RILINK Newsletter

June 2021

RILINK Summer Conference 2021

School Libraries: HeadQuarters for High Quality Learning

RILINK is very pleased to have Joyce Valenza as the keynote speaker as well as a workshop presenter at the 2021conference. A total of 15 sessions will be provided over the three days via Zoom. Both RILINK members and members of the RI library community are providing sessions.

Find the complete details including registration information on the conference website at We look forward to "zooming" with you!

RILA Outstanding Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Michelle Steever, school library media specialist at East Greenwich High School, for being awarded the Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award at the 2021 RILA Conference! Read more about Michelle's award on the RILA website .

Two New Guides on RILINK Site

Move to Follett Hosted Guide

In addition to the guide added for eBooks and digital audiobooks on RISOCKS, we have also added a new guide for information on our move to Follett hosted. It's a link off the main page at This is a good opportunity to consider moving your links for students and teachers from your Home Page in the Destiny Back Office to Destiny Discover and LibGuides.

Please note the following:

  • Any changes to your site after Friday, June 25, may not be reflected in the new Follett-hosted site
  • After the new sites have been set up on Follett-hosted, additional work will have to be done to set up the new sites.
  • The current sites will remain available through October so that you can refer to them for settings. They will not be linked to Destiny Discover and will not be usable for student and teacher access or for circulation transactions.
  • Any copies marked Lost when the MARC and copy records are moved will be reset to Available and will need to be reset as Lost. Please consider deleting Lost copies by date for those copies unlikely to return.
  • A transaction file will be used to match checked out items to patrons after the transfer. Checked out items should not be marked Lost, but you may have to look up the corresponding record in the old site if the student is no longer at the school.

Please send any questions about the move to The next Zoomulia on Thursday, June 10, at 3:30 is another opportunity to ask questions and get additional information. Watch for Zoomulia access information which will be sent to the RILINK listserv shortly.

"RISOCKS/OverDrive" Guide

Also added to the RILINK site recently is a complete guide about the move to RISOCKS/OverDrive for eBooks and audiobooks. The guide is linked off the main page at

Welcome Advisory Board Members

The new RILINK Advisory Board held its first meeting on June 2 via Zoom. The Board members will advise, recommend, and advocate for RILINK as we address our mission and move to implement the Strategic Plan. We wish to thank Wendy Gustavel, Kelly Harrington, Sarah Hunicke, Danielle Margarida, Chris Masiello, Marianne Mirando, Mary Moen, Donna Ottaviano, Peter Quesnel, Jane Vincelette, and Tasha White for agreeing to serve on the Board.

General Announcements

Upcoming Destiny Planned Maintenance

Dorothy emailed a notice to the list on June 7 about upcoming Follett Destiny planned maintenance from 1am CT, Saturday, June 19, 2021, until 6am CT, Monday, June 21. During this time, your Follett applications may experience intermittent connectivity.

You can read the complete announcement at

Zoomulias in June

The last two Zoomulias for this school year will take place on Thursday, June 10, and June 24, at 3:30. The topic for June 10 is the move to Follett Hosting. Reviewing the new guide at prior to the session is recommended. Zoom information will be sent to the list.

Professional Learning for 2021-22

Zoomulias will begin again on Thursday, August 26, at 3:30 pm after the July-August hiatus. The topic for the first session will be Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The School Library and Me in the Global Learning Community from the AASL Learning Library. Professional Learning Certificates will be provided for this session. Registration will be required as well as signing into the session chat to receive one.

RILINK will continue to provide professional learning sessions on statewide PD days. Also, sessions may be requested by individual librarians for themselves, their school. or their district. Learn more about these options on the Profession Learning Resources guide.

Sora Sweet Reads

Just a reminder to check out Sora Sweet Reads announcement at and also look for resources for this summer at

ILL & LORI Certification

Thank you to all who participated in ILL this school year! It appears that the majority of ILL items stranded last year have been returned to their owning libraries. Now may be a good time to check your shelves for any items that may have come back to you and not been checked in, as well as items listed as “returning” to other libraries that ended up being shelved in error.

If there are items listed on your Processing Needed page from previous years and you aren’t sure how to resolve them, contact Karen for assistance.

The LORI Certification login credentials will be sent to the RILINK email address associated with your library in early July. It is imperative that you have access to your RILINK email address to receive this information. The window for submitting the LORI Certification application is July 15 - Sept 30 for schools. Chaichin Chen, OLIS Resource Sharing Coordinator, will be offering a session on July 15 at the 2021 RILINK Summer Conference on LORI Certification and Delivery Services. OLIS will also be offering two training sessions about the certification process.

Take Action for eBooks in RI - Support H6246

From Julie Holden via the RILA List

"Hello RILA Members:

Rep. Lauren Carson of Newport recently introduced H6246 in the RI House. This bill will level the playing field so libraries and schools can provide the digital resources their communities seek. We need your help advocating to advance the bill out of committee and get it passed on the House floor! We'd love for you all to participate in our campaign. Contact your legislator today using these links:

Email your legislator

Call your legislator"

In case you missed this in the most recent Commissioner’s Field Memo.

Seeking School Librarians, ... to Connect the Science of Reading to Special Area Instruction

"Rhode Island is working to develop a statewide understanding of the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy in order to provide equitable access to scientifically based reading instruction for all students. To further the momentum of upcoming training in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, RIDE will develop a targeted resource for special area teachers (e.g., school librarians, art teachers, music teachers, physical education teachers) to ensure all teachers have the opportunity to take part in this coordinated effort to support students' literacy development.

Thus, RIDE is seeking the expertise of special area teachers to develop the first-of-its-kind resource containing strategies and examples that will serve as a roadmap to integrate scientifically based literacy instruction to practices within library, art, music, and physical education settings. This volunteer advisory team would first meet in June to build their knowledge in the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy, followed by individual special area team meetings monthly in July and August. If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this advisory team, please complete the following Google Form by June 11th."

RILINK Schools Spring Summer Newsletter

Summer maintenance, new tips on search boxes, and professional learning sessions for 2021-22