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Destiny 17.5: What's New in Destiny 17.5

Information about Destiny Release 17.5

Destiny 17.5

To everyone:
So far, we are looking at relatively minor changes with Destiny 17.5:
  • Back Office tab renamed Admin
  • In Circulation
    • The “Check in Offsite Copies” option now defaults to off.
    • "In Library Use” can be opted as off (the default remains as on).

Changes in Destiny Discover also relate the name changes.

  • On the Main Menu Destiny is now called Destiny Back Office.
  • Setup has been renamed Admin.
  • Admin now opens to Discover Admin.

 

  • Limit access to Collections for various roles in Destiny Discover. For example, limit elementary school students to only elementary collections in other schools in RILINK. Something to consider: this could also be done on a RILINK-wide basis. Send email to dorothy@rilink.org if you think this would be a good idea.
  • Edit any Collection when you are signed in as an Administrator for your site and set the collaborators for the collection.
  • Pin a Collection so patrons see it at the beginning of the carousel. Collections may be pinned for a specific length of time as well as scheduled.
  • Sign up for monthly webinar/ Q and A on the last Friday of every month at 3:00 pm EST by visiting the Follett Community Webinar Series page to find out about new and upcoming changes for Destiny Discover.

New Search Options

A new feature makes search options in Destiny Discover more visible. The + icon has been replaced with the two buttons; Search Options and Options are Set.

 

Images Now Displayed for Collections

No more generic icons for Collections on the homepage carousels and Search Results! Collections featured in these areas now reflect the images and colors assigned to the Collections. And on that note, "carousels" is now used in place of "ribbons" for the items displayed on your home page.

Searching Collections

The number of Collections available now exceeds 10,000. To search effectively for Collections on a given topic, use the Search Options and the homepage. Then click on the Collections tab to further filter your results.

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 https://guides.rilinkschools.org/rmcontent.

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.
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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.
 
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Need help? Contact the RILINK Staff using the RILINK Help Request Form.