RILINK Newsletter

February 2021

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Important Zoom Meeting about OverDrive

Move to OverDrive

RILINK will host a Zoom meeting on February 8 at 3:30 PM about the move to OverDrive in June of 2021. The invitation to attend was sent to the RILINK list on February 1. If you have specific questions please send them to info@rilink.org by Thursday, February 4.


The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Tips!

Student Record Updates

If your district is sending daily update files, and a new student has not appeared in your site, they probably do not have a State ID in your district's Student Information Management System. Once the State ID is added, the student record should get added/updated the following night.


If you want to add a student in the meantime, make sure to use their local Student ID as their barcode, and LEAVE THE DISTRICT ID FIELD BLANK.

New Features in Capstone

Capstone has added new features to turn off Hover sounds and enable direct links to articles without logging in. Visit https://www.pebblego.com/pebblego-january-2021-updates for step-by step directions.

Edit & Delete Reviews in Destiny Discover

The February 2 update to Destiny Discover added the ability for Admins to the Edit and Delete reviews. For more about this update and all the unique features of Destiny Discover visit the RILINK website.


Coming in the next few months-

  • Mass Approvals
  • Mass Deletes
  • Mass Deletes by Date Submitted

Library Manager Holds Reports Improvements in v18.3

An email detailing the improvements to the Holds Reports was sent to the list on January 19. Review those changes at https://guides.rilink.org/ddinclusive/updates18_3.

Great Article on the Role of the Librarian

Please take time to read this really wonderful article on the increasing importance of our role in education from Knowledge Quest: Answering the Call for Media Literacy. Thank you Marianne Mirando for sharing it on the RILINK list!

Behind the Book Author Takeover with Jerry Craft and Robin Ha

From the Follett Wave Newsletter


On February 17, 2021 at 2:00pm CT join author/illustrators Jerry Craft and Robin Ha as they discuss the value of graphic novels for readers, common misconceptions about graphic novels, and the importance of diversity in this growing genre.


We hope this event will:

  • Introduce you to author/illustrators who you might not already be familiar with
  • Give you a better understanding of how graphic novels support the striving reader
  • Clear up misconceptions about graphic novels
  • Provide you with educator resources to incorporate into your daily lessons


Register

New BookLynx Titles to Share with Students and Teachers


Watch for the 57 BookLynx titles coming soon. A notice will be sent out to the RILINK list when they arrive. Selections celebrate diversity, including:

  • All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (K-3)
  • Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid by Mikaila Ulmer (5-8)
  • Student Voice: 100 Argument Essays by Teens on Issues That Matter to Them by Katherine Schulten (YA)

Thank you Donna Good for all of your work in selecting new titles and responding to requests. To add new titles to your catalog see the RILINK website at https://tinyurl.com/ycdylnrv.

ILL Returns from 2019-20 School Year

Hundreds of books have begun or completed the journey back to their owning libraries. RILINK staff in partnership with the Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) made this possible in conjunction with the statewide delivery vendor. Using the East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC) as a hub, RILINK staff sorted and labeled books for return to forty-four RILINK school libraries that are not currently on delivery. This initiative will continue until the end of February.


Any questions about ILL or ILL delivery can be sent to Karen.

Recommended Settings for Digital Content

More than 475 eBooks and digital audiobooks have been added to BookLynx since March 2020. This means that students and teachers have access to over 2,360 eBook and audiobook titles. In order to maximize the availability and use of these shared resources RILINK is recommending settings for digital content.


Elementary

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

Middle & Secondary

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


Faculty

  • Max Checkouts 5
  • Max Holds 3
  • Ready Holds Expire in 3 days
  • Loan Period 14 days


To access these settings in Destiny Discover


  • select the Admin tab from the Main (Hamburger) Menu.
  • go to the option Policies at the top of the list and then Patron Types.
  • click on Action on the far right of the screen for each Patron Type and then Edit to make changes.
  • Click Save for each patron type.


Additional information is available here on the RILINK website!

New to Titlewave- Assigned-User Access eBooks

Assigned-User Access eBook titles are now available in Titlewave to "rent" for a period of 30, 60, or 90 days depending on the publisher. Currently, only 90 day terms appear to be available. These titles are designed for classroom use, not for the library. However, they are assigned and accessed through Destiny Discover.


Learn more about this new resource on the RILINK website.

Professional Learning Sessions

Session Recordings

An email with links to the January 25 recordings was sent to the list on January 26. These recordings will be available until February 12. After that recordings for all of the sessions will be available for viewing at https://guides.rilink.org/plsessions2020-21. The password for this Guide was also sent to the list on January 26.

Suggestions for March & May Days

Two more statewide days have been scheduled. Please send suggested topics to sharon@rilink.org. As always member librarians may request virtual sessions for themselves, their schools, or their districts by completing the Request Virtual Professional Learning Session on the Professional Learning Resources guide.