Rockford Public School District turns to Follett Software’s Destiny products to manage library, textbook resources

From press release

MCHENRY, Ill.—For the second-largest K-12 school district in Illinois, the decision to adopt McHenry-based Follett Software Company’s Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager products simultaneously came down to a matter of selecting the “best of breed” in the marketplace.

“We knew the products well; it’s not a secret that Destiny is the best out there on the market,” said Chris Taskey, information services coordinator for Rockford Public School District 205. “There’s nothing else out there that tops Follett Software’s products. It’s the best of breed.”

When Rockford Public Schools issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) during the 2009-10 school year seeking library and textbook management resources, it was part of what Taskey described as his district’s “technology system overhaul” that also included a new student information system. The two Destiny market-leading, browser-based solutions were ultimately purchased last spring—the library product replacing the district’s outdated library management system and the textbook product representing a dramatic conversion from an inventory maintained in a spreadsheet.

Destiny Library Manager, which helps libraries work more efficiently and creates engaging and collaborative learning environments that promote student achievement, is now fully implemented throughout the district’s 52 libraries, and Taskey confirmed that Rockford’s librarians are “very happy with the new system.” Following a complete textbook inventory over the summer, the implementation of Destiny Textbook Manager is well under way.

“No school district should be without it,” Taskey said of a textbook management solution. “When you’re talking about textbooks that cost $100 each, that is a lot of money moving forward.”

Some Rockford schools, Taskey said, have experienced significant textbook losses over the years, which helped spur the urgency to seek a textbook solution that manages inventory and distribution, lowers replacement costs and improves accountability. The market-leading Destiny Textbook Manager is now in 950 districts, encompassing nearly 12,000 schools nationwide.

When Mary Spevacek joined the district July 1 as the new assistant principal of curriculum/library media, she came armed with past experience of Follett Software Company products. “I was thrilled the decision had been made up to go with Follett; they’re top of the line and very user-friendly,” Spevacek said. “We’ve been going through Destiny training at the district, and while change can be difficult, I could genuinely and confidently tell everyone that this (the move to Follett) is as good as it gets.”

Rockford Public Schools becomes the first K-12 district in Illinois with more than 50 schools to purchase Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Textbook Manager together.

“Customers are now viewing Destiny Textbook Manager in the same vein they’ve long viewed Destiny Library Manager—it is just as essential, as easy to implement and as user-friendly,” said Don Rokusek, product manager, Follett Software Company. “A district like Rockford was able to clearly understand the benefits of purchasing both products at the same time, especially when tightening budgets call for sound investments.”

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From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue

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