[Library Media] Search Stations in Libraries

Whiting, Joshua jwhiting at graniteschools.org
Fri Nov 30 13:04:47 MST 2018


In Granite our NEs developed a great way to set up PCs as Destiny search station kiosks. I could possibly share more technical specifics about it if you are interested. Once the machine is set up all you have to do is push the power button on the computer in the morning and it automatically logs in and brings up the Destiny search screen in kiosk mode.

We also have some schools using iPads for search stations kiosks, which has been a great solution for several years but because of changes in Follett’s iOS apps there are growing problems with this setup. (Details: we used the Destiny Quest app with Guided Access. Follett is no longer updating the Destiny Quest app and it is not compatible with newer releases of iOS, so our schools are not updating the OS on those iPads. Follett did have a newer iOS app called Destiny Discover, but they recently changed this so it is no longer an actual app but just an icon shortcut that opens Destiny Discover in the iPad’s Safari browser. With it being in the browser instead of an app we can no longer lock it to Destiny with guided access, it instead gives users access to the browser.)
Josh Whiting
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From: library-media <library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org> On Behalf Of Pockrus, Lisa
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 1:45 PM
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Subject: [Library Media] Search Stations in Libraries

Hello Library Friends,
With changes in how our students connect online, our district has run into the issue of not being able to have open access to the library catalog, i.e., search stations in the library. Students can log in to a computer, as themselves, and go to Destiny to search, but they don't. Instead of learning the skill of how to find a book, they simply ask the library clerk. When classes are in the library, this becomes difficult.
What are other districts doing? Do you have a designated "search station" open? Are you using devices that can be locked to just the OPAC? Are you looking up books for students?

Please let me know what your school/district does.
Thank you!

Lisa Pockrus, MA, MS, NBCT
Ogden District Library Specialist

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