Dorothy Frechette's professional career has covered a wide range of experiences, starting at Rhode Island State Library Services on the bookmobile, and moving on to cataloging, audiovisual, reference, children’s services, planning and development, and administration. For the last 17 years she has served as RILINK’s Executive Director, working with member schools on interlibrary loan and school library automation. After an initial post-graduate year teaching seventh and eighth grade, Dorothy continued to gain valuable teaching and professional development experience both on the job and at the Graduate School of Library and Information Services, where she developed and taught a course on public relations for libraries. Her primary joy is sharing what she knows to help meet the needs of the people with whom she works.
Dorothy has been a dabbler in her personal life as well, marrying well, raising a daughter, exploring the bodhran drum and bones, singing harmony, building and assembling crafts and costume projects, and maintaining a web site for her brother’s DJ business. Technology and the way things work have always fascinated Dorothy. Her favorite questions are why? and how?
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Retired after 51 years as an educator, Donna has been an English teacher, a guidance counselor, and a teacher-librarian in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In retirement she volunteers her time to help school librarians with whatever they need. She currently handles eResources Collection Development for RILINK.
She is a Past President of School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI), of which she has been a board member for 25 years. Donna has also served as a board member of both the Library Board of Rhode Island and the URI GSLIS Advisory Committee, and has been a trainer for the Rhode Island Teachers and Technology Initiative (RITTI). When not reading dozens of books a year as a member of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award committee or serving on the SLRI Conference Committee, Donna was a teacher-librarian at Narragansett High School where she was the mentor/supervising librarian for twenty aspiring library students from URI GSLIS. Donna was also recognized for her contributions to the profession as the Linda Aldrich winner, a Distinguished Alum winner (GSLIS), and Employee of the Year in Narragansett.
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Jackie retired after 27 years as a library media specialist for West Warwick Public Schools. Currently, she is a member services librarian for RILINK. Throughout her career she worked hard to promote collaboration with other media specialists, teachers, other librarians, and community organizations. She firmly believes this is the best way to get quality resources and information for students, families, teachers, and other stakeholders.
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Karen Shore has worked in school libraries for more than 30 years. Her jobs have been in both public and private schools and at all levels K12. Working for RILINK has provided the opportunity to visit schools all over Rhode Island .
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Sharon Webster spent 34 years in the Narragansett School System as a high school English teacher, department chairperson, literacy coach, and portfolio coordinator. After a brief stint with RINET as a consultant for the portfolio platform RIEPS, she lucked out and landed her current position with RILINK. A firm believer that the library is the heart of every school, she enjoys supporting RILINK members in the vital role they play in student success.
In her spare time Sharon enjoys reading, cooking for friends and family, and knitting.
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