July 20, 2006 - MCHENRY, IL. District adoptions of Follett Software Company's Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager in the 05-06 school year jumped 300 percent over the previous year, the company has announced. The two modules are part of Follett's Destiny Resource Management Solution.
Destiny Library Manager is now used in nearly 8,000 schools nationwide. Introduced in 2003, the product lets districts easily and quickly centralize library functions. Destiny Textbook Manager, introduced a year later, is now in use in almost 2,500 schools. It uses a browser-based system and barcode technology to let districts centralize textbook management, reducing loss and damage.
"The continued dramatic rise in Destiny adoptions shows that districts are under increased pressure to streamline their operations," according to Follett Software Company president Tom Schenck. "More and more, they are coming to realize that a centralized Educational Resource Management approach is the way to go. It not only helps maximize the district's budget, it also improves educational outcomes by making sure students get the materials they need, when they need them."
Large District Adoptions
The jump in Destiny sales was helped by its recent adoption by a number of major districts:
- Duval County Board of Education (Jacksonville, FL) adopted both Destiny Library Manager and Textbook Manager, which will be used at 158 schools.
- District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, DC) adopted Destiny Textbook Manager for use at 148 schools.
- Granite School District (Salt Lake County, UT) is now using Destiny Library Manager at 89 schools.
- Oakland Unified School District (Oakland, CA) will use Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager at 109 schools.
- Oklahoma City Schools (Oklahoma City, OK) has adopted Destiny Library Manager at 80 schools.
- Muscogee County School District (Columbus, GA) has adopted Destiny Textbook Manager for use at 56 sites.
"Centers for Information Literacy"
The Oakland Unified School District chose Destiny as part of a plan to transform its libraries into "Centers for Information Literacy." The district felt that using a web-based system for library and textbook management is an important part of that process, according to Oswaldo Galarza, the district's Information Technology Officer.
Before adopting Destiny, many schools in the district had no automated library management at all, and textbooks were mostly managed with various home-grown systems. "OUSD needed a library and textbook management system that was easy to use, easy to train on, easy to support, and easy to integrate with our Student Information System. OUSD pursued a completely web-based system that would manage both library and textbook materials through the same interface and did not require client software on each workstation," Galarza said.
"Tracking textbook and library assets for ordering, inventory purposes and providing unified training or a unified textbook management process were part of the reasons that led OUSD to pursue Destiny for its library and textbook systems," according to Galarza.
About Destiny Resource Management Solution
Destiny Resource Management Solution is an integrated suite of browser-based applications that help centralize and streamline the management of key instructional resources and assets, allowing K-12 districts to reallocate staff and financial resources to student learning.
- Destiny Library Manager: Lets K-12 districts offer complete library management services to all schools from a single installation via any supported web browser. Plus, it offers tools to help connect the library and the classroom.
- Destiny Textbook Manager: An award-winning, easy-to-use system that gives districts and schools total control of their textbook inventory. It also increases accessibility and accountability.
- Destiny Media Manager: Designed to help districts make sure that students get the learning resources they need, Destiny Media Manager is one of the first browser-based solutions that allows teachers to search for, reserve and track all sorts of instructional media, including software, videos, activity kits, manipulatives and more.
- Destiny Asset Manager: The most recent addition to the Destiny suite provides browser-based tracking and management of all of a district's fixed and portable assets. The system optimizes access, availability and use of assets, and improves asset accountability throughout the district. Destiny Asset Manager helps districts improve their control of vital assets such as laptops, PDAs, AV equipment, band instruments, grounds maintenance equipment and more.
- Flexible Implementation: Any Destiny component can be implemented either as a stand-alone product, or in conjunction with other Destiny modules. Or districts may install all modules, for a comprehensive solution that provides total strategic control over resources.
About Follett Software Company
As the market leader in education for more than 20 years, Follett Software Company produces the Destiny Resource Management Solution, the industry's best-in-class Educational Resource Management system. Those who have adopted the Destiny Resource Management Solution—more than 8,000 schools and 600 districts—have already seen some dramatic benefits in centrally managing their library materials, textbooks, instructional media, and fixed and portable assets.
More than 38,000 customers in almost half the nation's school districts have chosen Follett Software. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, whose mission is to be the leading provider of educational solutions, services and products that empower schools, libraries, colleges, students and life-long learners.