Streamlined ebook experience highlights Destiny 11.5 release

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The new release of Follett’s market-leading library management system, Destiny, will provide users with several key enhancements, including an improved ebook experience and increased integration between Destiny® Library ManagerTM and Titlewave®, Follett’s collection development, curriculum support, and online ordering tool.

With the new 11.5 release, students and teachers will recognize a smoother, improved experience when searching, opening and reading ebooks. The improved Destiny Library Manager/Titlewave integration also will allow library staff to easily see suggested or recommended titles on Titlewave.

Other Destiny Library Manager 11.5 highlights include:

  • increased personal and public “Resource List” capabilities, offering increased functionality for collaboration and curation of materials;
  • a new district home page that allows larger customers to better share resources and news, and provide access to Destiny at their schools;
  • improved searching in WebPath ExpressTM with an easier way to browse topics; and
  • a link to the new Follett Community, a new professional learning community designed exclusively for educators.

The new 11.5 version also offers book cover viewing when checking books in or out to support self-service and improved accuracy, a feature that Carl Harvey, school librarian at Noblesville (Ind.) Schools, views as a positive upgrade.

“While we have loved the images in Follett’s TitlePeekTM for many years in the catalog, we are thrilled to have those images now show up in the circulation portion,” said Harvey, a past president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). “It is a great visual reminder for our students of what they have checked out. An upgrade to Destiny always brings new and exciting features!”

In addition, Destiny Asset ManagerTM will now provide a help ticketing system and new Dashboard Reports, while Destiny Textbook MangerTM will allow customers to cancel warehouse orders, run reports on open orders by title, and summarize textbook checkouts by teacher name, period and textbook user.

“The 11.5 release is another indication of how hard we’re working to keep Destiny relevant, efficient and effective in today’s rapidly changing PreK-12 environment,” said Don Rokusek, Follett’s library and information discovery technology program director. “With increased digital content and enhanced mobile features, Destiny continues to provide students and teachers with easy access to the resources they need to succeed, and to help promote student achievement.”

Nearly 60,000 schools and 7,200 districts now use Destiny Library Manager across the U.S. and Canada, giving Follett more than 50 percent market share. In the last year alone, nearly 5,700 schools have adopted Destiny, “We see that as our customers placing a lot of value on what they get out of Destiny, plus the relevance of Destiny in helping to achieve their goals,” Rokusek said.

“They want to be sure they have the latest and greatest.” For more information on Follett, visit FollettLearning.com.

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Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.