Destiny Design

For a year now I’ve been working on making my Destiny homepage a visually appealing launch to our library resources, both print and digital. It started as a little project in HTML code.

Being a person who thinks taking a risk is important and that we can’t expect others to provide professional development for us, but that we must contribute…..

I volunteered to do a simple session at a spring one-day conference. Very low key.

I was a mess. I’m not a good presenter. I’m too fast, I make it too complex, but I genuinely want to help others. I’m trying to work on my flaws, but at least the help I want to offer does shine though.

I finished that workshop and one of the participants emailed me and said she wanted help with her page. We met to work on her Destiny page and she said something like, “Girl, you’ve got to do this at the state conference!”

Again, I’m trying to take risks! I had presented at a state conference before, but not on something so technical and hands on. We filled out the forms and then found ourselves signed up! I’m willing to do anything with a good sidekick.

To practice before the state session I helped a dozen local librarians work on their pages during a three hour work session. It was great! I love helping a small group and just working the room troubleshooting one issue at a time. Much better than the “follow along with me” whole group model.

For the last few months I’ve been writing tutorials and creating link images with every spare moment. I still have more on my list, but I’m taking a break for at least a week!

I have posted several Destiny tutorials here for various things, but not a lot for the homepage. Right now they are all housed at my school website. If you’d like to add widgets and visual links to your Destiny page (if you have Destiny), or if you want to know more about widgets for your school website or blog feel free to take a look at the tutorials. If you need to spice up a list of text links by adding pictures I have images you can use. I just ask that you save them and host them with your own online storage instead of linking directly to the files as they are on picasaweb.

Sound off in the comments or email me if you have any questions–I’m happy to help!

Comments

  1. I wish we had Destiny. It looks cool.
    We have Sirsi. Ummm … and that’s all I’ll say.

    PS Paragraph four? Not to be strange blog stalkerish but WE COULD BE TWINS.

  2. Echoing my friend Ms. O from the same district, I wish I had Destiny. I’ve had it before in other school districts, and it is SUCH a helpful tool for creating a community of readers and learners. Sirsi? More of an obstacle. Your Destiny home page looks great!

  3. I am so glad I found your blog!! We have destiny and I had no idea you could make it look like this! :) our ‘home page’ is totally cluttered with links and I would love to change that!! I will checkout the tutorials and get back to you soon! :)thanks for posting!

  4. Thanks for sharing your buttons! I have been using Wix to build my Destiny homepage and these will help so much!

  5. Hi Carolyn, I love your blog!! I just pinned this onto the new board I’m curating for SLJ:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/161777811586193635/
    Wish I could have made it to VAASL this year and met you. If I have met you before, pls forgive my rotten memory!

  6. I tried to use Picture Trail on my home page but nothing displays except the “Picture trail” logo and “get your own”–what am doing wrong?

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