New in Destiny 17.0
Library Manager (now being rebranded as "Destiny Back Office")
Students and staff can rate a title, add a written review or upload digital content to the review section of a book title.
Book Reviews provide a way to share details and opinions about a book. Once created, any patron will see the rating and book review from the title details page.
The digital content can be a streaming video, an audio file or a slideshow. Once uploaded, the digital content is stored on the Destiny server and a link appears in the Reviews tab of Title Details. Please refer to About Digital Resources for more information.
One "off-menu" service that we offer to our Library Automation Co-Ser members is to set up a bookroom for a school's reading department within Destiny. Once it's established, we'll also train the reading teacher or aide to maintain the records, add new titles, etc. The records of the library and bookroom are kept completely separate, and students searching Destiny in the library will never see bookroom materials.
Because this is not a primary function of the Library Automation Team, we can't guarantee the speediness of the conversion but will work on the project as time allows.
To get a better idea of what goes into creating and maintaining a bookroom, please see the documents below.
When adding and updating title records, it is important to remember that title records are shared across the school district. Updates made to title records will affect each school in your district. Copy information is specific to each library within the district.
Adding to the Catalog
Maintaining the Catalog
MARC Record Sources
If you've looked for a record in Alliance Plus but can't find one, here are some other places you can check:
Check out by Barcode Number or Student Name (default)
Check out by Homeroom
Change the Default Due Date
|Checking in Library Resources|
Circulation Desk Barcodes
|Printing Barcodes by Homeroom|
Follett Remote (Offline Circulation)
An updated and improved version of Resource Lists, Collections lets you curate print and online resources and share them with others.
A Collection can be many different things (the following links open up in pop-up windows):
Before librarians and staff leave for the summer, there are a few library automation tasks to complete:
You can set up the library calendar for the next school year. Instructions and a tutorial are located on the Back to School Checklist.
Before you genrefy ...
1. Create a genre list with your students in mind (see sample genre list below for ideas). For example, consider Relationships rather than Romance because the latter may keep some readers away. You may want to run your ideas by colleagues within your district to make sure you're using the same terminology whenever possible.
Some questions that librarians may ask themselves during the process:
2. Consider your curriculum. Are there some genre or theme projects that teachers come in for? If so, make them a unique section.
3. Decide how you want your books and catalog records to look. You can choose to do any or all of the following options, but you should choose at least 1 way to mark the physical book and allow browsers and shelvers to know the genre and at least 1 way to mark the catalog records:
As you create your plan, remember that information will only be changed in the Destiny copy records--not the title records. You don't have to worry about making genre decisions that are different from your colleagues in the district who share the same MARC records.
4. Marshall all of your resources (carts, tables, colleagues, volunteers) and begin to physically divide your collection. It's a good idea to measure the running shelf length of each genre so you can estimate how many shelves you'll need to set aside--and don't forget leaving a little extra for display space and room to grow the collection.
5. Scan each genre's barcodes into separate Copy Categories.
6. You may want to go back and forth between steps 4 and 5 to refine your lists. It sometimes takes a second look to make a final genre determination.
7. Contact the SLS and have them use the copy categories to change call numbers and/or sublocations.
8. Create signage to direct readers to their favorite genres.
Handling Those Hard-to-Place Titles
Some titles seem to defy simple categorization. You will have to bite the bullet and choose one location, but there are additional steps you can take if you really want to capture all of a book's content:
Next Steps: Nonfiction?
You can purchase barcode scanners (wired or bluetooth) and keypads through Monroe 2 BOCES SLS. Contact us for current pricing and ordering instructions.
Scanner programming help
There are two methods you can use to inventory a section of your collection:
Inventory should be a regular activity of managing a library collection, but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. You can divide the collection up into manageable portions and do only one area at a time (Fiction A-F or the 300s). Also, multiple inventories can be done concurrently. You can certainly do a 'complete' inventory of the entire collection if preferred.
Barcode scanners (wired and wireless) are available to borrow for inventory. Contact the Library Automation Team for more information.
Add, edit or delete patrons
|Merge Duplicate Patrons|
|Merge Duplicate Patrons|
Reports & Statistics
|If you need:||Go to:|
by patron, grade or homeroom
|Today's checkouts||Circulation tab
Library Information > Statistics > View Today's Checkouts > Go
|Today's checkins||Circulation tab
Library Information > Statistics > View Today's Checkins > Go
for a specific time frame
|Analysis of collection by call number||Reports tab
Library Reports > Statistics > Collection Statistics - Summary > (choose tab)
|WebPath Express||Reports tab
Library Reports > Statistics > WebPath Express Statistics
by grade, homeroom, patron type
Patron Reports > Statistics > Patron Statistics - Summary
|Collection statistics (number of titles and copies)||
Overdue reports and notices
Destiny Discover Search Widget
After logging into Discover as an administrator, click the hamburger menu and select Widgets. There you'll see that four different size widgets are offered in a few different colors. Click the blue Customize and Get Code button next to your preferred widget and paste the resulting code into your website editor.
Transfer & circulate resources
Trainings & Workshops
Professional development sessions on any of the following topics can be offered one-on-one, in small groups, or at faculty meetings.