If you Give an eBook a MARC (eBook Management in Destiny)


Okay – so this will be a useful versus fun post (but I hope you find it useful!)

When you purchase eBooks, you will want your students to find and use them – so you can…

  • direct them towards the URL (with password provided)
  • enter the MARC records into your catalog so that they find them while keyword searching (my guess is that this is the most likely way students will be enticed into using the eBooks, making it a worthwhile venture)

If you rent your collection of eBooks, you may be like me and hesitate, questioning:

  • how will I handle the adds and deletes that occur within my MARC records to keep access information as accurate as possible?
  • what if I have no funding in future years and I cannot rent the collection and I end up with a ton of useless MARC records clogging up Destiny?
  • what if the collection doesn’t fly at my school and I choose not to rent the service again (leading me to the same dilemma above)?

Have no fear!  The answers are here!

I have decided that:

  1. It will be easiest to do a full file replacement annually or each time the rented collection of eBooks (I rent EBSCO High School Collection – I feel it is better for my school than the Academic Collection) is modified significantly.
  2. To do a full file replacement, I will essentially dump all MARC records associated with the eBooks within the collection and add a whole new group of MARCs (representing the most accurate title information.)
  3. To do this in Destiny, I must create a Resource List for each appropriate collection of eBooks (I have FollettShelf titles and EBSCO titles).
  4. When I go to Import, I must link the proper Resource List to the imported records.
  5. When I am ready to dump the files to add new, more accurate, ones or to completely remove them forever, I go to Export and I choose to export by list and select the delete option to delete the titles as they export.
  6. It is at this point when I would import the new titles into the Resource List.

So, yesterday, I was at POWER Library training and I realized that I want to do a full file replacement within our state interlibrary loan union catalog.  I will essentially want to supply them with MARCs for all of my print materials, but not my electronic materials (which I cannot lend to other libraries).  To do this in Destiny, I would:

  1. Export based upon list with each list of eBooks selecting the delete option. (Update after new information from a different Destiny Tech Support Rep:  this should be after a backup of Destiny where you can restore to the backed up version to retain the circulation history of the title)
  2. Once all ebooks are exported/deleted, I would export a file of ALL materials within Destiny without deleting the materials upon export and I would send that file for the full file replacement into the union catalog.
  3. After I send the file to HSLC, I would import each of my files which contain the ebooks associating them back to the proper Resource List. (I believe this step would be unnecessary if you opt for the backup and then restoring to the past version to retain the circulation history)

I put in an enhancement request with Destiny asking that they build a feature that allows us to exclude multiple resource lists (I know I have two total: one for FollettShelf and one for EBSCO) from an export (which will keep us from having to delete records and then re-enter them)

Hope this helps you manage your eBook MARC records in Destiny!

Image citation:

Waggener, Pen. “Sea Change.” Flickr. N.p., 3 Aug. 2010. Web. 27 Sept. 2013.


Take a Walk on the “Cell” Side


At our school, we have been granted the opportunity to allow the students to use cell phones during instruction.  If you know me, you know that I was more than ready and excited to jump on board.

Where would I begin?

We received training by our district administrators at the beginning of the school year.  One session that I selected was on questioning and discussion techniques; this is an element of instruction that I feel that I can improve upon.

I teach A LOT of research skills with the hopes of guiding students towards independence and broadened knowledge about research.  First semester senior classes are beginning their required research papers and I came up with discussion questions for each segment.

How did it look?

My next lesson was on utilizing Twitter in order to keep abreast of trending issues related to the selected research topic.  I came up with three questions and developed a Padlet site (which is an electronic sticky wall program where students can link to the page (without logging in), double click, and type.)  My first question to them was to survey how many students had phones on them.  Any students that did not have phones were partnered with those that did.  My second step was to direct the students towards the Padlet wall and type in their name to ensure that they each understood the process.  Next, I was able to ask the questions: “How can we use Twitter for research?”; “How might using Twitter be an advantage over other resources?”; and lastly, “How would you contact an expert that you found on Twitter?”

How did we like it?

I liked the fact that this was a great pre-assessment to learn how much each class knew coming in.  One class surprised me with how well-versed they were using Twitter and how it could apply to the research process.  Another class surprised me that they needed more guidance than I had thought that they would.  Others were more in the middle.

The students told me that they liked using Padlet and would like to use it again.  I feel that it may have the “blog effect” to a certain degree – where students who may be too shy to verbally offer input may “speak up” and add to the conversation and it reduces the “one or two students offering all of the answers effect.”


Each time a new class would come in, I would delete the responses since we are currently only using one Padlet wall.  Our Padlet wall is currently empty, waiting readily for the next incorporation of sticky notes.  However, this link offers results of a YouTube search on using Padlet in the Classroom.

Good luck!  By the way, you do not need cell phones – you may use computers or other devices.

Respond!  How do you harness cell phones to improve instruction?

Photo citation:

“A cell phone displays an application designed by U.S. Airmen supporting Joint
Task Force-National Capital Region 130116-A-MZ229-001.” Wikimedia Commons.
N.p., 20 Jan. 2013. Web. 20 Sept. 2013. <http://commons.wikimedia.org/