RILINK Newsletter

March 2021

Special Announcements

Staffing Change

Zach Berger is taking a leave of absence from RILINK to concentrate on his full-time work at Cranston Public Library. He will be greatly missed, and we look forward to his return.


Please remember to submit any support questions using the Request Help button that appears on every page of the RILINK website at https://guides.rilink.org.

RILINK Is Moving to Follett Hosted

After considerable deliberation and research, we have decided to move our current self-hosted system as a single Follett Destiny district to a system where each school district/independent library will be hosted by Follett separately. This will accommodate single sign-on issues and provide secure student updates for each district/independent school as well as addressing a number of other issues that we are experiencing currently. Follett has promised to provide a means of providing interlibrary loan among participating members, which will be ready before the start of the new school year and refined to provide tracking and statistics during the course of the year. This transfer will start immediately after the end of the school year, and we are planning to have everything in place with the new system for the opening of school.


Thank you for taking the time with us to explore an alternative that has many of the features that we are anticipating in future updates of Destiny Discover. This was a very difficult decision for us, and we appreciate your patience and interest in Accessit library management software.

General Announcements

Help Choose a New Logo for RISOCKS

RILINK needs a logo for our shared RISOCKS eBook and digital audio books library on OverDrive. Help us choose! Vote for your choice at https://rilink.libwizard.com/f/risockslogo
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RILINK Summer Conference 2021

The 2021 Virtual Summer Conference "School Libraries: HeadQuarters for High Quality Learning" will be held Tuesday, July 13- Thursday, July 15. Participants will register for individual sessions customizing their schedule. The number of sessions offered will be determined by the number of accepted proposals, the recruitment of specialized sessions, and RILINK Staff offerings.


We are especially interested in librarian-led sessions related to supporting the curriculum or to improving practice in general. Those interested in presenting at the conference should complete the "Summer Conference Proposal Form" linked below.


The conference schedule and registration will be available the second week in June.

Summer Conference Proposal Form

Please complete this form to submit a potential session for the conference.

March 15 Professional Learning Sessions

RILINK has scheduled two sessions for the March statewide professional development day.



8:30- 9:30

Introduction to RISOCKS and SORA


RILINK is moving from BookLynx to OverDrive beginning in the 2021-22 school year. Learn more about RISOCKS, Rhode Island Shared OverDrive Collection for Kids and Schools, and SORA, the OverDrive app for K12 students at this session.


Register at https://rilink.libcal.com/event/7584988. Registration closes March 14 at 5:00 PM.


Presenter: Dorothy Frechette, RILINK Executive Director


10:00- 11:00


LibGuides Tips: Images, Video, and Box Types


Learn about the best ways to display content both for visual appeal and accessibility. Best practices when adding Images or Video to a site will be demonstrated. Suggested uses for Standard, Gallery, and Tabbed boxes will also be demonstrated.


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


Register at https://rilink.libcal.com/event/7584989. Registration closes on March 14 at 5:00 PM.


Presenter: Sharon Webster, Professional Learning & Technology Support Specialist



RILINK Staff is available to provide specific sessions on request. Visit the RILINK website at https://guides.rilink.org/prolearningopps/rilinkpl for additional information. Contact Sharon at sharon@rilink.org with questions.

BookLynx eBooks and Digital Audiobooks Added for March

The list of the 34 BookLynx titles added for March can be found

at https://tinyurl.com/hpc2p2d4. Find directions for adding eBooks and digital audio books to your collection at https://tinyurl.com/ycdylnrv. When adding new eBooks and audio books to your collection, sort by date added in descending order to see the newest titles.


Due to our anticipated move to OverDrive this year, we will not be adding new eBooks and digital audio books until the beginning of the next school year, but you can still make requests. As always, Donna Good looks forward to receiving your requests and recommendations. Just fill out the form at https://rilink.libwizard.com/f/eBookrequest.

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SORA SWEET READS RETURNS!

MAY 5 – AUGUST 20, 2021

Check it out at https://tinyurl.com/r6r33rjk

RILINK Schools LibGuides CMS Winter Newsletter 2021

Check out announcements about summer changes and tips for LibGuides & LibWizard. All members are entitled to LibGuides & LibWizard accounts as a member benefit.