MCHENRY, IL – April 16, 2008 – Students using the latest version of the Destiny Resource Management Solution from Follett Software Company now have a new source of information when deciding what book to read – the opinions of their classmates.
Destiny Library Manager Version 8.0 allows students, as well as librarians and staff, to rate each book with a five-star rating, and include a text review of the book that other users can read. The feature is designed to help get students more engaged in literature, and motivate them to write as well as read.
The new Destiny release also features a number of other significant improvements, including a Visual OPAC that users can configure to display larger text, simpler icons and book cover images.
The enhanced graphic search is designed to appeal to elementary-level students or emerging readers. In addition, the program helps students who may have misspelled a search term by showing a "Did you mean?" prompt that gives up to five alternate term suggestions based on data cataloged in the collection. The options displayed are guaranteed to return a hit.
Destiny Library Manager now provides circulation reports by homeroom and grade level, allowing media specialists to determine which patrons and classes have the highest circulation rates, and identify books with the highest circulation.
Top 10 Lists are "Awesome"
"The ability to show the top 10 readers and classrooms is awesome," said Paula Yohe, director of technology/library media center for Dillon School District Two in Dillon, S.C., one of the first districts to use Destiny 8.0. "The ability to promote top readers and top homerooms really helps to motivate students to read."
Yohe is also impressed by the student rating/review function. "That’s just so cool," she said "Letting kids see peer recommendations on books is just so meaningful to them. And for kids to be able to share their own ratings and reviews is great for their self-esteem." Yohe feels that the "Did You Mean?" helper is an important benefit, especially for younger students.
Other improvements in Destiny 8.0 include:
- Homeroom and Grade Level Circulation Report: Destiny Library Manager now provides circulation reports by homeroom and grade level, allowing media specialists to determine which patrons and classes have the highest circulation rates, and identify books with the highest circulation.
- New Server Health Reports: Destiny now gives technical administrators a snapshot of the performance of all their Destiny modules. Reports include request response times, browser reports, bandwidth reports and server uptime, among others, enabling more accurate system monitoring and troubleshooting.
- Tracking for Textbook Kit Items: Destiny Textbook Manager now includes support for managing textbook kit and component items, helping districts make sure that resource kit items like workbooks, CDs and manipulatives stay with the textbooks they support.
- Faster, Easier Global Changes: Users of any Destiny module can now make global changes to a particular category of items; they can then assign these changes to barcode labels, spine/pocket labels, transfers, updating copies individually or globally, and Report Builder Limiter functions.
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.