This post is based on an article published in the South Carolina Association of School Librarians’ Media Center Messenger (Volume XLVIII, Issue 4).
My school district upgraded our library catalogs to Follett’s Destiny over the summer of 2010 and provided training to the school librarians in August. I was disappointed that the training provided little information on creating a Destiny home page. As I usually do, if the professional development I need is not provided by my district, I went in search of information to meet my needs.
I began combing the Internet to find great examples of Destiny home pages, and serendipitously stumbled across Alicia Vandenbroek’s Destiny home page. Not only was her home page not just a list of links, it was colorful and animated. How did she do that?
The answer: www.wix.com. Alicia discovered this awesome free web site creator that allows web pages to be embedded into other sites – including Destiny! Not only has she created an inviting home page for her school catalog, but she has also shared detailed directions that all school librarians can use to dress up their Destiny home page.
Using her directions, I created our Destiny home page as seen in the screenshot above. Wix offers many options, but one that I love is the Mini Page option. Using this option, you can create hyperlinked sections to be displayed on your home page. I created three: Library Info, Recommended Reading, and Book Trailers.
In the screenshot below, you’ll see that the left column of our home page has changed to the Recommended Reading Mini Page where I have inserted hyperlinks and a book trailer. (Disappointing news at this point for my school district: the embedded YouTube book trailers played perfectly for the first week or so, but the district once again blocked YouTube so I am currently looking for other options, including a Vimeo player that can be embedded into Wix.)
The third Mini Page I created is solely for book trailers:
Our new Destiny home page is colorful and informative. At this point, Destiny is only on our district’s Intranet so we still use our library web page as our Internet home page on library computers, providing access to more research oriented links. Although you cannot visit our page on the Internet, you can find Alicia Vandenbroek’s and her detailed directions for dressing up your own Destiny home page!
Shack Stacks, Shackelford Junior High’s Library Wiki: http://shackstacks.wikispaces.com/Find+a+Book
“Wix and Destiny” found on the Librarian’s Lounge page of the above wiki:
(The “Wix and Destiny” directions are the fifth embedded document on the page.)