 30, 60, or 90 days.
  • Titles in class sets will be assigned, as required by the publishers, to individual students by the library administrator, who can also delegate this function to teachers. Please note that copies cannot be re-assigned.
  • Version 1.2.0 of the App will provide the ability for students and teachers to place and delete Holds on any materials using the App and to open non-Follett eBooks. It will also support Class Sets, with any assigned titles showing up in patron status and optional alerts.

Coming later this year to the web version is the ability to delete and edit reviews, working with them individually or by status or date; you will also be able to upload custom title images to Destiny Discover. Coming this summer will be multiple custom carousels.

More BookLynx Titles to Share with Students and Teachers

Check out the 81 eBook and digital audio book titles added in December at Selections include seven professional titles, including three books that parents might find of interest:

  • Collage Workshop for Kids: Rip, Snip, Cut, and Create with Inspiration from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art by Shannon Merenstein
  • Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers by Martha Rush
  • The Creativity Project: an Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
  • Worth a Thousand Words: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy by Meryl Jaffe
  • Transforming Information Literacy Instruction: Threshold Concepts in Theory and Practice by Amy R. Hofer
  • Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs by Sherry Norfolk
  • Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning: School Librarians and Teachers Partner for Student Achievement by Virginia Wallace

Add your requests at To add new titles to your catalog, see the RILINK website at

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Recommended Settings for eBooks

RILINK recommends the following settings for BookLynx eBooks due to the high demand placed on them because of the pandemic.

Elementary School Students

  • Max Checkouts- 2
  • Max Holds- 1
  • Ready Holds Expire in - 5 days
  • Loan Period- 7 days

Middle & High School Students

  • Max Checkouts- 3
  • Max Holds- 2
  • Ready Holds Expire in - 3 days
  • Loan Period- 14 days


  • Max Checkouts- 3
  • Max Holds- 3
  • Ready Holds Expire in - 3 days
  • Loan Period- 14 days

Form for Ordering Barcode Labels

The barcode label order form is open at An order is placed once a minimum of 8 rolls have been requested.

Call for Third Grade Collaboration

From Melanie Roy

"Happy New Year to my esteemed library colleagues! I am writing on behalf of a third grade team looking to collaborate with others in different parts of the state. Here is a summary of the project:

'We are looking for other grade 3 classes to pair with some of ours for a project titled Connections Across Covid. The project begins with students reading and discussing different ways the Coronavirus has caused barriers for people, and also connected people. They then will be partnered up with another grade 3 student, and will interview them about their experience with the Coronavirus and how it's caused challenges and the good things that have come out of this experience. The ultimate goal after the interview is for the students to come up with a "product" that would become an artifact of their experience as a student during this time.'

If you or a third grade teacher you know is interested in this project and would like to collaborate, please reach out to Julie Myszak, Instructional Coach and Organizer, at"

RILA 2021 Conference Call for Proposals*

The RILA 2021 Conference call for proposals is open!

Please visit the 2021 RILA Call for Proposals Form [] to submit your ideas for

conference sessions. This year’s conference theme is Well + Connected: Libraries and Healthy Communities. We are seeking proposals that explore our theme in different ways, including public health and pandemic response; equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism; community partnerships and connections; and library staff mental health and wellbeing. As always, your proposal does not need to conform to the theme to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

The conference will be held on June 3 – 4, 2021, and the final decision about whether this conference will be in-person or virtual will be made in January 2021. Please only submit proposals you would be equally comfortable presenting in either a face-to-face or live virtual format or wait until the announcement before submitting your proposal! The school library track will be Friday, June 4.

Submissions are due by February 1, 2021. We strive to create a vibrant conference that will leave attendees invigorated and inspired, and we look forward to reading your proposals!


The RILA 2021 Conference Committee

*Sent to the SLRI list

Reminders Access Issues

All resources on use geo-authentication. If your students are having issues trying to access these resources from home, their internet provider most likely is from outside of RI. provides information about out-of-state access at

An email sent to the list with a work around for World Book eBooks is available at

Most emails to the list and all newsletters are posted on the RILINK website.

ALA Midwinter

The conference runs from January 22-26, 2021. Visit to learn more.