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Beyond Help: What's New in Destiny

What's New in Destiny 17!

Here is an introductory video to Destiny Discover for students (Simplified Version), 3:23 minutes long. Click here to view the video full screen.

Here is an introductory video for teachers, 3:22 minutes long. Click here to view the video full screen.

Attention LibGuides Users: these and other Follett videos are available for addition to your websites as a RILINK Managed Asset. Check out all the options at

Apps are now available in Google Play (Destiny Discover) and Apple Apps (Destiny Discover and Destiny Read).

In the demo, the checked in item is on Hold for someone at the owning library.  At the end of the video, the status shows as available because the Hold was deleted.

Please note that

  • these "Returning" items do not show up in the Holds/ILL lists
  • to be checked in at another library, items actually have to have a "checked out" status at the owning library


Students can now place Holds for Titles in the Simplified Interface in Destiny Discover for local and ILL titles with the right parameters set in Back Office.
Two areas must be addressed in Back Office to accomplish this: Library Policies & Access Levels.
In Library Policies/ Patron Types make sure the Max number of Holds reflects at least 1 or the Student will not see the option to place a Hold.
Student   (SIF: Student)   Default Patron Type Default Patron Type Destiny Help Edit Student   Delete Student
Max Checkouts 3 Max Holds 5
In Access Levels settings for Patron/PatronsTab/Self-Empowered Patron Access, for  example, these additional parameters must be addressed.
To place Holds for ILL in any interface under the Access Levels settings for Patron/Library Materials/Library Catalog Search Access, Search all library sites through Destiny Discover must be checked.
Need help? Contact the RILINK Staff using the RILINK Help Request Form.

Previous Destiny Releases

RICAT was updated to Destiny 16.5 on December 22nd. Some of the newest features include:

  • To save you time, selections in Destiny are now sticky. For example, click the Catalog tab, Update Titles option and Delete Tags sub-tab to view the Global Delete Tag page. Then click the Reports tab. When you return to the Catalog tab, you will still see the Global Delete Tag page – without having to make the extra clicks.  As soon as you log out, your sticky selections disappear.
  • If your school has a self-checkout station, you can now set the number of minutes of inactivity before the Circulation tab resets. This protects patron information and privacy. A checkbox has been added in Back Office > Access Levels that lets you set the number of inactive seconds before Destiny clears all patron data automatically. This reset ranges from 5 to 9,999 seconds. For more information on self-checkout, search online Help for “Set Up a Self-Checkout Station.”
  • Whether you are purchasing Capstone titles through Follett or directly from Capstone, they function the same way.
  • You can add cover images to each title in Current Checkouts/Fines email notices.
  • OverDrive customers can limit which materials are imported to their site. 
  • You can set up partial inventories within more specific call number ranges, such as FIC DAA to FIC EZZ. This improvement also lets you limit some reporting by call number ranges.
  • Jobs and Reports Job Manager pages now refresh automatically every ten seconds. When running reports, you can now select the desired format from Report Manager or Job Manager. You no longer have to view a job summary first. In Report Manager or Job Manager, next to the completed job, click the link for the format you want to view results in: l HTML l Excel l PDF l XML.


Here are complete details about the new release.

RICAT was updated to Destiny 15.5 on February 17. Some of the newest features include

  • Patron Nicknames are now visible in Circulation
  • Four new fields have been added to Report Builder: Date Lost and Email 3, 4, & 5 addresses
  • Destiny Discover now displays "You May Also Like" title recommendations.
  • Students can now view Fines and Checkouts in Destiny Discover
  • The Search Bar functionality in Destiny Discover now includes Location, Format, Interest Level, and Reading Program
  • For those with OverDrive Audiobooks- they will now appear on the audiobooks ribbon in Destiny Discover
  • Collections by Destiny® now include free collections under “Featured Collections” tab that provide tools for Lightbox™, an “Instructor Use Only” field so individual items can be hidden from student view, and “Report Abuse feature” that lets users report inappropriate materials
We have scheduled our RICAT update to Destiny Release 15 for Friday, July 28.  The main feature of the new Release is Collections, which can include any resource, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), webpages, images, and documents, all easily added with the click of a button.  To find out more:

Please see the following pages in the pdf document listed below for these new features:

  • page 4 - You can now export from Report Builder to Excel
  • page 8 - You can now get usage statistics for LightBox titles
  • page 12 - Many standard Destiny reports now allow results to be exported to Excel:
    • Patron ID Cards
    • Item Barcode Labels
    • Spine/Pocket Labels
    • Patron Barcode Labels
  • page 14 - You can now do some customization of the ribbons that appear on your Destiny Discover page:
    • Show and edit One Search databases on the Links ribbon
    • Decide what ribbons you want to appear
    • Determine the order of ribbons on the Destiny Discover homepage
    • Add custom links to the Links ribbon, including a link to the library's home page and/or to the district or school home page, etc.

Webinar overview, updates to Universal Search start at 4.25, and run for a total of 6 minutes.

Simplified Follett eBook Reading Experience: Follett’s eReader, BryteWave K-12, was redesigned with a new look and feel. Now it’s easier for students to navigate Follett eBooks, use note-taking features, and more.   Download the new Brytewave user’s guide (but see name change in Destiny 14, below), and show your students and teachers where they can download the new app  The previous version of the BryteWave K-12 app will continue to work, but Follett strongly recommends updating all devices to the new app for the 2016–17 school year.  See more.

Easier Access to Universal Search with Widgets: Add a Universal Search widget to your school or library website, learning management system, or other webpage to give students a quick and easy way to access Universal Search or to conduct a Universal Search.  To create a widget, log on, go to Universal Search (soon to be Destiny Discover), and use the pull-down menu under your login name.  You can choose to limit the search widget by material type when you create the widget.

Note:  These widgets can also be used on your Destiny home page, but will lose your login if you are already logged in, requiring you to log in again.

Direct Access to Titles in Universal Search with Permalinks and QR codes: Share links and QR codes that take your students directly to a title in Universal Search.  (Universal Search permalinks to Resource Lists will be added int he future.)

2017 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominees!

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely*

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Nivens

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin*

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby*

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir*

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon*

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella*

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero*

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

I Am Princess X by Cheri Priest

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman*

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Noggin by John Corey Whaley*

Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness*

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes*The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler*

*recommended for older readers


WebPath Express™ Filters in Universal Search: Narrow your WebPath Express search results with filters.

Note:  Search for deserts in the widget below.  Click on Show Results for WebPath Express.  Then limit your search to [educational game] by scrolling down the list of possible filters.  Click on the first resource shown to see an example of how you can navigate right to the WebPath Express resources desired.

Note:  The ability to determine patron library checkout history is a district setting that applies to all sites.

The available settings are:

  Allow fines to be paid/waived at any site  (These are current settings.)  This setting means that you can pay or waive a fine for any of your students, even though it was incurred at another school.
  Retain patron library checkout history:
   For    completed statistical year(s)
   Never - store only current checkouts Destiny Help

Note:  Our current setting is forever, since you lose patron statistics when patron history is not stored.

Email Hold Notices: This report now lets you choose which email address(es) hold notices are sent to.  Choose the option Distributed [Via email] to see the address options. 

Select & sort by
 from   to  
  Display title for library materials
Message  Patron's Name:
Via email
Provide sender information
Display name
Email     Destiny Help
Send To
Email 1
Email 2
No available homerooms
See our [Beyond Help!] guide page on Emailing Overdue Notices for additional information on sending email notices.


Where are we headed (3 minutes)

Everything is now called , no more Universal Search, FollettShelf, Brytewave.  Destiny Classic interface has updated graphics, colors, and images, but functionally, everything remains the same and is still exactly where you expect it to be, except for eBook setup, which you will still find under Search Setup in the left-hand column of the Catalog tab, BUT then click on  under the green bar.

Click here to see the Destiny Release 14 notes with an 15 minute webinar overview.

When a student or staff member searches Google in the Chrome browser, resources from Destiny will be displayed alongside the normal results. You’ll be able to direct students right to your resources to promote usage.

Single Sign-On (SSO) with SAML, LTI, and Google will allow your users that are already logged into Google, your district portal, or your learning management system to seamlessly navigate into Destiny without another login. This will require using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and other SSO standards, and will simplify access for users, reduce account administration burdens, and improve security.

Access open educational resources (OER): Follett is partnering with the U.S. through their #GoOpen initiative to support access to Learning Registry open education resources (OER). You’ll be able to access resources from the Learning Registry within Destiny, ensuring broader usage among educators and students.  Rhode Island is a #GoOpen state.  This initiative is just in its beginning stages.

Open Data Sets & Resources

Follett is the exclusive partner of , a fun and secure online reading community designed specifically for students ages 6-13. Biblionasium is now fully integrated in to Destiny, meaning students are just a single sign-on away from accessing the platform’s great features that promote healthy reading habits while generating actionable data for educators.

Much of Biblionasium's functionality is similar to My Quest, and it will be interesting to see which districts are using this platform to encourage reading.  There is no cost to use Biblionasium, but there is an annual cost to integrate this service with Destiny.

Annual subscription costs to integrate Biblionasium with Destiny are listed below.  Integration with Biblionasium can be implemented starting in January 2017.

  • Less than 500 Students:  $199 per site
  • Greater than 500 Students:  $249 per site
  • 6 – 30 sites = 5% discount per site
  • 30+ sites = 10% discount per site 

Destiny will now support OneRoster™ from IMS Global Learning Consortium, which allows you to pull in student and class schedule data into Destiny.

   Coming soon.....