MCHENRY, IL – August 12, 2008 – One out of every four U.S. public schools are now using the Destiny Resource Management Solution to manage library books, textbooks, media or instructional assets – a number that has grown dramatically in the past year, according to Follett Software Company. For instance, the number of districts using Destiny Library Manager jumped 82 percent from March 2007 to March 2008, company records show. Districts using Destiny Textbook Manager nearly doubled, growing 94 percent in the same period.
The growth in Destiny adoptions comes as districts are attempting to do a better job of getting instructional resources into the hands of students, according to Tom Schenck, President of Follett Software Company. "As districts push ahead with their school improvement plans, they’re seeing the value of making sure that students have easy, timely access to library resources, textbooks and every other instructional resource," Schenck said. "Having resources sit idle because staff and students can’t find them, or don’t even know they’re there, is no longer an option. Destiny addresses those instructional goals head-on."
Continued budget challenges are also driving the move to Destiny, Schenck believes. "Having the kind of centralized, real time command and control that Destiny provides helps districts save money on instructional assets as well as on hardware maintenance costs," he said.
Major districts that have recently adopted or significantly expanded Destiny include:
- Wake County Public School System, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, is using Destiny Library Manager in 151 of its schools.
- Charleston County (SC) School District recently signed a contract to use Destiny Library Manager in 76 schools.
- Caddo Public Schools District, based in Shreveport, LA, will use Destiny Library Manager at all 75 of its schools.
- Providence (RI) Public School District will use Destiny Textbook Manager at 45 sites.
- Springfield (MA) Public Schools have signed a contract to use Destiny Library Manager in 43 schools.
- Bay District Schools, serving the Panama City, FL, area, is using both Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager at 38 sites.
- Evansville Vanderburgh (IN) School Corporation is also adopting a combination of Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager at 36 schools.
About Destiny Resource Management Solution
Follett Software Company addresses the challenges of educational resource management with its award-winning Destiny Resource Management Solution. Destiny is a comprehensive, browserbased 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 $2.5 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.