MCHENRY, IL – January 29, 2008 – For one large school district in Georgia, improving library service has meant eliminating library servers. For the Douglas County School System, based in Douglasville, GA, adopting Destiny Library Manager from Follett Software Company has been part of a move to save money and time on district network maintenance. Douglas County Schools began using the centralized web-based library management system in its 30 schools at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.
"We were previously maintaining servers at 30 different locations in the district," said Todd Hindmon, Director of Technology for Douglas County Schools. "We’ve had an active program of consolidating servers at the district office, and Destiny will help with that," Hindmon said.
With the district’s previous site-based library management system, the simple act of installing updates would be a big drain on district technology staff, Hindmon explained. "We would have probably had four or five people out doing upgrades, and each one would take 30 minutes to an hour per server," Hindmon said. "When you added it all up, it came to about 30 hours of staff time every time we did an update."
Under Destiny, however, the catalogs of all district libraries are maintained on a single server, and are accessed at the schools via the web. "Having Destiny right in the district data center where the engineers are allows us to give better support to schools, and we’re not having to spend 30 to 45 minutes driving out to fix problems."
Hindmon said that once staff and students in schools are comfortable using Destiny, the district will make it available for its 25,000 students, as well as parents and staff, to log in from home or anywhere they have web access. In the meantime, media specialists are responding positively to the new system, Hindmon said. "Media specialists are now able to look at each other’s media centers and see how they have things set up, and they’ve found that really helpful. One media specialist is using Destiny to mentor a new colleague at a different school, something that wouldn’t have been possible before," Hindmon said.
About Destiny Resource Management Solution
Follett Software Company addresses the challenges of education resource management with its award-winning Destiny Resource Management Solution. Destiny is a comprehensive, browser-based system that gives districts and schools the power to manage resources centrally. 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 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.