The kids would rather use Destiny Quest and love the "friending" options, (maybe a little too much sometimes!)- Deb O'Hara, Tiverton Middle School, Tiverton, RI
I always show the option of using Destiny Quest at Norwood and Holden. About 75% of my students prefer Destiny Quest over the regular catalog view. - Tara Castro, Norwood Elementary School, Warwick, RI
At BMS we love Destiny Quest! Students enjoy making recommendations to each other and being able to find out so much about a book from the catalog. You can virtually browse the shelves from home, request books from other libraries, and place holds on books you want to pick-up when you get to school. With one search term, you can find information online from many different sources. It is fun to use and incredibly helpful.- Nancy Maddocks, Barrington Middle School, Barrington, RI
On New Arrivals: This is a guaranteed question for any of the grades: "Mrs. Fernandes, where can I find the new books?" Most times the books are already shelved so the student has to click the title to get more details (fiction, easy, etc.) about where to find the book. It's good practice in getting title information in a different way but still applying the usual book searching skills.
On Top 10 books: This always creates conversation at the computers especially in the area of " I want that one next" or "I knew that book was good". Sometimes a pair of students will spend most of book choice time going through the list rather than looking for a book (good clean fun!).
On the Search box: I like it that if the spelling is incorrect it offers auto correct suggestions . .. a huge help with many students and one librarian. - Jill Fernandes, Waddington Elementary School, East Providence, RI
The younger students have difficulty thinking in categories - for example they may not think of birds as an animal (you should try playing 20 questions with them, it’s hilarious). But if they used Destiny Quest, they could start typing the name of the animal and many links popped up.- Carol Cappadona, Hugh Cole School( Bristol-Warren School District), Warren, RI