MCHENRY, IL – February 6, 2008 – Norfolk Public Schools has centralized the management of its 55 library sites using Destiny Library Manager from Follett Software Company. The 36,000-student district started using the web-based library management system when Virginia schools opened in September.
Destiny allows the district to maintain catalogs for all its K-12 libraries, plus several auxiliary sites, from the district office. The information can be accessed via the web, allowing all users to search for books across the entire district.
According to Elaine Marrion, senior coordinator of the district’s Office of Media Services, Norfolk first considered centralizing library management as a way of freeing staff of the burden of maintaining older site-based systems. "It’s a very easy and streamlined way to go," Marrion said.
"With a centralized system our network engineers don’t have to spend so much time with all these different local systems. And not having to deal with site maintenance means our library media specialists can use their time for instruction rather than for clerical and technical tasks."
Marrion said the use of Destiny sharply reduces the amount of time library media specialists spend maintaining their records. "Student and faculty data is automatically added. New titles are automatically added and updated. This gives the person at the school level so much more time to do the things they do best, which is to work with our students and teachers," she said.
The district installed the system over the summer and trained library staff on it just before school started. So far things have gone "amazingly smoothly," Marrion said.
"We’ve just started using it, but I know the library media staff likes it a lot," she said. "They’ve been visiting each other’s Destiny sites to see what materials are there and how each school has customized its site."
Norfolk also chose to enhance its Destiny implementation with TitlePeek, a subscription service that lets students preview books online. "We’ve implemented TitlePeek, and we love it," Marrion said. "It gives a more professional look to the catalog, and it’s very enticing to see book covers and all the enhanced information you get through TitlePeek."
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 books to laptops, textbooks to trombones, computers to curriculum kits and digital cameras to data. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every Norfolk Public student. Efficient management of these resources provides the information needed to support data-driven decision-making.
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.