MCHENRY, IL – May 6, 2008 – Asheville (NC) City Schools have switched from a sitebased library management system to Destiny Library Manager from Follett Software Company. The district made the move as part of a larger effort to consolidate major applications at the district level.
"Our district has been gradually centralizing everything on a single main server," according to June McCracken, director of accountability for the Asheville City Schools. "Destiny is designed to operate from one main server, so this was one more component of that process," she said.
Destiny operates from the district server, and is available to all school libraries via the web. Teachers can also use Destiny from the classroom, and students can access it from home, using any Internet-connected computer.
"Asheville had been previously using a site-based library management application from Follett Software, but decided to upgrade to Destiny as part of the centralization process," McCracken said.
"We have been pleased with the Follett product in the past, so when it came time to centralize it was natural to upgrade to the new Destiny system," she said. "Plus we had been using our previous product for about five years, and it was time for us to get the new features."
Among those new features is a more student-friendly look and feel, according to Peggy Weaver, a media specialist at Asheville High School. "It’s a web environment, with clickable icons, and that’s an approach that students are especially accustomed to. It’s decreased the sense among our 21st century students that ‘Oh, that library is so yesterday.’ It keeps them from floundering in Googleland and keeps them focused on quality resources," Weaver said.
"We especially like the ability to see book covers as part of the search, and TitlePeek, gives kids access to the first chapter of many of the books," Weaver added. "We do try to promote leisure reading, and the features in Destiny help students select books and talk about what they’ve read."
Destiny also helps classroom teachers make better use of the library, Weaver said. "If a teacher says she or he is going to be doing Greek Mythology we can create online resource lists. Kids have access from any computer and go to their teacher’s resource list, which gives them online resources and library books they can reserve. We can build entire curriculum units online within Destiny," she said.
About Destiny Resource Management Solution
Destiny Library Manager is part of the award-winning Destiny Resource Management Solution, an integrated suite of browser-based applications that streamlines the control of instructional assets, allowing K-12 districts to devote more time and resources to student learning. The solution includes Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Textbook Manager, Destiny Media Manager and Destiny Asset Manager. Districts can choose to deploy the system in its entirety or select those modules that address top resource and information management priorities.
Follett Software Company is the partner that over half of America's school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources and school assets to information for data-driven decision-making. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use information and resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every student.
Follett Software is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation – a $2.37 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Illinois.