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RILINK Summer Conference 2018

7:45-8:15  Coffee and Registration
8:15-8:45 Welcome & RILINK Updates
8:45-9:45 Opening Session

Kristen Mitchell, Jane Vincelette, and Jim Monti from West Warwick Public Schools will present the opening session.


Participants will be introduced to the newest addition to Destiny Discover, Collections by Destiny®.  This collaborative tool allows librarians, teachers, administrators, and students to curate content easily.  While Resource Lists were limited to items accessed through the library catalog, Collections goes beyond. Resources can be added from anywhere, including subscription databases, Open Educational Resources, or anything found on the Internet. A Collection can include books, documents, webpages, videos, and images.  It is like a digital scrapbook and allows users to have all their resources in one convenient place. A Collection is easy to create, use, and share. Participants will have the opportunity to create their first Collection during the session!


Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop/Chromebook in order to benefit fully from this session and others during the day.

9:50-10:50  Session 1

Learn how to set the stage for an effective research project, focus on finding credible sources for information, discuss the importance of copyright and plagiarism, and help your students effectively share their results. The session will feature PebbleGo™ & Buncee.

Have a vision for a makerspace in your library? Use your vision and your library media specialist’s resourcefulness to create a makerspace for your students with little or no budget. Learn how to provide students with an innovative learning environment by re-purposing space and resources and sharing your vision with administrators, teachers, and parents.


Bring Rhode Island history into your classroom or library! The Secretary of State’s office has created online collections of primary source documents related to Rhode Island’s rich and diverse history.  Students can learn from 18th century accounts of historic events by reading the original manuscript or a transcription. These documents make history come alive and are a great way to incorporate primary sources into your classroom work.  Civics resources, including infographics about government and elections, are also available to help your students understand how state and local governments work and affect their daily lives.

For a sneak peak, visit

Discover what is new with Titlewave® including new features and best practices for efficient collection development. This session will also cover the new Sets/Series functionality, Titlewise Analysis integrating Titlewave into Destiny, TitleCheck, Lightbox, and Titlewish.

This demonstration is for both new and experienced media specialists who want to learn about the most advanced features available. Please bring your questions.


Break & Vendor Displays:  Enjoy some refreshments provided in Academy Room.  Please visit with our vendors.

11:25-12:25    Session 2                                                            

Blended learning, station rotation, hyperdocs- we all hear the buzzwords but how does they fit into the library, especially when you are on a strict schedule? How can you maximize individualized student learning while still allowing for circulation? Come see how Hyperdocs can integrate technology, books and teacher-directed learning with nothing more than a regular laptop.

Enjoy an overview of fun, educational activities and creative exercises that integrate various AskRI resources you can use with your students. Activities for all grade levels will be shared!

Explore tools and techniques Library Media Specialists can use in the library for student presentations. Three free tools, ThingLink, Animoto, and Spark Video that work on all devices will be explored deeply. The American Association of School Librarians standards challenge librarians to engage students in the creating and sharing of knowledge products and to foster collaboration among students as they work toward a common goal. The presenter will share the methods she uses for group work and the process that has worked for her at the elementary level. Attendees will leave with print step-by-step instructions, screencast instructions, and hands on experience.


In order to participate fully, attendees should bring their own device.

Learn about the T-Mobile HotSpot Loan Program and its benefits for your students.

12:30- 1:30
Lunch: a catered lunch of wraps, salads, drinks, and desserts may be purchased.  See the information on the conference home page for details on how to order and send payment. Enjoy visiting with our vendors.

1:35- 2:35  Session 3   

World Book combines cutting-edge technology with traditional editorial excellence to produce authoritative, trustworthy, and unbiased content.  The digital content is updated in real time and carefully curated for each learning level.  Accessible 24/7, the content is available on a variety of devices.  World Book Online combines 21st century instructional techniques with timely information.

By breaking down complex topics and using easily understandable text, World Book Online helps to build fluency and increase comprehension.

Experience a guided tour of the new Teacher Resources pages on the Secretary of State’s website. Designed to support instruction of Rhode Island history and government, the pages include downloadable infographics that will help your students understand how state and local governments work and affect their daily lives.  The site also features an interactive digital timeline and high-resolution images of primary source documents dating back to the 1600s. Your students will love the zoom feature that allows close inspection of these amazing pieces of history, and you will love the transcriptions that are also included on the site.

For a sneak peak, visit

Learn about the new AASL Standards through videos, games, and discussion.  An overview of the standards book and app will be covered as well.

Explore the LibWizard suite of tools: Forms, Surveys, Quizzes, and Tutorials/Assessments.  Because so many members use Google products, special emphasis will be placed on the Tutorials/Assessments tool.  Learn how these tools can be used to enhance your LibGuides site. Don't use LibGuides for your library?  See how LibWizard tools can be used with any web-based platform.

2:40- 3:00    RILINK Wrapup - Announcements, Raffles, & more...                                                           

PLEASE NOTE: A print copy is provided in the conference folder.