RILINK Newsletter

March 2023

Survey Results

Eighty-four RILINK members responded to the Moving Forward survey. The results show Sora/RISOCKS and LibGuides were ranked one and two. Help Requests, a Functioning ILL/CDL System, Negotiated Discounts with Vendors, the Listserv and Newsletter followed.
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One RILINK staff take-away is to maintain strong relationships with our outside vendors. Another priority is to continue working with Follett to deliver the ILL/CDL product RILINK was promised in 2021. The RILINK Advisory Board will be meeting to review the survey and make recommendations.

Infobase Session - Wednesday, 3/22 @ 3:30

Infobase Representatives Katrina Conte and Robert Champion will provide an overview of some of their award-winning resources to RILINK members on Wednesday, March 22, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. The zoom link will be sent to the listserv and this session will be recorded and made available for those unable to attend.
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Capstone/PebbleGo Trial - April 15th

Vicky Sweet, our Capstone/PebbleGo representative has arranged free trials for RILINK members. Take a look at these resources as you decide on next year's purchases. Pricing information can be found on our website on the Member Discounts page.

PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-2 students. It is packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports. PebbleGoNext is a similar product for older elementary students. PebbleGo Create is an intuitive digital workspace for students to demonstrate learning and share their knowledge.

PebbleGo and Capstone eBook Trial has all the PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next modules as well as Spanish and includes 6,700 eBooks in the eBook tab.

Login at

Username: pgciorange Password: lovetoread

PebbleGo Create Trial has the CREATE (Buncee) enhancement. Access that either while you are in an article and click on CREATE in the bottom right or by clicking on the drop down menu if you want to create something not related to a specific article.

Login at

Username: createorange Password: lovetoread

Summer Conference - Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that RILINK is planning a one-day, in-person conference at the East Bay Educational Collaborative on Tuesday, July 18! Mark your calendar and look out for upcoming announcements.


As announced last month, magazines are back for a six month trial. We encourage you to take a look at the available titles and encourage students and staff to use them. At the end of the trial the RISOCKS committee will evaluate the usage data.

Creating an Emergency Lesson Plan with Sora is one of many articles you can find in the Schools Blog. A short video on using magazines is available in the OverDrive Resource Center. And there is a Magazine Marketing Kit you can download!

If you would like to recommend any ebook/audiobook titles for purchase, please use the form on our website. The information will go to us and to our OverDrive Content Specialist.

Invoices for 2023-2024

Some good news! Follett will not raise prices for Library Manager and add-ons such as WebPath Express, State Standards, and Fountas & Pinnell for next year. Most other vendors will keep prices the same, as well. There will be an increase for Gale of approximately 5% for most of their products. We are in the process of preparing draft invoices based on your 2022-2023 invoice which you will receive in the beginning of April. At that time please review the draft and make any changes before the final invoice goes out July 1.

ILL/CDL Update

This has been a very frustrating two years for RILINK members to wait for the promised CDL module from Follett. The latest estimate is that this will be available in September 2023. We have a meeting scheduled to discuss the project in April.

While we wait for the improved CDL module, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Use the CDL Checklist as a guide for processing CDL requests and report delivery issues as soon and as often as they occur.

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