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RILINK Communications, News Archives, and Press Release Archives: 2007 News

Learn about new RILINK members, features, products, services, and programs. Visit the archives to get a sense of how much RILINK has grown and evolved as an organization.

RILINK News from 2007!

RILINK libraries have a group subscription to World Book Online !  For 2007-2008, students and teachers at RILINK member schools will have a subscription to World Book Advanced, fully correlated to state content standards.  With a single search, they can access:

• 270,000 primary source documents and 5,500 e-books

• 25,000 encyclopedia articles

• 10,000 sounds and pronunciations

• Thousands of images and periodical articles

• Thousands of editor-selected Web sites

 • World Book's Atlas and Dictionary databases

RILINK now has 90 members, with 88 online with RICAT as of December, 2007.

RILINK received an LSTA grant (2006) to upgrade its RICAT servers!  RILINK has upgraded its RICAT automated system, with the capacity to serve a minimum of 100 individual libraries. Interlibrary loan functionality, with the ability for all member libraries in the statewide library network (LORI) to place interlibrary loan requests online, has also been added. With the upgraded system, RILINK can meet projected needs for entire school districts, such as Warwick and Pawtucket, to have all of their school libraries use RICAT. RILINK can also explore options for adding libraries in charter schools, as well as small libraries of other types, such as historical society libraries, that are not currently served by the public or academic library consortia in Rhode Island.

New RICAT libraries

Welcome to our newest RILINK members, who also came online with RICAT in December (2007) - Fogarty Memorial and West Glocester Elementary schools in Glocester !

All twenty-two Cranston public schools are now RILINK members, with the following elementary schools coming online this fall (2007) with RICAT:  Eden Park, Edgewood Highland, Oak Lawn, Orchard Farms, Stadium, Stone Hill, and Waterman.

88 down, and one to go !  This fall (2007) more RILINK member libraries moved to RICAT, using partial funding from a federal LSTA grant through the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), with local or state funding covering the remainder of the cost: Curtis Corner Middle School (South Kingstown), Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High School, Guiteras and Rockwell elementary schools (Bristol/Warren), Johnston High School, La Salle Academy, Mercymount Country Day School, and St. Andrews School. 

Meeting St. School and the Paul Cuffee School have joined RILINK as new members and RICAT libraries, along with two additional junior high schools in Warwick -Gorton and Winman.

Edward S. Rhodes School (Cranston, April 2007), East Providence High School (January) and Chariho Regional High School (February) have joined our shared RICAT system.

Mary V. Quirk students  moved into their new quarters in the recently completed addition to the Hugh Cole School in February (2007), but the libraries at the two schools were previously merged virtually on a new RICAT site.  Welcome to our new RILINK member!

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