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Teachers: My school library - What's in it for me, and how do I get there online?

Guide to teacher resources available through RILINK

Here are some of the many convenient ways that you can find your school library catalog:

  1. Ask your librarian for the best way to get to the library's web site.
  2. Check for a link to the library's web site or catalog on your school or district web site.
  3. Go to destinydiscover.com Pick Rhode Island from the pop-up list in the [Location] box, and then start typing the name of your school in the [School] box, so that you can select it from the list that pops up.  Once you have chosen your school, click on Go! Once inside, you can search for books, eBooks, and other digital resources. Watch the video introduction to Destiny Discover.
  4. Go to https://ricat.net and find your school in the list, which is divided by level.  Schools with multiple levels are listed in the bottom of the right-hand column.  In each level, schools are listed in alphabetical order.  Click on the name of your school to go to the catalog
  5. Find your school library in our alphabetical RILINK Directory at http://guides.rilink.org/directory and click on the link for your library.

Log in to use Resource Lists, place Holds, and use other features. If you don't know your username and password to log into Destiny, please contact your librarian.

Find out about Collections, where you can gather your teaching resources in one place !

Search your school's resources in one easy place.  

Find Destiny Discover on the Catalog tab in the left-hand column, or get to this interface by going to destinydiscover.com. Pick Rhode Island from the pop-up list in the [Location] box, and then start typing the name of your school in the [School] box, so that you can select it from the list that pops up.  Once you have chosen your school, click on Go!  If you go back to Destiny Discover on the same computer or device in the future, you choices will be remembered, and you won't have to choose your state and school the next time. Once inside, you can search for books, eBooks, and other digital resources. Please log in to hold and check out materials, using the username and password supplied by your librarian.  The results displayed in Destiny Discover depend on your school's specific settings. Can't find your school? Ask your librarian for help.

Find Destiny Discover Apps for your mobile and Android devices in the App store.  If your Chromebook can access the Google Play store, you can also get an an app for Destiny Discover.  Search for Destiny Discover.  These Apps are free.  You can also add a Chrome extension that will add matching books and links from the library to the top of your search results when you do a Google search.  Go to the Google Chrome webstore, and search for Follett Destiny.

offers a shared web-based library automation system for Rhode Island school libraries, which we call ‚Äč.  RICAT uses Follett Destiny software and currently offers three different interfaces that you can use to search your library's catalog -  Destiny Discover, Destiny Classic, and Destiny Quest.  When a school library joins our RICAT system, all you need to use your school library media center's resources is a computer, laptop, or mobile device and an Internet connection.  Librarians, library staff, teachers, students, and parents have access to the school’s library resources anytime, anywhere they have access to the web.  Most RICAT entries include content annotations as well as interest and reading levels. The software supports searches by Lexiles and by reading level for a variety of reading programs such as Fountas and Pinnell and Accelerated Reader. Searches in RICAT can also link to digital resources, such as streaming video from Discovery Education and eBooks. Searches will find information in online subscription databases, including those available free to all Rhode Islanders through AskRI.org.  Your tax dollars at work!  

Click here for a guide to Searching in Destiny Discover.

Click here for a guide to Searching using the Destiny Classic Interface.

Click here to see a video about Searching in Destiny Quest

RILINK's collection of shared eBooks, called BookLynx, is available for all member schools to access. Students, teachers, and parents have access to titles in this collection through computers and mobile devices.  Each librarian chooses titles from BookLynx to add to the local school's collection and can add other eBooks and audio books as well.  You must be logged in to your school's catalog to open and borrow eBook and digital audio books.

Ebooks are also available through AskRI's subscription to   Find them at     or in your library's catalog.  You should not need a username and password to open these eBooks.  

What do you do if I can't get to WorldBook resources without getting asked to log in?  The state of Rhode Island’s World Book Online subscription is Geo-Authenticated.  If you are being prompted for login, it appears your ISP is "outside" of the state of Rhode Island.  If you can't get to WorldBook resources from home or school in Rhode Island, the URL below will use your browser's GPS to allow AskRI to verify that you are in the state of Rhode Island and you can authenticate your access using your Ocean State Libraries borrower's card.

http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/locate?subacct=00M7105

With a grant from the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services through the national Institute of Museum and Library Services, RILINK has added downloadable digital audio books from Mackin which have already been added to your library's catalog.  They will open once you have logged in to your library's catalog.  The Project READ digital audio books are in a Resource List in your library's Catalog tab so that you can find them easily.  Your library may have other audio book or eBook titles purchased from Mackin, which will also you can also open and borrow once you have logged in.

Your school library may also have interactive eBooks from or other sources.

Click here to find out how you can make and share your own collections.  See a video overview.

Create a Collection

Add Items to a Collection

You can convert your Resource

Lists to Collections, and

install a browser tool to

easily add links to your collection.

Upload a Document Sort Items Using Collections

Sharing Collections

Managing Account Settings

Collections in Three Easy Steps (Students) [VIDEO]

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