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Collections by Destiny

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It is quite possible that your catalog is the most expensive piece of software in your building. Are you leveraging it to its fullest potential?

Follett is about to launch an add-on to its Destiny’s 15.0 release that might just make you and your community appreciate your OPAC in a very new way.

Collections by Destiny launches tomorrow as

a new, collaborative way for librarians, teachers and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across your district, school or between users . . . Collections can help reduce instructional planning and research time, maximizes visibility and usage of your educational resources, and encourages deeper learning in and outside the classroom.

Collections are themed curated resources–digital scrapbooks–gathering a variety of media types to meet the needs of targeted groups of users. Materials may be gathered from your catalog itself, the web or files on your own computer, as well as files from GooScreen Shot 2017-06-26 at 7.16.16 AMgle Drive or MicrosoftOne Drive.  You can search for Open Educational Resources (OER) within Destiny Discover and immediately add them to your collections.

A browser bookmarklet makes it easy to add items to collections on the fly. Items come over with any attached metadata.

In social media style, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Users may search public collections created by others for inspiration. You can copy a public collection to use as your own and edit, add to it or delete content. You may share your collections within your own school and beyond, even to non-Destiny users, simply by sharing links or posting to Google Classroom.

Importantly, Collections opens the door for sustainable collaborations among librarians, teachers, students, administrators who might all participate in curating resources without creating additional silos. We can work as curricular teams to build instruction–connecting free web and OER content with content we purchase and adding our own documents–instruction, scaffolds, rubrics. We can highlight virtual shelves of books. We can create text sets. And we can encourage our students to curate their research and build portfolios.

Librarians can work with curricular teams to build instruction–connecting free web and OER content with content we purchase, adding our own documents–instruction, scaffolds, rubrics. We can highlight virtual shelves of books. We can create text sets. And we can encourage our students to curate their research and build portfolios.

This recorded webinar and supporting slides offer a closer look at the new features in Destiny 15.0. You may also register for the upcoming July 20 webinar.

Darn it!  I wish I could test drive this one, but I no longer have a catalog. :-(
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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Floyd Pentlin says:

    Do you think that this will do away with LibGuides or LiveBinders as curative tools?

  2. Joyce Valenza Joyce Valenza says:

    No, I don’t. I can see embedding individual collections into your Guides. I still like the ability to create context around the resources I curate and to create an integrated network of Guides. LibGuides has a robust array of features I value, including metrics and a variety of box types. I see the two platforms playing nice together. Of course, I have not had the opportunity to really test drive Collections yet!

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