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RICAT: About RICAT

RILINK's shared catalog is called RICAT. Learn more about it here.

Why Destiny?

With Destiny and RICAT, your library system is available anywhere a student, teacher, parent, administrator or librarian can access the web.  There is no local server or software to maintain and backup, and no need to open your district network to traffic from the outside so that students and teachers can have access to library resources from home.  Training for librarians and library staff is provided on site, as needed, by local professionals.

How would my school use RICAT?

If your school library joins our RICAT/Destiny system, all that is needed locally is good access to the Internet through PCs, MACs, or mobile devices with web browser software.  Librarians, library staff, teachers, students and parents have access to your school’s library collection anytime, anywhere they have access to the web.  Check it out at www.ricat.net.   Each member library can have its own web page, with links to local school pages as well as Internet resources and online subscriptions.

System hardware and software maintenance, backups, and training are all provided by RILINK.  Software upgrades are all done at the central site and are available immediately to all users. 

Access to administrative functions is provided by password.  Each library can set up its own protocols, and change them at any time, as needed.  It’s all done through the web.  When adding books and other items to the catalog, librarians have access to millions of catalog records, which are downloaded directly into the system when selected.  Six million of these source records are provided by Follett, and include content annotations, as well as interest and reading levels for each item.  If an item is not already in the RICAT database, or can’t be found at Follett, library staff can also bring in records from a number of other authoritative sources, including the Library of Congress and the National Library of Canada.  This means that new books can be available to students and teachers almost immediately, with full subject access to each title.

What does it cost?

The initial software license, including all of the first year costs for Destiny is $2,500 for libraries subscribing to Destiny/RICAT through RILINK. 

After the first year, annual costs for Destiny/RICAT are approximately $700 per site, per year.

In addition to the costs for Destiny itself, annual dues of $1.50 per student cover costs for on-site training and maintenance of the system as well as for access to online interlibrary loan for students and teachers; group subscriptions to CultureGrams, LibGuides CMS and LibWizard, and ExploringNature.org; and a shared eBook collection.