MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 6, 2011 – Follett Software Company has announced the release of Destiny 9.9 with a host of dynamic improvements that allow existing Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager customers to save time, increase efficiency and help drive student achievement.
Follett Software's web-based Destiny platform is the leading library and textbook automation product for the K-12 marketplace in North America. Destiny Library Manager is in use in more than 45,000 schools and 4,000 districts across the country, while Destiny Textbook Manager is in use in more than 13,000 schools and 1,000 districts nationwide.
"With Destiny 9.9, our customers will be able to do more with fewer resources, save time and increase efficiency," said George Gatsis, vice president of product management, marketing and development for Follett Software Company. "Most of the new features and improvements in Destiny 9.9 are the result of suggestions and feedback from users, all of which allow Destiny to evolve and continue to meet their changing needs."
From new email flexibility to site authorization for refunds, the key features in Destiny 9.9 include:
- Greater email flexibility.
Destiny now allows for greater email flexibility. Additional configuration options are now available in the Destiny Administrator to use Follett Software's SMTP server to send email notices via Gmail, YahooMail and Hotmail.
- Improved differentiation between library and textbook fines.
Fine History Reports now include Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager indicators to better differentiate library materials from textbook fines.
- Increased refund processing capability.
Sites that are authorized to process refunds and have configured SMTP servers are now able to generate multiple email refund requests for patrons who return books after the book has been identified as lost and a fine paid.
- Quicker printing of new patron barcodes.
Temporary patron lists can be easily created to use to print patron barcodes.
- Enhanced reporting on items checked out during the day.
Users are now able to easily see how many books have been checked out during the school day. The new report lists call number (Destiny Library Manager only), barcode, title, patron name and patron barcode. The list is sorted by time and starts with the first checkout of the day. The total number of items also is shown at the bottom of the report making it convenient for users to check circulation trends.
- Conveniently print Lexile, AR and RC labels.
Users that currently subscribe to Reading Program Services are now able to print their labels based on the last time they updated them on pre-approved Follett Software label stock – saving time and money.
- Quickly update textbook due dates.
Users can now easily create a global update to correct or modify the due date of their textbooks.
Existing Destiny customers with current technical support, Gatsis noted, are entitled to the 9.9 upgrade at no additional cost.
More information about Destiny 9.9 is available by visiting http://www.follettsoftware.com/destiny99 or by calling 800.323.3397.
About Follett Software Company
Follett Software Company (www.FollettSoftware.com) is the integrated educational technology solution provider that more than half of America's school districts trust to support staff and engage students in today's digitally rich learning environment. Follett's digitally powered technologies help districts more efficiently and cost-effectively manage traditional and digital educational resources, provide digital learning environment tools focusing on student achievement and make confident decisions based on quality academic data. Powerful, integrated solutions enable Follett to support today's collaborative learning community and empower 21st century learning and discovery. Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation, a $2.7 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, Ill.