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Penn Libraries Community Engagement: Destiny LM Basics

Created for members of the community outreach team for training, on-boarding, and software tutorials.

On This Page

  • Checking books in and out aka Circulation 
  • Adding a book aka Cataloging
  • Printing Labels from Destiny LM

Circulation

Where in Destiny…

Tab: Circulation

Check Out

Sidebar: Check Out

  1. Scan Patron’s Barcode or type in name to Find Patron and select
  2. Scan Book’s Destiny Barcode or type in title to Find Copy and select
  3. Double check the screen that the copy is checked out to the correct patron

Check In

Sidebar: Check In

  1. Scan Book’s Destiny Barcode or type in title to Find Copy and select 
  2. Double check the screen that the copy is either returned or in-library use

Do this when…

Check Out books to patrons before they leave the library. Refer to any checkout policy for limits and overdue policy

Check In any books you find in the drop book, handed to you by patrons or out of place in the library. A patron may have intended to return the book by laying it on a table or placing it on a shelf.

Cataloging

Where in Destiny…

Tab: Catalog

Sidebar: Add Title

Steps…

  1. Find matching title info
  • Set to find with ISBN
  • Type ISBN (publisher’s barcode)

                                     or

  • Set to & search by Title or Author
  1. Select title by clicking details
  1. Add copies
  2. Add barcode
  • Preprinted Destiny barcode
    • Select starting barcode & scan

                                            or

  • No Destiny printed barcodes available
    • Select assign next barcode 
    • Write down number for printing later
  1. Type in *call number aka spine label
  2. Select save copies

Before you shelve make sure Destiny barcode and spine label are affixed and protected 

To add another book select Add Title

Do this when…

You have a book that you think would be a great addition to the library! In order for students to check out the book we need to put a record of the book in the Destiny catalog. This is called cataloging. 

A+ vs Red House

A+ is a title record that comes from another library catalog. When you add a copy to a A+ title record you are also copying the title record to the district catalog.

The Red House is a title record that is already in the district catalog. When you add a copy to a Red House record you are allowing for multiple copies under one title record which will make later search results and circulation reports more streamlined. After you add an A+ record a copy of that record with a Red House will appear in add title search results. 

If the Red House record has incomplete data or just generally doesn't look like a good match, see if you can find a better A+ record to add instead. Otherwise go ahead and add a copy to the Red House record. 

Printing Labels

Printing Labels Before Cataloging

Where in Destiny…

Tab: Reports

Sidebar: Library Reports

Header: Labels

Label Stock: Avery Address Labels 5160

Steps…

  1. Select Barcode Labels
  2. Orange tab on the right, select Unused
  3. Number of Barcodes: multiple of 30
  4. Starting Barcode  
  • Check under Report Manager for latest  Unused Library Copy Barcode Labels
  • Find the last barcode number & add

or

  • Check current print outs for last barcode number printed & add 1 

or

  • Run a Barcode List report for Used  Barcode Numbers & add 1 to last number
  1. Run the report and refresh list 
  2. Print on plain paper first to test offset. Print full scale and adjust offset as necessary. Then print on label stock, full scale, one sided.

Do this when…

You will not have access to a printer shortly after cataloging, but you can print ahead of time. Ie you plan to select starting barcode when you catalog.

You can also print spine labels after cataloging by selecting Spine/Pocket Labels. For that Label Stock we tend to use Demco 7 by 14 aka Demco ¾” x 1”

 

Printing Barcodes After Cataloging

Where in Destiny…

Tab: Reports

Sidebar: Library Reports

Header: Labels

Label Stock: Avery Address Labels 5160

Steps…

  1. Select Barcode Labels
  2. Orange tab on the right, select Used
  3. Select by Barcode Range or Date/Time Copies Added. 

You also select by list, see Creating Lists  

  1. Type in either the range of barcodes used during cataloging or the date of cataloging, 

Try to do ranges in multiples of 30

  1. Click boxes for including site name, title, author and call number
  2. Run the report and refresh list   
  3. Print on plain paper first to test offset. Print full scale and adjust offset as necessary. Then print on label stock, full scale, one sided.

Do this when…

You have access to a printer shortly after cataloging. Ie you selected assign next barcode when you were cataloging. You can print both barcodes and spine labels. 

You can also print just spine labels by selecting Spine/Pocket Labels. For that Label Stock we tend to use Demco 7 by 14 aka Demco ¾” x 1”

Destiny Training Presentation

Feel free to download these pdfs and powerpoint slides when leading a training in Destiny LM or for personal reference. Notes for each operation covered in the presentation can be found below or throughout these guide pages.