RILINK offers a shared web-based library automation system for Rhode Island school libraries, which we call RICAT. RICAT uses Follett Destiny software. 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!
Log In to use Resource Lists, place Holds, and use other features. Your username and password are the same thing - tiv[employeenumber]
Your employee number is also your barcode.
Make a Resource List to collect and share books, web sites, and other resources. Use Resource Lists in lesson planning and assignments for your class.
OK, so now you have an empty Resource List. Here's how to add Books to the list:
What about all those fabulous electronic resources? In much the same way, you can find and add them to your resource list. Here's How:
Students and other teachers can find your Resource Lists that you have made public in the Catalog tab on your school's Destiny site by clicking on Resource Lists in the left-hand column.
You can also make a direct link to your Resource List. Here's how to do it:
To place a hold on a book, you must be logged in. First look for the book in your own school library's collection, by choosing Library Search in the left-hand column of the Catalog tab, entering the title in the Find box and then clicking on the icon for at Title Search. If no copies are available, then you can place a Hold on the title.
If there are no copies available in your school library's collection, use the drop-down list called Location on the Library Search page in the Catalog tab to choose [RICAT (all members], and Search for your title again. When you have chosen the title you need, click on Hold to place an interlibrary loan request for the title. If your school is not participating in interlibrary loan, you will not have this option available.
To check out an eBook, you must be logged in. Click on the Open button next to the eBook to Open it. For a Follett eBook, use the drop-down menu under Book to check the book out. To close the eBook, use the <-Back button on the screen.
Welcome to Follett's new interface, At some point, Destiny Discover will include all of the features of the Classic Destiny interface, including the ability to create Resource Lists. Right now, the Destiny Discover interface includes two new features that you may want to use in creating your own curriculum and student resources.
The first is the ability to create a link to a specific title in your library media center's collection. To use this feature, Go to your library's Catalog tab, and click on Destiny Discover in the left-hand column. In Destiny Discover, type in the Search box the title or subjects to which you want to make link(s). In the resulting display, click on a title to display it and look for the symbol. Click on it, and you will have a link you can add to any document or web page.The second feature, located directly under Share, is Cite, the ability to create a Citation in your chosen format. Click on Cite, choose your format, and Copy or Export to EasyBib.
also gives you the ability to Search for materials using Curriculum tags. You must be logged in to use this feature. Select Tags from the bottom of the drop-down list to the left of the Search bar. The type in your topic or approach, such as "Real World Math" and click on the magnifying glass to the right of the Search box. Click on a title from the resulting list to see the full entry for the item.
also lets you search for Open Educational Resources (OER): Follett is partnering with the U.S. through their #GoOpen initiative to support access to Learning Registry open education resources (OER). You can access resources from the Learning Registry within Destiny, ensuring broader usage among educators and students. Rhode Island is a #GoOpen state. This initiative is just in its beginning stages. You must be logged in to use this feature. After you conduct a Search, a results tab for matching resources from OER is displayed.
Click on Open Educational Resources to see the results that match your search.
To search a wide variety of Standards, go to the East Bay Educational Collaborative site on RICAT. You do not need to log in. Click on the Catalog tab, then choose Standards Search in the left-hand column. Here's how to use this feature:
What to do if you don't get enough search results:
Since Standards Search returns only standards that contain all of the words you typed in, widening your search can be as simple as deleting some of those words. For example, enter proportions instead of numbers ratios proportions. Also, try using a more general term. For example, use literary technique rather than allusion. Or, if astronomy produces no results, try entering solar system, universe, or even space.
What to do if you get too many search results:
Since Standards Search returns standards that contain all of the words in your query, narrowing your search may be as simple as adding more words. You can also use the Boolean NOT operator (in capital letters) to exclude subjects you do not want. For example, politics NOT historical results in a smaller list than would politics alone.
Try enclosing a phrase in quotation marks. For example, entering "whole numbers, fractions, and decimals" returns only standards containing that exact phrase.
Be as specific as you can. Use ecosystem rather than geography.
Enclose a phrase in quotation marks. Without quotation marks, Standards Search performs a Boolean AND search on the words entered. For example, "whole numbers, fractions, and decimals" returns only standards containing that exact phrase.
You can create a search phrase from several distinct words or terms with Boolean operators between them. Because Standards Search performs a Boolean AND search by default, you do not need to add AND between search words. For example, searching for either force motion or force AND motion returns the same results.
Adding the OR operator, however, can widen your search because any word in your search term can satisfy the search query. For example, searching for force OR motion returns standards that contain either the word force or the wordmotion.
Adding the NOT operator limits your search to a specific area of focus. For example, searching for force NOT motion returns all standards that contain the word force except those that also contain the word motion.
You must be logged in to use both of these features:
You have the option to add your library's wish list after an unsuccessful search for a title in the catalog.
If your library has a subscription to WebPath Express, you can also suggest web sites to be added to this service.
You can find and then recommend a title to one of your students. You must be logged in to use this feature.
When you are logged in, click on the MyInfo tab to see what items you have checked out and when they are due. You can also open eBooks that you have checked out, and check on any Holds that you have placed.