Follett’s Destiny Outpaces Competition in National Report; Award-Winning Web-Based Library Manager Cited in Library Journal Report

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FollettÂ?s Destiny Library Manager has been cited in a recent Library Journal report for quickly dominating the market for centralized library solutions for school districts. The information appeared in an overview of the library automation market in the publicationÂ?s April 2005 issue.

Follett’s Destiny Library Manager has been cited in a recent Library Journal report for quickly dominating the market for centralized library solutions for school districts. The information appeared in an overview of the library automation market in the publication’s April 2005 issue.

According to the report, Destiny was installed in 25% more districts than its nearest competitor, even though that product has been on the market twice as long. In addition, Destiny gained more than twice as many new customers in 2004, the report showed.

“In its second year in marketing Destiny, the company has outpaced the sales and installed base of competitor Sagebrush’s Accent product – available for four years,” noted the author, industry expert Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University.

Even though most schools already have some kind of library automation system, “school districts began to demand centralized IT services and all the efficiencies that go with them,” Breeding observed. “In response, companies that focused on K-12 libraries scrambled to develop districtwide centralized IT systems.”

“Follett Software launched Destiny in 2003,” Breeding wrote. “This completely web-based system allows the server to be installed and maintained in the districts IT department, with schools having access through web browsers.”

Follett Software Company reported an unprecedented 141 new contracts for Destiny browser-based library software in 2004, underscoring impressive growth that included more than 30 conversions from districts using competitive automation solutions.

One of every four Destiny sales has come from a district formerly using a competitive library automation vendor, the company reported.

Those migrating to Destiny include some of the nation’s largest school districts—Miami-Dade, New York City (Bronx) and Clark County, among others—who have sought to extend library access while holding the line on budget costs by using Follett’s browser-based, centralized library system, Destiny Library Manager. Districts are able to consolidate all their library automation on a district server with Destiny, dramatically reducing technical support costs, saving staff time and improving ease of use.

Over 50 of the top 500 districts have turned to Destiny, and it is now used by nearly 200 districts across the country, representing 4,000 schools. This makes Destiny a leading web-based library solution for K-12 schools. Destiny is the only library management product to receive the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine.

About Destiny Resource Management Solution

Destiny Library Manager is part of Follett’s Destiny Resource Management Solution. Destiny’s easy-to-use, browser-based technology provides schools and districts better control of their book inventories. Destiny Library Manager lets K-12 districts offer complete library management services to all schools from a single installation via any supported web browser. The Destiny Resource Management Solution also includes Follett’s Destiny Textbook Manager, an easy-to-use system that gives districts and schools total control of their textbook inventory. Used separately or as one integrated system, both applications save schools and districts time and money by eliminating redundant site-based installation and maintenance, and offer better control of district resources. Destiny Library Manager was recently awarded the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine, which called it an “easy, powerful, and meaningful use of technology.”

About Follett Software Company

For nearly two decades, Follett Software Company has provided K-12 education with powerful, innovative technology solutions to manage library, textbooks and other assets more effectively. The company also offers a range of proven software and service solutions to help districts and schools strengthen the connection between the classroom and the library by linking learning resources to state standards more effectively, supporting reading achievement by making reading program titles more accessible, and ensuring fast, easy access to quality information.

More than 37,000 customers in almost half the nation’s school districts have chosen Follett Software. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, whose mission is to be the leading provider of educational solutions, services and products that empower schools, libraries, colleges, students and life-long learners.

For more information, visit the company’s web site is at or call 800-323-3397.

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