MCHENRY, IL – October 28, 2008 – Users of Follett’s Destiny Resource Management Solution now have the option to save time and aggravation by empowering students and teachers to manage their own usernames and passwords. That and many other options for customizing the look and feel of Destiny are part of the latest version of the award-winning system.
Among other new customization options, users are now able to choose the background, colors and images that are displayed during search sessions in Destiny Quest. Other new features include expanded flexibility in narrowing searches and the ability to track consumables like workbooks and study guides through Destiny Textbook Manager.
"The response to Destiny from K-12 districts continues to be very strong," according to Follett Software Company President Tom Schenck. "More than 28,000 Destiny schools are finding that this approach to instructional resource management is helping them do a better job serving students while freeing up staff time and budget dollars. And the more feedback we get from them, the better Destiny becomes," Schenck said.
New Functionality in Destiny Quest, Library Manager
Destiny Library Manager, and its new online searching interface, Destiny Quest, have been significantly enhanced in Version 9.0:
- Patron Empowerment: This new site-based feature gives users the option to let patrons manage their own usernames and passwords, removing a challenging and time-consuming task from librarians and system administrators.
- Custom Look and Feel: Destiny Quest can now be customized, including the background, colors and images that are displayed during a search session. Users may choose from the original "blue maze" background or select a theme geared toward elementary users or a theme designed to appeal to high school users.
- More Social Networking Features: Students can now use even more features within Destiny Quest to connect with each other as they connect with the library. Users can now recommend a book or other resource to their peers; the recommendation shows up in the recipient’s "My Info" screen.
- New Search-Narrowing Tools: Destiny Quest users can get a better handle on search results by sorting them alphabetically, by genre and sub-genre, or even by the number of pages or the star rating given by other students.
Textbook Manager Now Tracks Consumables
Destiny Textbook Manager, which allows districts to save time and money by centrally tracking and circulating their textbooks, has also seen a number of improvements:
- Track Consumables: A new option will enable users to track workbooks, study guides and other consumables with the same system they use to track textbooks. The feature allows users to track the number of copies of a consumable title, perform an on-hand count and update the count each year as part of a periodic inventory.
- Easier Set-Up: Textbook Manager now lets schools or districts get started more easily. Textbook coordinators may now track textbook copies without having to barcode them and view a summary of the number of copies without barcodes. Users can also update the number of copies without barcodes as part of the periodic inventory.
- Simplified Check-Out: District-level administrators can now set textbook loan policies centrally and have them instantly available at sites. Destiny 9.0 now includes a built-in safeguard message to prevent the checkout of textbooks to a past due date.
Asset Manager Easier to Set Up
Destiny Asset Manager, which helps districts centrally control all their education resources, is now easier than ever for district staff to set up and use:
- Easy-to-Use Templates: Destiny 9.0 now includes an intuitive, wizard-based interface that allows users to select from a number of pre-defined asset template tree structures to view, download and modify.
- Faster Asset Navigation: The latest version lets departmental asset managers view only the "branches" of their asset "trees" that are pertinent to their areas. This lets district staff quickly find the assets they’re responsible for without wading through an entire district’s inventory.
- Create Packing Slips: Asset transfers are now more efficient with Destiny Asset Manager’s option to create a packing slip when transferring assets.
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, 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 $2.5 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. www.FollettSoftware.com