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Tiverton PD 2016: Destiny

RILINK offers a shared web-based library automation system for Rhode Island school libraries, which we call RICAT.  RICAT uses Follett Destiny software.   When a school library joins our RICAT system, all you need to use your school library media center's resources is a computer, laptop, or mobile device and an Internet connection.  Librarians, library staff, teachers, students, and parents have access to the school’s library resources anytime, anywhere they have access to the web.  Most RICAT entries include content annotations as well as interest and reading levels. The software supports searches by Lexiles and by reading level for a variety of reading programs such as Fountas and Pinnell and Accelerated Reader. Searches in RICAT can also link to digital resources, such as streaming video from Discovery Education and eBooks. Searches will find information in online subscription databases, including those available free to all Rhode Islanders through  Your tax dollars at work!   

Using Resource Lists

Log In to use Resource Lists, place Holds, and use other features.  Your username and password are the same thing - tiv[employeenumber]

Your employee number is also your barcode.

Make a Resource List to collect and share books, web sites, and other resources.  Use Resource Lists in lesson planning and assignments for your class.

Here's how:

  1.  Log in, go the Catalog tab, and click on Resource Lists at the bottom of the left-hand column.

  2. Click on Add List on the right-hand side.​​

  3. Give your list a Name, a description (if you wish), search for and Add a co-author if you wish to share this list with another teacher or your library media specialist.

  4.  If you want everyone to be able to see your list, click on the [] Make this list Public locally.  (Do NOT click on the [Make this list Public across the District] option.)  If you are not ready to make the list Public yet, leave this unchecked for now.  You can come back to edit the list later when you are ready to check this box.

  5. Then click on Save.



OK, so now you have an empty Resource List.  Here's how to add Books to the list:

  1. Go to the Catalog tab, and do a Keyword search for your topic.

  2. When the list of matching titles displays, make sure that the list you want to add to is displayed in the Selected List box.                                                                                  Selected List:   

  3. Look down the list and click on any title that you want to explore further.  Use the "bread crumbs" in the search history bar to go back and forth from an individual title to the list. In the title display you can click on TitlePeek™ to get more information about the book, which can include reviews and table of contents.

  4. Click on [Add to This List] next to any of the Titles that you want to add to your list.

  5. You can click on [Add Page] to add all of the items listed on the current to your Resource List.  If you want to see the entire list, click on [Show All].  You can always edit your Resource List later to remove any titles that you don't want to keep on the list.

  6. To see the titles in your list, click on Resource Lists in the left-hand column of the Catalog tab, and then [View] next to the list name to see everything in your Resource List.  Click on [Remove] to take a particular title off the list.

  7. You can add any eBooks that you want to your list in the same way.  In school they will open for students to read them online.  At home they will need to use the Shared Access username and password to read Follett eBooks online.  Students can also log in to check out eBooks or read them online outside of school.

What about all those fabulous electronic resources?  In much the same way, you can find and add them to your resource list.  Here's How:  

  1. Repeat your keyword search.  Look carefully at the display screen, and you will see additional tabs that display the results of your search.  You will only see the WebPath tab if your library media center subscribes to this service. 

  3. Make sure that the list you want to add to is displayed in the Selected List box.                                                                                  Selected List:    Then Click on the OneSearch tab.  

  4. Click on [Get Results] to see more matching online resources.  Note:  a set of empty quotes means that no matching results were found in this online resource.

  5. Choose a resource with results and click on [Show] to see a list of results from that resource.  Note:  popups from that resource must be unblocked.

  6. You can move back and forth to view and select items from one resource.  You can [Hide] to close the list for one resource and [Show] to view the list from another resource.

  7. To see the resources in your list, click on Resource Lists in the left-hand column and then [View] next to the list name to see everything in your Resource List.  OneSearch links in your Resource List appear on a separate tab.  Click on [Remove] to take a particular item off the list.

Students and other teachers can find your Resource Lists that you have made public in the Catalog tab on your school's Destiny site by clicking on Resource Lists in the left-hand column.


You can also make a direct link to your Resource List.  Here's how to do it:


  1. View the list to get the list ID number from the URL
  2. Find the site number for your site
  3. Replace the site number and the list ID number in this sample:  

You should be able to email this link or use it on a web page, and it will go directly to your Resource List.

What else can you do in Destiny?

To place a hold on a book, you must be logged in.  First look for the book in your own school library's collection, by choosing Library Search in the left-hand column of the Catalog tab, entering the title in the Find box and then clicking on the icon for at Title Search.  If no copies are available, then you can place a Hold on the title.

If there are no copies available in your school library's collection, use the drop-down list called Location on the Library Search page in the Catalog tab to choose [RICAT (all members], and Search for your title again.  When you have chosen the title you need, click on Hold to place an interlibrary loan request for the title.  If your school is not participating in interlibrary loan, you will not have this option available.

To check out an eBook, you must be logged in.  Click on the Open button next to the eBook to Open it.  For a Follett eBook, use the drop-down menu under Book to check the book out.  To close the eBook, use the <-Back button on the screen.

To download an eBook to your device, get information about the new Destiny Discover App, and download it here, or visit the App Store for your device, and search for Destiny Discover (it's free !).

Welcome to Follett's new interface,  At some point, Destiny Discover will include all of the features of the Classic Destiny interface, including the ability to create Resource Lists.  Right now, the Destiny Discover interface includes two new features that you may want to use in creating your own curriculum and student resources.  

The first is the ability to create a link to a specific title in your library media center's collection. To use this featureGo to your library's Catalog tab, and click on Destiny Discover in the left-hand column.  In Destiny Discover, type in the Search box the title or subjects to which you want to make link(s).  In the resulting display, click on a title to display it and look for the   symbol.  Click on it, and you will have a link you can add to any document or web page.The second feature, located directly under Share, is Cite, the ability to create a Citation in your chosen format.  Click on Cite, choose your format, and Copy or Export to EasyBib.



also gives you the ability to Search for materials using Curriculum tags.  You must be logged in to use this feature.  Select Tags from the bottom of the drop-down list to the left of the Search bar.  The type in your topic or approach, such as "Real World Math" and click on the magnifying glass to the right of the Search box.  Click on a title from the resulting list to see the full entry for the item.


also lets you search for 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 can 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.  You must be logged in to use this feature.  After you conduct a Search, a results tab for matching resources from OER is displayed.

Click on Open Educational Resources to see the results that match your search.

Open Data Sets & Resources

To search a wide variety of Standards, go to the East Bay Educational Collaborative site on RICAT. You do not need to log in. Click on the Catalog tab, then choose Standards Search in the left-hand column. Here's how to use this feature:

  1. Select your standards source from the list, which includes Common Core as well as Rhode Island Standards.
  2. Choose RICAT (all members) from the Location drop-down list. 
  3. To browse for a standard, finding supporting materials from all of RILINK, open the Browse tab.   Each subject defined by the standards source appears with a closed-folder icon. To view the next level of folders, click either the folder icon or the name next to it. To move up or down through the hierarchy of folders, click any folder icon or the name. The globe-and-paper icon denotes the lowest level of the hierarchy. You cannot drill any further into the standard. From the list of standards, locate the one you need. Click [Find It] to discover the available resources: a list of websites with content appropriate for your lesson planning and for your students, and a list of RILINK member library materials that support the standard.  If your library does not own a item you would like to use, you may be able to borrow it from another library.
  4. To search for a standard
  • Click on the Search tab on the right side of the screen.
  • Enter a keyword or phrase such as politicswhole numbers, fractions, and decimals, or matter and energy. You can use any word or phrase that may appear in the text of your standard.
  • Select the subject and grade level from the lists.
  • Click Search.

What to do if you don't get enough search results:

Since Standards Search returns only standards that contain all of the words you typed in, widening your search can be as simple as deleting some of those words. For example, enter proportions instead of numbers ratios proportions.  Also, try using a more general term. For example, use literary technique rather than allusion. Or, if astronomy produces no results, try entering solar systemuniverse, or even space.

What to do if you get too many search results:

Since Standards Search returns standards that contain all of the words in your query, narrowing your search may be as simple as adding more words. You can also use the Boolean NOT operator (in capital letters) to exclude subjects you do not want. For example, politics NOT historical results in a smaller list than would politics alone.

Try enclosing a phrase in quotation marks. For example, entering "whole numbers, fractions, and decimals" returns only standards containing that exact phrase.

Be as specific as you can. Use ecosystem rather than geography.

Using phrases

Enclose a phrase in quotation marks. Without quotation marks, Standards Search performs a Boolean AND search on the words entered. For example, "whole numbers, fractions, and decimals" returns only standards containing that exact phrase.

Using the Boolean AND, OR, NOT operators

You can create a search phrase from several distinct words or terms with Boolean operators between them. Because Standards Search performs a Boolean AND search by default, you do not need to add AND between search words. For example, searching for either force motion or force AND motion returns the same results.

Adding the OR operator, however, can widen your search because any word in your search term can satisfy the search query. For example, searching for force OR motion returns standards that contain either the word force or the wordmotion.

Adding the NOT operator limits your search to a specific area of focus. For example, searching for force NOT motion returns all standards that contain the word force except those that also contain the word motion.

You must be logged in to use both of these features:

You have the option to add your library's wish list after an unsuccessful search for a title in the catalog.


If your library has a subscription to WebPath Express, you can also suggest web sites to be added to this service.

You can find and then recommend a title to one of your students.  You must be logged in to use this feature.

When you are logged in, click on the MyInfo tab to see what items you have checked out and when they are due.  You can also open eBooks that you have checked out, and check on any Holds that you have placed.

Other links

Links to use:

login username and password:  tiv[your emp#]  both are the same