A Happy Report about Destiny

Many years ago, I helped with the transition at a school from an old library catalog database to a Follett Destiny system. It wasn’t too hard in terms of the transfer of MARC records, but it was hard to set up the catalogs to be different for the three divisional libraries at the school. If I recall correctly, we had to set them up as if they were separate schools in a school district, and sharing user data between them wasn’t fun or easy to maintain.

Currently, we have two divisional libraries using Destiny, and most of these issues appear to be resolved, and we do have relatively clean data export and import routines between the student information system and Destiny. Students can log in from home, see the catalogs, see what they have checked out, reserve books, see overdues etc. We haven’t set up accounts for all parents, because we don’t have a centralized authentication for parents (yet, but we are discussing it).

An interesting and fun development in Destiny is the specialized web interface for elementary-age students. It’s very colorful and playful, and they can see the book covers of popular and recommended books, and they can create their own book lists and even post their own book reviews and recommendations to each other (which the librarians moderate before they go live).

I really like this growth of online interactivity for the younger students. Kudos to the Destiny development team.

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