RILINK Newsletter

June 2019

Meet RILINK’s New Member Services Librarian

RILINK welcomes new Member Services Librarian Jacquelyn Lamoureux. In her work as a School Library Media Specialist with West Warwick Schools, Jackie focused on standards based instruction, in particular integrating American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and information literacy skills from the Partnership for 21st Century skills. She was also involved in developing and implementing school librarian evaluation.


Currently, Jackie is a practicum cooperating teacher for graduate students in URI's school library media program, serves as a substitute SLMS in West Warwick, and is working on data conversion for the Pawtucket schools joining RILINK. Read Jackie's resume to learn more about her background. Jackie can reached at jackie@rilink.org.

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RILINK Member Librarians Honored at RILA Conference 2019

RILINK celebrates the recognition of three RILINK member librarians at this year's RILA Conference. Congratulations to


Sarah Hunicke, Outstanding Librarian Award


Susan Rose, Aldrich Leadership Award


Melanie Roy, School Librarian of the Year


Also at the conference, Cynthia Alexandre, librarian at Goff Middle School in Pawtucket, and Heidi Blais, librarian at Cranston High School East received mini-grants from SLRI. Cynthia will use hers to increase student access to diverse titles at higher reading levels. Heidi will use hers to to fund an "Explore the World Virtually" project. Students will be able to borrow smartphone compatible VR headsets to explore and enhance curricular topics.

Your Chance to Comment on Proposed Changes to LORI Standards and Regulations

Please read the email with the subject heading "Proposed Revisions to Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations" sent the RILA & RILINK lists on May 31 concerning the proposed revisions to LORI Standards and Regulations. OLIS, the Library Board of Rhode Island, and the ad hoc Committee welcome comments and other feedback on the proposed revisions to the LORI Standards. Comments are due by June 11, 2019.

Data Entry Personnel Needed

If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested in working with us on data entry for the remaining Pawtucket schools in June, please check out our website at

https://guides.rilink.org/data to download, fill out, and send in the Data Entry Contract and W-9 forms on the "How do I apply?" tab. The "Schedule" tab will show you the currently scheduled locations, dates, and times. If you have any questions, please contact karen@rilink.org .

Planning an Inventory?

Check out the RILINK web site at https://guides.rilink.org/beyond_help/inventory_may13. It has suggestions for planning an inventory plus a review of the entire process. Find information on inventory options, barcode scanning, as well as equipment and procedures for collecting barcode scans offline -using Google docs, the Dolphin (including where to get new batteries), and Follett’s new handheld scanner, VersaScan.

Project READ Update

We still need your suggestions for titles to share with students in elementary, middle and high school at https://rilink.libsurveys.com/suggest.


Review committees have been established for each of the levels.


Elementary School Level: Katie O'Kane, Primrose Hill School, Barrington School District; Michelle Bressler, Metcalf Elementary, Exeter-Greenwich School District; and Joan Wollin, Veterans Memorial Elementary, Central Falls School District


Middle School Level: Stephanie Mills, Park View Middle School, Cranston Public Schools; Rosemary Driscoll, Martin Middle School, East Providence School District; Carolyn Steward, Hope Highlands Middle School, Cranston Public Schools; and Mary Tow, Winman Middle School, Warwick Public Schools


High School: Debbie Fisher, Central Falls High School; Sarah Hunicke, Portsmouth High School; Marianne Mirando, Westerly High School, and Michelle Steever, East Greenwich High School

How Well Does Your Collection Reflect Your School and Local Community?

At the recent Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners (www.ritell.org), keynote speaker Jill Eisenberg, Director of Curriculum and Literacy Strategy at Lee & Low Books (www.leeandlow.com), talked about the importance of beginning the process of learning to read with books with language, characters, stories, and locations known to the children in your community. This makes learning to read a book much easier, as students do not have to struggle with learning new experiences and vocabulary at the same time they are learning a new skill.


For additional resources and links from the conference, which include booklists, please look under the Multicultural/Bilingual Tab on the RILINK Project Read web site. Some of the lists have been annotated to show which titles are available as BookLynx eBooks or digital audio books.


This October 15-18 WIDA, which advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse, will bring its annual Conference to Providence.

RI TeacherFest 2019

Registration for RI TeacherFest opened on May 20. RILINK is again offering a $50.00 credit to the first 80 members who register for the conference.


Take a look at a special conference newsletter previewing conference sessions presented by RILINK members as well as other sessions of interest.

Student and Teacher Patron Records in Destiny – Getting Ready for the Upcoming School Year

If you would like to make changes to the student or teacher records for your school or district, particularly if your records are being updated from your local student information management system, please contact dorothy@rilink.org .


Requested district changes should apply to all schools in the district. For example, you may want to

  • change to usernames that can stay with the student as they move to another school in the district, using, say, three letters for the district plus their local student ID number. This would create usernames that would be unique across all of our Destiny system.
  • consider using passwords that are the same as those that are used for other district logins, as long as they can be included in, or generated from, the information in the incoming student record files.
  • consider standardizing Patron Types for circulation by grade for elementary schools, or for high school seniors.


If the information that you need is not in the current student update file, RILINK will work with the person in your district who manages student records for your school or district to see if that information can be included in the future student update files.


To have any changes in place for September, please contact dorothy@rilink.org as soon as you have determined what changes you want.

Summer Reading

Please email any link updates, new lists, etc. for the RILINK Summer Reading Guide to Dorothy.


The guide also has a link to OverDrive’s Summer Read, which runs June 6 – August 15. OverDrive is providing 30 free and simultaneous use juvenile and young adult ebooks, plus select audiobook and Read-Along options. Find out more at https://company.overdrive.com/2019/05/10/7-ways-to-get-your-students-reading-this-summer/.

Get a Head Start on Your Own Summer Reading

Once again Joyce Polucha (LMS at Cumberland HS) has prepared a summer reading list just for us! Find this year’s excellent list on our web site at Librarians on the Summer Reading guide, along with the eight previous lists that you can also peruse if you run out of reading material this summer. The list is divided into two sections, with non-fiction following the fiction titles at the beginning. Dorothy already has her eye on several titles...


Thank you, Joyce!

2019 RI Latino Books Month Winners

The 2019 RI Latino Books Month winners were announced on June 1. Read about them on the website at http://www.rilatinoarts.org/LatinoBooksMonth.html and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LatinoBooksMonthRI/ .

Wishing You All a Wonderful Summer!

We Hope to See You at RI TeacherFest 2019!