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RILINK Newsletter August 2019

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As the school year begins, we have much to share about the RILINK Planning Survey, Project Read, the summer conference, and Destiny Library Manager updates.

As always we may be contacted via email, phone, or text. Contact information is available on the RILINK website at http://guides.rilink.org/home/about and in our email signatures.

For Help Requests please use the RILINK Help Request Form. This ensures all staff members are notified at the same time so your question is addressed more efficiently.

Watch for more updates in the September newsletter.

Have a great opening!

RILINK Planning Survey

RILINK is starting a year-long planning process for the future with your review of current services and suggestions for us to consider. Please complete the survey at https://rilink.libwizard.com/f/evalrilink.

Need an incentive beyond helping us help you– would you like a new barcode scanner or a gift card? Complete the survey and enter your email address before clicking the Submit button.

Destiny Library Manager Update

Destiny 17 is up and running on RICAT. Follett is adding to and refining Destiny Discover on an ongoing basis. Check out the new Destiny Discover themes for elementary students, find out how to customize ribbons, and view a short video on checking in materials that are checked out at other RILINK libraries at https://guides.rilink.org/Destiny17.

Project Read

Project READ needs your help. Spread the word !

The audio books purchased for the project are available at https://rilink.mackinvia.com, where you, your students, and your teachers can log in with their Destiny username and password and get access to titles appropriate for the age range for your school.

Once logged in, you can access

  • the Project READ audiobooks that Mackin has set up for your site
  • any other items that your library has purchased from MackinVIA
  • plus any other items in the public domain at Mackin VIA .

The same titles have been uploaded into your school’s Destiny site, with a Resource List added for easy access. Logged in Destiny users can open the titles without needing an additional username and password because MackinVIA is fully integrated with our Destiny system. You can see the entire list of titles purchased for Project READ at https://bit.ly/prtitles.

How else can you help? Project READ needs more suggestions for book titles that you, or someone you know, has shared with young people. Add your favorite titles to share at https://guides.rilink.org/Read. We are also planning to add a page for recommended screen-reading software. Please add your suggestions to the Padlet at https://padlet.com/dorothy13/1d1bn7d13757.

Catch Up On Your Reading & Viewing

From the RI Commissioner’s Field Memo 5/3/19

Social and Emotional Learning Begins at the Library – with Librarians

In this age of social media and the glut of information available through various forms of technology, how do we help students understand others’ views or access and use information wisely? In her blog post, 2019 Jamestown District Teacher of the Year Lisa Casey offers a solution: the Library. When students experience the viewpoint of someone else through reading, social and emotional learning is happening. Librarians expand on that learning by guiding students in negotiating the information highway and understanding good digital citizenship.

Read her full post from the RI Commissioner’s Field Memo 5/3/19.

Check out the video at https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/corp/unitetalk that illustrates findings from a national survey of 8th graders with exciting and inspirational information about improving student achievement and effecting transformational change. The correlations from the data are amazing. Could access to books, with lots of choice, be a significant part of the answer to student achievement?

Standardizing Logins for Your Students and Teachers

If you are interested in standardizing logins for your students and teachers so that logging into Destiny and other databases and services is easier, please contact dorothy@rilink.org .

She needs to able to work with you and your district tech person and student data personnel to explore possibilities.

You can also do your part by insisting that data and subscription service vendors must show

  • their products can be integrated with Destiny
  • accessed through Google Education accounts
  • or at the very least, use the same usernames and passwords that are used for logging into the local network or logging into Destiny.

If students can’t remember the password, how will they use Destiny features?

eBook Statistics

Currently, eBook and digital audio book statistics for the current year can be accessed using the eContent Usage Statistics Report in Setup in Destiny Discover. The year rolls over at the beginning of July. Zero usage will be reflected until students and teachers begin to use/borrow eBooks and digital audio books in the new school year. Follett is considering adding the ability to specify a range in a future release.

The only other report that would be of some use in getting statistics is the eContent Usage Report, also in Setup in Destiny Discover, where a time period can be specified. This report gives a list of each individual activity/transaction for the specified period. To get counts by type, etc., export the report to Excel to manipulate the data.

Ebook and audio book statistics are added to the Circulation reports in Destiny Classic, but not as a separate Range. They are assigned to each Range by the call number that Follett assigned to that eBook or digital audio book – fiction, nonfiction dewey number, etc.

RILINK Summer Conference 2019

RILINK hosted a summer conference on July 30 at EBEC. A special thank you to our presenters for agreeing to present on such short notice. Participants were very pleased with the sessions.

Couldn't make the conference? Visit https://guides.rilink.org/sc2019/schedule to view the list of sessions. Visit the individual sessions for resources made available during the conference.

OnSite ( or maybe even Virtual) Professional Development

Just a reminder that professional development is available to you, your schools, or your districts upon request. Please visit https://guides.rilink.org/home/onsitepd for the all details. Click on the "Request Professional Development" button to submit your request.

Unsure about the process of submitting a request? Click on the "How to Request Onsite PD" tutorial on the left hand side of the window.