MCHENRY, IL – June 30, 2008 – A new online searching interface for the digitally native student is being unveiled at NECC 08. Destiny Quest, a new feature within the widely used
Destiny Library Manager solution, combines a visually engaging interface, broad-based integrated searching power and social networking components to create the new library for the 21st century learner. The product is being announced by Follett Software Company.
Destiny Quest connects the teacher and student with resources to support curriculum and encourage development of research tools they’ll need for today’s new information environment. The new interface fosters greater collaboration among students, teachers, media specialists and parents.
Destiny Quest strengthens the library-classroom connection and helps improve information literacy by providing technology tools to effectively search, manage, organize and interpret vast amount of information from the district’s collection and across the Internet.
Best of all, Destiny Quest is now included in Destiny Library Manager 8.5; there’s nothing additional to buy.
"Today’s students don’t remember a time without computers and the Internet," said Follett Software President Tom Schenck. "They view the information universe in an entirely different way – without the boundaries and physical restraints some of us adults are used to. They expect to find what they’re looking for whenever they want it, whatever and wherever it is. And they want to collaborate, to communicate and to have fun doing it. We’ve designed Destiny Quest to be a place where digital natives will feel at home," Schenck said.
"They Loved It"
Linda Goodballet, Instructional Media Center Coordinator for Vista Unified School District in Oceanside, Calif., previewed Destiny Quest with several students in her district, and was impressed with the results. "They loved it," Goodballet said. "I think Destiny Quest really captures the look and feel that students expect from the programs they use now. It really engaged their interest, and they were more prone to use Destiny Quest a little bit longer and move around it a little bit easier because it’s more intuitive and user friendly," she said.
Goodballet especially liked the ability to access digital content directly through the Destiny Quest interface, and the ability for students to "virtually" browse the actual library shelves. "That’s really a great feature, because it’s a more visual connection to the actual library bookshelf," Goodballet said. "I think that transfer of information is really going to build in the student’s mind, and encourage them to actually look around a bit when they get to the shelves, which is something we’re always trying to teach them to do."
Engaging Interface, Collaboration Tools
Destiny Quest offers new features today’s digitally native students expect in an online interface:
- Engaging, visually rich interface: Destiny Quest features a new, graphically engaging interface that offers many of the same visual cues they’re used to from popular Internet sites. Cover images of books available through TitlePeek are featured in more locations, and there’s more dynamic, click-and-drag action than in a more traditional search interface.
- Students rate, review, share opinions on books: Destiny Quest lets students give star ratings to books, and they can write expanded, moderated reviews on books they’ve read. Students can read the reviews of others, creating an engaging social networking environment.
- New "My Info" Space: Students can bookmark and store information sources they like in a personalized space for immediate, easy retrieval wherever they use Destiny.
- Virtual Shelf Browsing: Destiny Quest features a Carousel View that lets students browse the actual library shelves online, seeing books on either side of the book they’ve found in a search. The feature makes it easier to find related titles that are available in the school library.
- Multiple Library, Internet Results Integrated in One Easy Search: Students and teachers can search every library in the district, plus with Enriched Content Services, they can also search educator-approved websites and other digital content. Search results integrate all results seamlessly.
- Next-Generation Search Tools: Destiny Quest features an arsenal of search tools to help users find information faster and navigate more intuitively. Searches can be narrowed by keyword, author, publication year and other terms to produce more refined results. A "You May Also Like" feature makes active recommendations for further reading based on the student’s search history and circulation history. Destiny Quest also features a menu that drops down while the student enters a search term, providing spelling suggestions and alternate search terms based on previous searches. As students dig down into search results, they see a trail of search levels at the top of the screen, allowing them to backtrack to any level with one click of the mouse.
- Digital Content Immediately Available: When digital content, like eBooks, video or audio files, show up in search results, students can access them directly by clicking on them, without having to exit Destiny.
Destiny Quest is being released as part of Version 8.5 of the Destiny Resource Management Solution. Existing Destiny Library Manager users will be able to access Destiny Quest upon upgrading, and it will be available to all new Destiny Library Manager districts.
For more information see www.FollettSoftware.com/DestinyQuest
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.