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RILINK Summer Conference 2019

8:00-8:30  Coffee and Registration
8:30-8:45 Welcome & RILINK Updates

8:50-9:50  Session 1

High stakes testing. New ELA curriculum mandated by the state. It doesn’t matter what point we are in our careers. We need to revisit some fundamentals about growing readers. Participants will leave this session with many tools and strategies to implement from day one of the school year to build an environment of enthusiastic readers. My tried and true formula is proven: students in my school borrowed 1,000 more books than any other school library in the state of RI last year. Come find out why!

Presenter: Melanie Roy, Barrington Middle School

Explore and help us continue to develop RILINK’s Project Read - FEED YOUR MIND AND YOUR HEART, funded by an LSTA grant from OLIS that

  • provides online access to eBooks with read-aloud functionality and digital audio books for K-12 students who have limited reading skills or are reluctant readers and do not qualify for materials and services to the blind and physically handicapped
  • encourages parents, grandparents, teachers and other community members to share the reading experience
  • makes connections to books that can be read, shared and discussed by members of both groups through the use of social media, online library collections and classroom connections.

Attend this session to learn more about the exciting opportunity for all members of the community.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the RI Office of Library and Information Services using funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Presenters: Dorothy Frechette, Executive Director & Karen Shore, RILINK Staff

10:20-11:20    Session 2                                                            

This session reviews/introduces Collections by Destiny® basics.  How to create a collection, add to a collection, and create a playlist will be demonstrated. Participants are encouraged to follow along and build a collection or add to one they already have.

Presenter: James Monti, Director of Educational Reform, Compliance and Technology, West Warwick Public Schools

This  fun, interactive session will test participants’ AskRI familiarity as we introduce scenarios representing research queries that can be directed to AskRI resources and other AskRI recommended resources highlighted on the redesigned (launched Spring 2019). The session showcases select AskRI resources useful for teachers engaging students on media literacy, civics, and related issues. is the online portal for all services of the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library. This program provides quality reference resources to all residents of Rhode Island.

Presenter: Beatrice Pulliam, Operations Director of AskRI and Technology Director at Providence Public Library


Learn more about eBook access available to RILINK member libraries and Patrons. Explore the titles available through BookLynx, the shared eBook shelf. Walk through the “nuts and bolts” process of adding titles to your library’s Catalog. Discuss how using eBooks in the classroom or as free reading may impact reading scores. Share implementation/promotion techniques. Practice using the new Follett eReader. After this session, you will be prepared to promote the use of eBooks with your students.

Presenters: Dorothy Frechette, Executive Director & Karen Shore, RILINK Staff

11:25- 12:25
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. 

12:30- 1:30  Session 3   

Participants will be introduced to a variety of maker technology and maker activities. Technology examples: Makey Makey, Hyperduino, Bloxels, 3D printer, Ozobots, Micro:bit, and more. Activity examples: paper circuits/ LED projects, steam challenges, Tinkercad, games,, and more. They will then participate in a short question & answer session and have the opportunity to interact with the technology/ activities. 

Presenter: Darshell Silva, SLMS, North Kingstown School Department

Seesaw is a free digital portfolio app for teachers to collect and share student work and reflections. Teachers can develop multi-modal assignments to provide to all or specific students. Students can interact with their peers’ academic posts and work can optionally be shared with family members. Participants will be introduced to the platform, view some examples of its use, think about how to navigate the social media aspect with students and colleagues, and try out the app for themselves with guided support.  

Presenters: Jamie Greene, Librarian, Sowams School & Katie O'Kane, LIbrary Media Specialist, Primrose Hill School

Can't carve out any time to deal with those unruly Assets, especially those dysfunctional widgets? Longing to delete that Guide or Box or Page that hasn't been touched since 2014? Scared off by the warning message that appears when you go to remove a Content Type or delete a Page? Attend this session and clean out those unneeded, unwanted items from your LibGuides CMS site.

All participants must bring a laptop or chromebook for the session.

Presenter: Sharon Webster, RILINK Staff

1:35- 2:35                                                 

Still using the Classic version of Destiny Library Manager? “Discover” is Follett’s newest catalog interface aimed at engaging patrons and fostering collaboration. Learn how to customize the look of Destiny Discover to engage your users and promote your collection. Explore Open Educational Resources as well as Collections by Destiny®. Uncover how the library catalog can be used in new and different ways.