RILINK is a cooperative effort by Rhode Island school libraries to share their resources through an interactive, web-based catalog of library materials. Students and teachers at RILINK member schools can use their library catalogs to look for, and request, books or other items at member libraries. Items requested are delivered to each school through the statewide library network. Currently, over 200 school libraries working together form RILINK, sharing their books, audiovisual materials and expertise to provide better service to their 110,000 students and teachers. (RILINK serves over 70% of Rhode Island K12 students.) Through RILINK and its online web-based union catalog, these students and teachers have access to more than two million books and audiovisual items and more than 100,000 subject-based web links that are K-12 appropriate, chosen for their relevance to curriculum subjects. Through the statewide library network, they also have access to the books and other materials in Rhode Island public and academic libraries. If what is needed can’t be found in Rhode Island, the statewide library network will forward their requests throughout the entire library world, through an online international catalog and interlibrary loan system called OCLC. This means that...
Literally the entire world is open to students and teachers at RILINK schools, even to those students who cannot get to their local public libraries and must rely on whatever they can get through their school library.
RICAT, a complete, web-based library automation solution, uses Follett’s “Destiny” Library Manager software. No local library software or servers are required; the library needs only PC or MAC computers with standard browsers and a good connection to the web.
Through RICAT, the library’s catalog is available in the library, in classrooms, and at home – wherever there is a connection to the World Wide Web.
- a total of 207 members in 34 school districts as of September 2023, plus the Family Literacy Center.