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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Epic Tale of Destiny

Once upon a time, the SCC library housed a magical piece of furniture called a “card catalog”. Filled with hundreds and hundreds of index size cards, anyone could open a drawer, peak inside, and be lead to an epic adventure, a heartfelt story, the Mongols, and the president of the United States among many other things. These cards were connections to every book the library owned.

As time passed, this “card catalog” underwent a metamorphosis, losing its paper version and converting itself into a digital “OPAC” system. No one knew what “OPAC” stood for though many tried to determine its origin. “OPAC” allowed library citizens to find the books using a new-fangled invention called a computer. Sadly this could only be done in the confines of the library.

Fortunately change was coming. Just six short years ago, “OPAC” once again went through a transformation into its current iteration – Destiny.

Destiny allows all library citizens to access library materials, both physical and those that live in the digital world, from any internet connected device. This is an epic and mighty tool to spread knowledge and learning throughout our land.

But even now, Destiny grows and changes. As of the telling of this story there are four variations of Destiny. All variations allow citizens to search all library resources, though each has its own unique flavor in how it accomplishes such a task.
  • Destiny – The regular library search that our library leader, Ms. Olson, most often uses and expounds the virtues of.
  • Destiny Quest – The fancier version of Destiny which many students embrace due to its social media features. Friending those in your class seems to be an especially popular past time.
  • Destiny Discover – This is the newest variant, though truly it is merely an expansion and rebranding of the FollettShelf we knew in the past. Many of our digital resources such as ebooks and digital audiobooks can be accessed here. Though all resources can be searched for if required.
  • Destiny Discover – You may think it daft to repeat this, but in reality this is a wholly separate entity. The app used on handheld internet devices (such as your phones and tablets) is now Destiny Discover instead of the oddly named BryteWave K-12. Surely this is a positive change and will lead to many more citizens utilizing it.

Thus our tale comes to an end, at least for now. We leave library land to the citizens of SCC as they use all the variations of Destiny to access thousands upon thousands of wonderful stories and a plethora of knowledge to lead them through life.

If you seek further assistance in accessing the magical Destiny, please stop by the library or contact our library leader, Ms. Olson at her digital address aolson[at]scc.k12.wi.us.

We wish you a good day and remind you to DFTBA.

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