A Whale of a Tale - RILINK saved the day for me when a teacher suddenly wanted to do a Moby Dick project. We had some material, but not enough for an entire class. I needed material on Melville, both biography and criticism, whales, and whaling. RILINK added to the sources beautifully, and I learned about some wonderful resources on these topics. I looked at the materials we borrowed from other RILINK libraries to decide whether or not to purchase them when I have additional funds.
RILINK can serve as a way to get books for immediate use and preview them for future use. Last year, a school nurse asked if I had any books about germs and illnesses. I used RICAT to locate books in my library. Then, I used RILINK to find many other books and order them. When the books arrived, the nurse was surprised to see how many resources we could borrow from all over the state. She perused the books, picked her favorites, and I ordered some of the best books to be added to our school library collection this year. I followed the same procedure when a physical education teacher asked me for books about sportsmanship.
Finding the Night - For Reading Week, one class read the book Night by Elie Wiesel. I used RILINK to gather the additional copies that we needed. We needed more copies than we had in our class set, as the class was larger than the year before.
Bees and math - We use the Interactive Math Program at this school. The students research, write, and do calculations for math-related projects. The project on bees, their flight patterns and their communication “dances” sent us to RILINK for more information.
World History Project - This past fall, the World History teacher came to speak with me about a project she wanted to do with her two 10th grade classes (about 45-50 students). She told me the area of the project - Great Religions - and she wanted each student to read a biography of one of the 6 great religious leaders: Jesus, Moses, Confucius, Muhammad, Buddha, or Dalai Lama. Well, I have biographies on all of them here in this library but not enough for 50 students each to have one. RILINK saved the day. We sent requests to many, many schools to find biographies for every student. Then the RILINK librarians were kind enough to let us keep the books for a longer period of time than normal, because this was a term project. After they did the project on the people, they studied the details of the religion associated with each individual.