RILINK Newsletter

February 2020

Save the Date!

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Requests for Proposals

RILINK is looking for member librarians and colleagues to present at the conference. If you are interested in offering a session, please complete the proposal form at

Please share this form with any potential presenters for the conference.

ILL Update

Friendly Reminders for RILINK/LORI members!

2018/2019 ILL statistics are due Friday, February 7th, and should be reported here. Please contact Karen off-list if you have any questions.

Current LORI members and anyone interested in becoming a LORI member may want to attend LORI Resource Sharing Procedures Review workshop being offered on February 6 by OLIS.

Description: Come meet your colleagues from around the state and learn about resource sharing procedures. OLIS staff will review the procedures from start to finish. Whether you are from an academic, public, school, or other type of library, this is the session for you. See all the details under Registration Information.

Registration information

Library Happenings

Media Production Lab Workshop at East Greenwich High School on February 27

In 2019, the East Greenwich High School Library was awarded a grant from OLIS using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a media production lab in an existing, unused library office. This workshop will provide an overview of the grant application, the furniture and software purchased, explain how the lab is being used, and describe the challenges and benefits of having the lab. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what is needed to create student-generated podcasts and how they might incorporate podcasting within their library.

See full details and register at

RILINK School Librarian Receives Grants

Martha Badigian, school library media specialist at Peace Dale and Wakefield Elementary Schools, recently received two grants to benefit her students.

Martha received a Spark Grant from the RI Foundation, made possible by the generosity of Letitia and the late John Carter. This specific $900 grant will purchase audio books for the SK 4th Grade Battle of the Books books for two schools . Audio books offer an alternate way for all to enjoy books. Students who like to listen to the book as they read along or those that might find the book too challenging to read both benefit from the audiobook format. Martha is thrilled to offer students new ways to enjoy this year's Battle of the Books titles and is very appreciative of the support of the Rhode Island Foundation.

Martha also received a grant for $500 through VFW Post 916 for Wakefield School to purchase books about WWI and WWII. She is looking forward to selecting books on the two subjects as it will enhance the collection. She wishes to thank Joe "Tiger" Patrick, Post Commander, and Judy Munson, President of the Washington County VFW Post 916 Auxiliary for making this possible! The kids will be very excited about nice, new books!

RILINK School Highlights and Announcements

Housecleaning of Assets Scheduled for Summer 2020

RILINK Schools currently has over 60, 000 Assets; links, widgets, documents, etc.; in its system. Of those, over 20,000 are not being used. An unused asset is indicated by a zero (0) under the Mapping column. One member librarian went in recently and realized she had over 900 Assets not being used. She was very grateful to hear she didn't have to manually delete them.

Springshare will do a mass delete of the unused Assets for us. This mass delete will be scheduled for July 2020. Want to check how many you have? Directions are available on the RILINK Schools Winter Newsletter.

Collaborating with Teachers Using LibGuides at EGHS

At the high school level, many of the services the library provides to students and teachers happen outside the library. To that end, Michelle Steever, the librarian at East Greenwich High School, wanted a library website that was visually appealing and resource-rich. Because her high school website is difficult to maneuver and search and is not often updated, she wanted the Library website to become the information hub for the school, providing resources for teachers, students and their families.

Michelle has worked with teachers to create content-specific research guides, digital and media literacy content lessons and tech tutorials for their classes. This year, she has worked with Social Studies teachers to establish their online presence, providing them access to their own LibGuides to curate content and post instructional materials outside Google Classroom. Media Literacy has been a major focus this year, and the library has collaborated with Social Studies teachers to provide lessons on propaganda, censorship, and fake news.

Funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the OLIS grant created the opportunity to transform an unused library office into a media production lab. Teachers across all academic disciplines (Humanities, Science, English, Social Studies, Finance, etc.) have embraced student-created podcasts as a form of assessment. Student clubs, as well as individual students, are also using the media lab to create their own digital content for personal interests and to promote school-sponsored events.

The library website and other custom LibGuides sites support these collaborations. The media production guide as well as one of the teacher guides is linked below.

How Are You Using LibGuides?

Each month RILINK will spotlight how members are using their site to promote communication and/or collaboration with the school community. Please email Sharon with suggested sites to highlight.

eBook Updates

What to Do If Your eBook Stops Working While You Are Reading or Showing It to a Class

  • Teachers and students who want to read an eBook should always log in.
  • If they find the eBook or audio book in Destiny Discover, they should check it out before Opening it.
  • If they find and Open an eBook or digital audio book in Destiny Classic, a new window should Open.
  • Once the book opens, they should click on the book symbol with the check mark on it to Check out the book. The eBooks must open in a new window in the browser in either case.
  • When the student or teacher is finished with the book, they should close the new window that opened, and they will be returned to the Destiny Classic or Destiny Discover window where they started.
  • If the eBooks are not opening in a separate window, this is something to talk about with your local technology person as a possible browser or network setting.
  • If the book is checked out and a problem occurs, the user should close the window where it was opened.
  • Then the user should be able to open the book again right away in the Destiny Discover or Destiny Classic window where they started, and the eBook should open to the page where they were when the problem occurred.
  • If the eBook is not displayed in the Destiny Discover window, they can click on the hamburger symbol in the left-hand corner, scroll down to Checkouts, and open the eBook again.
  • If they were in Destiny Classic, they can find and Open the eBook or audio book in the My Info tab, provided they logged in and checked the item out. The eBook should open to the page where they were when the problem occurred.

Reading Follett eBooks Offline When Not Connected to the Internet

There are two different functions for reading an eBook offline, depending on whether you are using an iOS or Android device or Chromebook or a computer.

If you are using an iOS or Android device, such as a phone or tablet -

  • first download the free Destiny READ App from the App store for your device.
  • the directions for using the App are available at

If you can’t download the App, you can try downloading to the Chromebook or a computer. Note:This may not be allowed in your district.

  • Remembering to add the bookmark called Follett offline access so that you can get back to your offline library by opening your browser is very important.
  • The directions are available at

BookLynx Updates

Hachette Books Not Available to Add to BookLynx

Please note that RILINK cannot order eBooks from the publisher Hachette Book Group ( for BookLynx as they will not allow purchase of their titles by network or consortia. You can still order these titles from Follett, but they would have to be purchased for your own collection.

New BookLynx eBooks and Digital Audio Books added, Including Audio Titles in Spanish

Check out the 101 new eBooks and digital audio titles recently added to RILINK at, including five Harry Potter titles in Spanish. A new Resource List of BookLynx titles in Spanish or with Spanish vocabulary is now available at They may also be viewed in a Collection format: BookLynx January 2020 and BookLynx Spanish Titles January 2020.

See the emails sent out on January 17th and January 31 to the RILINK list for more information and a link to directions for adding BookLynx eBooks and digital audio to your collection. As always, Donna Good looks forward to receiving your requests and recommendations. Just fill out the form at

Destiny Discover & Collections Updates

Choose How Student Reviewers' Names Appear

Reviewers may now be identified using any of the following options: anonymous, first name and last initial, last name, first name, initials only.

See Setup Review Preferences for more details.

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New Collections Video

A new video Collections Tools for the Digital Classroom has been added to the Follett Community site. From the Follett site - "After watching this video, you will be able to add collections to a set, align it to standards and create engaging lessons with playlists."

RILINK Schools users have access to the video at

Sharing Options Now Available in Simplified Version

Sharing options may now be enabled in the Simplified version of Destiny Discover. This option is already available in the Standard version. Patrons have access to permalinks and QR codes to share a specific Title Details page.

See Share Library Resources with Permalinks and QR Codes and Set Up Versions and Themes for directions on how to set these up.

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Rhode Island Teen Book Award Voting Has Opened

from Rebecca Ott, Young Adult Librarian, Tiverton Public Library, RITBA Chair 2019-Present

It’s that time of the year again – voting for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award winner! Teens of Rhode Island get a chance to vote for the book they think is the best book they have read from a list selected by teachers, public librarians, and school library media specialists.

Where can our teens vote? Well, they can do it in schools and local public libraries. Interested schools and libraries can find an official ballot under Official Election Ballot, to download and print. Ballots can be accepted at the participating schools and libraries from January 21, 2020 through February 29, 2020. Voting results should be emailed to by Monday, March 2, 2020.

We are once again offering free books as prizes and incentives for both teen voters and voting stations in public and school libraries across Rhode Island. For more information and to get your voting station involved, click here for 2020 Voting Incentives.

Please direct any questions to