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Follett Destiny 11.0 Features Full RDA Compatibility And Graphical Dashboard April 19, 2013

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Destiny logoFollett is excited to announce the latest release to Destiny, 11.0. These new enhancements empower you to make better informed decisions on real-time data and create a digital learning environment with access to Follett eBooks. Destiny brings further support for digital resources by complying with new RDA cataloging standards.

Since April 1, 2013, simultaneous with the Library of Congress’ changeover to RDA,   Follett has cataloged in the new RDA format, supplying both modified AACR2 and RDA records to customers. New features in version 11 of Follett Destiny ensure that new data from RDA-compliant sources like the Library of Congress can be accomodated by the new system.

A new feature that librarians will love is the dashboard that allows them to view up-to-date data on library circulation, overdue notices, and titles on hold – from one convenient location.  “The new dashboard is designed to help librarians and media specialists more easily communicate key usage metrics to administrators and advocate for the importance of their school libraries,” said Don Rokusek, Follett’s Destiny program director.

Follett e-books are now seamlessly integrated with Destiny, while the mobile apps have been upgraded based on initial customer enhancement requests.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire now supports Destiny Quest, allowing access to both Follett and Amazon.com resources from a single device.

And lastly, the IT personnel will be pleased to learn that the latest Destiny supports Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10.

To take advantage of Destiny 11.0, contact our customer service (service@aklatan.net) for current customers, or our sales department at sales@aklatan.net for new or prospective customers.

EISI Presents LexiComp at Medical Librarians’ Congress February 7, 2013

Posted by jhezmer2012 in Databases, Drug Information, Mobile Apps, Trainings & Events.
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Learn about LexiComp Drug Information at the MAHLAP 25th National Congress, Hotel Elizabeth, Cebu City, this March 1 2013

Lexi Comp Drug InformationAre you looking  for  a complete drug information solution for your institution?  Are you tired of internet searching with its information overload and possibly inaccurate data?

Come and experience the most comprehensive source of  drug monographs and clinical content for healthcare professionals. Feel the satisfaction when you look for drug content and clinical facts using our LexiComp Online drug database. LexiComp features an interactive drug interaction analysis tool,  intravenous fluid compatibility guide, printable patient education leaflets, calculations and complete drug reference with images for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical librarians and other health workers.

Lexicomp  is an unbiased source of drug information, free from influence by pharmaceutical companies and is updated in real time

Electronic Information Solutions, Inc. (EISI) invites you to attend our LexiComp Online presentation at The Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP) Congress on March 1, 2013, 9:00- 12:00 am at the Hotel Elizabeth, Cebu City.

Attend our presentation and avail of FREE Lexicomp ONLINE access for 45 days!

See you there!

The Follett Destiny Mobile app Brings Circulation to the Palms of your Hands December 10, 2012

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Follett’s new mobile app will free you from the desk to perform circulation anywhere you need to in your school.  

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The Follett Destiny mobile app is a new powerful tool designed specifically for school based staff. No longer will you be tied to your desk or office – with the Follett Destiny mobile app you are provided with quick, easy access to perform circulation functions– right from your mobile device. Available for Destiny customers of Library Manager, Asset Manager, and Textbook Manager.  The Follett Destiny mobile app gives access to circulation functions such as:

  • Check in and Check out of resources
  • View of patron account summary
  • Monitor copy or item status
  • Enter or scan barcodes and patron barcodes

Please note:  **Scanning utilizes the device auto-focus camera and is only supported in iPhone models (3GS/4/4S) and iPad3.  Scanning is not supported on Android devices or other Apple devices.

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Getting started with the Follett Destiny mobile app

Your Destiny system must be upgraded to v10.5

Connected to Internet access via 3G/4G network or WiFi

Compatible with Apple IPhone and IPad with iOS 4.2 or later.  Scanning feature only available on Apple iOS 3.0 or later,

Compatible with Android smartphones and tablets 2.1-2.3.7

(Text from Follett Software Company http://www.follettsoftware.com)

Free Download

Android devices – download from Google Play HERE.

Apple devices – download from iTunes App Store HERE.

First Library Automation Boot Camp Trains Librarians On New Technologies November 8, 2012

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It was our first three-in-one event, with five days of continuous training so that users of Follett Library automation software can take their libraries to new heights with new knowledge and skills.  The 1st Library Automation Boot Camp was held at the Cebu Normal University (CNU) Library last Sept 3 to 7, 2012, graciously hosted by CNU librarian Aida de la Cerna and staff.  The three parts of the event were:

  • Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course, a free workshop for users of Follett Circulation Plus and Catalog Plus library automation software. Thirty-seven (37) participants from as far north as Benguet and south as Surigao, attended this training geared to enhance the capabilities of participants in this Windows-based software.
  • Library Automation Next, a free seminar open to all interested librarians, IT and education professionals, that introduced new technologies and services that will be the next trend in Philippine library automation.  It was attended by 84 library professionals who witnessed the   application of mobile, social media, web, e-books, RDA, and other emerging standards in state-of-the-art library systems.
  • Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course.  This is the first ever comprehensive course for our growing number for Follett Destiny Library Manager users. Fifteen (15) librarians benefitted from three days of intensive exercises to maximize the use of their Destiny software, which is a totally  web-based  and can be used in single or multiple libraries/consortia.

Throughout the boot camp, campers were drilled on the basics of library automation as well as advanced features that will be found in new and upgraded systems.  These include web-enabled systems that can be accessed anywhere from any device,  federated search or the ability to search multiple resources at the same time, mobile applications for libraries that make use of smart phones and tablets, social OPACs that mimic Facebook, cataloging support for new standards like RDA and ISBN-13,  consortium or sharing of resourches including union catalogs, integration of e-book and other digital content, and many more.   There was also  a demonstration booth for those who would like to try out what were being discussed.

Dr. Angel Pesirla

Dr. Angel Pesirla, Presidential Assistant for Training, Cebu Normal University, welcomed the participants of the Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course

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Follett Cir/Cat Refresher Course participants lighten up to break from the rigorous boot camp training.

Follet Cir/Cat Refresher Course, Cebu Normal University, Sept 3-4 2012

Successful Cir/Cat Refresher Course participant is all smiles after receiving her certificate.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

Eighty-four (84) Library Automation Next participants came, eager to learn new technologies they can use to serve their patrons better and improve productivity.

Library Automation Next, Cebu City, Sept 4, 2012

Mr. Axel Cabarles, EISI Product Manager for Follett, discusses the latest Follett Destiny features including mobile apps, at the Library Automation Next event at CNU.

Library Automation Next, Cebu City, Sept 4, 2012

An attentive audience at the Library Automation Next event.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, 2012

EISI Technical Support Officer Pedro Tabinas discusses the technical aspects of Follett Destiny. He was also the trainor for the Cir/Cat refresher course.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, 2012

EISI Sales Director Chin Castro points out that “Next is NOW” as the technologies shown at the Library Automation Next event are all available for Follett customers. Behind her are Product Manager Axel Cabarles and Tech Support Officer Pedro Tabinas.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

Some lucky LAN attendees received rewards for their participation. This lucky librarian from Colegio de la Inmaculada Conception (Cebu) went home with a 7-inch tablet with the latest Android 4 operating system and apps from Follett.

Library Automation Next, Cebu, Sept 4 2012

In true Boot Camp fashion, we came with military outfit and a tent!

Bebiana Isok

Dr. Bebiana Isok, VP for Academic Affairs, Cebu Normal University, welcomed the participants of the first ever Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course last Sept 5, 2012

Follett Destiny Comprehensive Course, Cebu, Sept 5-7 2012

Ms. Sharon Samaniego of De La Salle University – Dasmarinas was the main trainor of the Destiny Comprehensive Course.

Follett Comprehensive Course, Cebu, Sept 5-7 2012

Participants hard at work during the Follett Comprehensive Training Course

EISI 19th Anniversary - 19 years of Philippine Library Automation

EISI Celebrated its 19th Anniversary on Sept 7, the last day of the Boot Camp, with Follett Destiny course participants.

Library Automation Boot Camp socials

This is the coziest boot camp a librarian can attend. Here, our participants and staff enjoy a karaoke-filled night out.

Library Automation Boot Camp, Cebu, Sept 2012

Thank you Ms. Aida de la Cerna [3rd from right] and your staff for being such gracious hosts!

To learn more about our boot camp from the viewpoint of a participant, check out this blog post from a librarian-blogger: http://definitelylibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-library-automation-boot-camp.html .  Be sure to check out all five posts for each day she attended the camp.

Watch out for our next boot camp as we bring out the best in our librarians  and libraries through our tested and well-supported technologies.  We promise to make it a unique learning experience mixed with a lot of FUN!

Destiny Quest Mobile: Free App To Access Your Library October 9, 2012

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Starting with version 10 of Follett Destiny, users and staff can access the Destiny Library Manager through Android phones and tablets, as well as Apple IOS devices like Ipad and Iphone.  This means they can now find the resources they need anytime, including breaks in between classes and anywhere they have access to wi-fi or 3G phone signal.  The mobile app is similar in function to the Destiny Quest desktop application, including showing a list of the latest acquisitions, the top 10 books, as well as categories of books.  If a patron is allowed by the librarian to login to the system, he will have additional functionality like account information  (checkouts, holds, fines), ability to rate and review books,  place holds on books, have their own personal book lists.  It’s a useful and much appreciated addition to the library’s offerings.

To try out this free app, point  your Android tablet or smartphone’s browser to this link, download, and install  this app: Destiny Quest Mobile App.  You can also download this app from Google Play (for Android, go to http://play.google.com, just search for ‘Destiny Quest’) or  from Apple iTunes App Market (for IOS) thru this LINK.

To try your connection to a demo server, try our own http://destiny.servehttp.com.

For help in  deploying this app in your school, please go to our website http://www.eisi.com.ph and click on the LIVE CHAT button for direct access to our support staff.

To deploy Quest Mobile in your school, make sure you have an updated Destiny maintenance agreement, and contact EISI (63 2 8436571) for assistance.

To promote Destiny Quest Mobile to your students, download and customize this POSTER.

Watch this video for more info: