RILINK Newsletter

April 2019

General Announcements

Copyright & Fair Use survey

On behalf of the LORI Resource Sharing Working Group (RSWG), Karen and Zach invite school library staff to complete this brief copyright and fair use survey to let us know the questions and concerns that apply to you. Survey results will be used to formulate ideas for future RSWG programming.


Survey submissions are anonymous. Deadline for submissions is 5 PM on Friday, April 5.


Thank you for your time and consideration.

Digital collections

Missed, but still interested in the March 20 webinar on Digital Collection Development? You can view a recording of the webinar at https://home.edweb.net/webinar/emergingtech20190320/.

Host site for May Inventory Session

RILINK needs a host site for a May inventory workshop. The librarian of the host site has the benefit of having the inventory process set up while Dorothy provides the "how-tos" for the participants. Please contact Sharon if you would like your library considered.

INFOBASE TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR APRIL THROUGH MAY

RILINK members can take advantage of a free Infobase trial running from now through June 9th. An email with the trial information was sent to the RILINK list on March 27th.

Databases available include


  • Bloom's Literature
  • Chelsea House Biographies Online
  • Classroom Video On Demand
  • Curriculum Resource Center
  • Ferguson's Career Guidance Center (could your Guidance Office use this?)
  • History Databases
  • Issues & Controversies
  • Learn360
  • Mid/High School eBook Subscription Collection
  • Science Online
  • The World Almanac for Kids Elementary
  • World News Digest
  • World Religions
  • Writer's Reference Center

and many others. Share the trial with your teachers, including Mailbox School - fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets with teacher-created ideas that work. Please note that Infobase will not increase the pricing on all renewals for the next three years.

New Additions to Booklynx

You can find the list of the 69 BookLynx titles, both eBooks and audiobooks, added or renewed for March at https://bit.ly/marchbooklynx.


Instructions for adding BookLynx eBooks and digital audiobooks to your library’s FollettShelf are on our web site at http://guides.rilink.org/shelf on the [Add/Delete Titles?] tab. You may need to refresh/reload the page to see the current set of instructions.


Please note: Donna Good is eagerly awaiting your suggestions for titles/subjects/genres to add to BookLynx. Just fill out the form at http://rilink.libsurveys.com/eBookrequest

Order barcode labels

If you need barcode labels, please complete the order form at http://guides.rilink.org/beyond_help/orderlabels . The deadline for submitting orders is April 19th. If you have questions, please contact Dorothy Frechette.

Poetry Month

Happy Poetry Month! Check out Shannon McClintock Miller's The Library Voice Blog and her "Poetry, Poetry, Poetry Collection" for resources.

RI Book Awards Announcements

"High school students from across Rhode Island have voted! We're proud to announce The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as the winner of the 2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award.

Our Honor Books are Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater."

-from Stephanie Barta, Children's Librarian, Louttit Library


"The 2019 Rhode Island Children's Book Award winner is Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno! This year 94 schools and libraries submitted votes from 7,259 students in grades 3-5 who read at least 3 titles from the list of 20 nominees.' - from Margarida Danielle at OLIS


All of the titles for the 2020 nominees for both lists are now available in RILINK Schools Assets as Book from Catalog.


Two very simple sample pages have been created on the Webster High School demo site. Please feel free to reuse the boxes or pages. Make sure you copy the box or page so you can edit it to fit the needs of your school.


https://guides.rilinkschools.org/websterhs/ritba2020


https://guides.rilinkschools.org/websterhs/ribca2020


As soon as the titles for RIMSBA are available, they will be added along with a sample page.

Register for Spring Cleaning Session

Jumpstart your new site!

Looking for time to work on your new site? A limited number of spaces are available during the Spring Cleanup Session. Indicate your interest on the Registration Form or contact Sharon to reserve a spot.

Use Statistics Tool for Evaluation

Are you using your library website for evaluation or to meet professional development goals? Take a look at Statistics found on the orange command bar. Watch this short screencast to learn more about this tool in Springshare Help. If prompted to login use your RILINK Schools username and password.
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A Word of Caution When Embedding Code

Has a box like the one above appeared when you have tried to add widget code to your site?When embedding code from a third party source (such as Infobase), please be cautious. If you do not know how to fix the html code, do not add it. Adding code not compatible (such as jQuery) or incomplete in some way has consequences. Contact us for assistance.


Please take a moment to review this FAQ at https://ask.springshare.com/libguides/faq/939.

New RILINK/LORI Libraries

Congratulations to the following school libraries for successfully completing the process and becoming Resource Sharing libraries for the first time!


  • CMS Chariho Middle School
  • IPS Capt. Isaac Paine Elementary School
  • PGO Goff Middle School
  • SPS St. Patrick Academy (9-12)


The benefits of LORI membership include resource sharing with RILINK/LORI schools and the entire Ocean State Libraries network. It is also possible to borrow from academic and out-of-state libraries. The ability to provide needed materials to your students, staff, teachers and administrators is one of the ways school libraries are seen as essential partners in creating lifelong learners.

Corner Bookshelf

A Friend for Henry is the story of a boy on the autism spectrum who struggles (at first) to make a friend at school. This sweetly told and beautifully illustrated tale is author Jenn Bailey's first children's book. Full disclosure: Zach and Jenn went to Toll Gate High School together.


Read a review of this picture book Kirkus Reviews and learn more about the author at https://jennbailey.com/.

Learn more about this grant opportunity at http://bit.ly/brightlygrant.