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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.

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

Follet Cir/Cat Refresher Course, Cebu Normal University, Sept 3-4 1012

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:

Forty (40) Librarians Attend 18th MARC 21 Workshop in Baguio August 26, 2011

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It was an excited group of 40 librarians and information specialists that packed the audio-visual room of the St. Louis University library in Baguio City last June 30 and July 1, 2011.  The occasion was the 18th MARC 21 Workshop held in cooperation between SLU and Electronic Information Solutions, Inc., (EISI) the leading library automation provider in the Philippines.  This was the only MARC 21 workshop to be held in 2011.

Adding to the excitement was the fact that no less than the Chairman of the Board of Librarianship of the Professional Regulations Commission, Prof. Corazon Nera, was the lead lecturer.  She is concurrently the  Library Director of the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

Prof Corazon Nera

Prof. Corazon Nera, Chairman, Board of Librarianship, was the main lecturer for the 18th MARC21 Workshop

Prof Corazon Nera, Library Director of Lyceum of the Philippines

Attentive audience listening to Prof. Nera at the 18th MARC21 Workshop

The participants were welcomed by Dr. Noel P. De Leon, SLU Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Prof. Nera started the lecture proper with an overview of Resource Description and Access (RDA), a new and emerging standard in cataloging, followed by the main topic, Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC).  Most of the first day was devoted to MARC Bibliographic, while the 2nd day was for MARC Authorities as taught by Ms. Venus B. Oruga, also from Lyceum of the Philippines University, with opportunities for questions and answers.  The 2nd day was capped by an introduction to copy cataloging and pre-processing sofware delivered by Ms. Cristina Flores, EISI Software Specialist.

Dr Noel de Leon, VP Academic Affairs, Saint Louis University

Dr. Noel de Leon, VP Academic Affairs, Saint Loius University, welcomed the participants.

Mrs Venus Oruga of Lyceum of the Philippines took the floor on the 2nd day, lecturing on MARC Authority standards.

Mrs Venus Oruga of Lyceum of the Philippines University took the floor on the 2nd day, lecturing on MARC Authority standards.

Ms. Cristina Flores, Software Specialist, EISI

Ms. Cristina Flores, Software Specialist, EISI, mentored the participants on cataloging and pre-processing software.

MARC 21 Workshop, SLU, Baguio

Our MARC 21 Workshops are very interactive, providing opportunities for questions and answers.

Dr. Rina Diaron, Director of Libraris, SLU

Dr. Rina Diaron, Director of Libraries, SLU was all praises for the successful conduct of the MARC workshop. She delivered the closing remarks and handed out the certificates.

MARC 21 Workshop participants hard at work with their trainors

MARC 21 Workshop participants hard at work with their trainors

18th MARC 21 Workshop Certificate

Certificates were given for the successful completion of the course. Our MARC 21 Workshops are CPE accredited.

The participants were delighted with the actual hands-on exercises where they were able to see immediate results of their cataloging efforts.  Follett’s Destiny Library Manager was used extensively throughout the course.

The closing remarks was delivered by  Dr. Rina Hemedez Diaron, Director of Libraries, Saint Louis University.

It seems two days was not enough for the MARCers as many took advantage of the weekend to tour Baguio City.  On July 1, Friday afternoon, aboard a bus graciously provided by the Philippine Military Academy, our MARC participants visited the SLU Museum of Arts and Culture, PMA Museum (guided by PMA Librarian Mr. Nolie Enem, one of the participants), Club John Hay/Baguio Country Club, and the twin tourist attractions of Good Shepherd and Mines View Park.

18th MARC 21 Participants at the PMA Bus

All set for the really FUN part of the course!

18th MARC 21 Participants at the Philippine Military Academy

18th MARC 21 Participants at the Philippine Military Academy

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants hunting for souvenirs

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants hunting for souvenirs

18th MARC 21 Workshop participants at the Baguio Botanical Garden

Taking some time to pose for posterity at the Baguio Botanical Garden

Jump for MARC 21!

Jump for MARC 21!

It was indeed a productive learning experience with a lot of fun and camaraderie thrown in. So watch out for our next MARC workshops, register and invite your fellow librarians.  We make cataloging FUN!

Follett Software Offers Free Integration of One Search Into Destiny Library Manager 9.9 June 13, 2011

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March 31, 2011. Follett Software Company (Chicago, Illinois) announced this week that the One Search™ subscription service is now fully integrated into Destiny® Library Manager™, and will be available free to Follett customers who have upgraded to the latest Destiny 9.9 version and maintain a current support agreement.

The Destiny Library Manager-One Search integration becomes effective Friday (April 1), said George Gatsis, vice president of product management, marketing and development for Follett Software Company.

“One Search is a great way to help the Librarian/Media Specialist assist teachers and students in the learning process and support the library,” Gatsis said. “We hope this addition will help support our customers’ goal of improving information literacy and strengthen the value of Destiny in their library, while concurrently keeping an eye on the budget.”

Current One Search subscribers will be able to access all the service’s online resources that they have in the past without incurring any additional fees. A complete list of the supported databases is available by visiting Follett Software’s web site under “Enriched Content Subscriptions.”

Existing Destiny customers seeking details about activating their One Search subscription in Destiny, or for additional information about One Search, contact the Philippine Distributor, Electronic Information Solutions Inc at eisi@eisi.com.ph.

In early January, Follett Software unveiled 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 Destiny is distributed in the Philippines by Electronic Information Solutions Inc (http://www.eisi.com.ph) which can be reached at phone 63 2 8436571.