Follett listens to our wants and needs. It seems each time Jason Smith, our SC/NC Account Manager with Follett Library Resources visits, he takes time to learn and relay our specifics needs, likes, and yes, even gripes back to the company. Whenever he calls to say he is in the area, we invite him in. It’s just a good time to pick his brain, find out what’s new or coming down the pipes, or learn better or deeper understanding of existing programs. Some time ago he mentioned app development for multi platforms.
So it’s time to get ‘APPy
Finally I have an app that can be used straight from my phone to check out books and equipment! I’ve had the app for some time, but couldn’t get it to associate with our Destiny platform. But recently we updated to Destiny 11.0, and whoah, the app began working!
Recently our district decided to go with Follett Shelf. Also over the summer we adopted a BYOD policy. Suddenly I found myself re-evaluating apps and links that I could potentially pull into the curriculum. The several times I had seen FolletShelf demo’d gave me a deeper understanding of why I should take a more serious look at Destiny Quest. We all know our kids prefer their small device (like phones.) So I downloaded the Destiny Quest app to take a better look. Suddenly it all came together for me. With our students ability to use their own devices, the Destiny Quest app becoming a better solution for the students for finding books, managing their own library accounts (holds, lists, reviews, etc.), and even considering letting a small target group checkout their own books, I could feel a shifting in my thinking on patron management.
I have 2600+ patrons, so now I’m trying to work through getting usernames and passwords set up so I can roll it out to students. There is a way to have our student information system roll that info in some how (we no longer use a SIF agent), but I don’t have rights or enough know how to be of much help. This week higher ups will be helping us get those usernames and passwords to roll into Destiny. I’ve asked Jason to come over then too. At least that is my positive thinking anyway. And of course, we could encourage the most loyal and frequent visitors to go ahead and set up their own accounts–not have to wait.
Next Steps – What needs to be done?
- Turn our computer desktop’s Destiny program for students over to Destiny Quest full time! (I want them to see it as they will on their phones or tablets! Right now the desktop offers the option but is set to the traditional catalog look.)
- Push hard with advertising the Destiny Quest app. This will happen during orientations, which I really have a love/hate relationship with, but suddenly feel inspired–thanks Follett, Destiny, and Destiny Quest.
- Sell it to not only students, but teachers too. I hooked one teacher by standing at my duty post, but pulling out my phone to tell her if 1) a book she wanted was in, and 2) after locating it on said phone, telling her exactly where it was in the shelves. Then slam dunked the deal when I told her she could bring them to me at my duty post and I could scan and check them out, all from my phone.
On your mark, get ready, GO!
I’m really ready for students and teachers to get excited about using library programming right from their preferred device. Next I will be giving a much more serious look at Follett’s One Search. I was already aware of another vendor having such a portal, but I have really liked my service with Follett, so I’m tickled to find this as a part of my service, and one I just need to tap into.
2 screenshots from my phone
Jason Smith’s Twitter Profile Picture