Follett Software Co. demonstrated Destiny Textbook Manager, a centrally installed, browser-based system that helps districts or schools regulate textbook inventory and manage expenditures. To check out a textbook, librarians or other educators simply scan the book’s bar code and assign it to the student in a browser-based, menu-driven database. To return the book, they simply rescan the bar code upon receipt. Destiny Textbook Manager can be used from a single, centralized location or from individual classrooms through a network workstation with a supported web browser.

The Library Corp. (TLC) offered its AquaBrowser Library solution, a search technology for libraries that integrates subscription and external sources into a library’s catalog. TLC says AquaBrowser permits users to seamlessly view search results from such sources as electronic subscriptions, online databases, and periodicals alongside regular library catalog entries. The company says its AquaBrowser solution increases search success rates by offering immediate additional information–including graphical displays that connect research topics to other areas of study that might interest the researcher. These and other features, according to TLC, decrease costs by reducing pressure on library staff.

Questia Inc. , the online library of more than 60,000 full-text books and more than 1 million other publications, previewed its upcoming lesson plans for helping teachers integrate supplemental digital materials into instruction, which the company bills as original, standards-aligned materials written by qualified education professionals. Each lesson plan is written in a standardized, searchable format that is fully integrated with Questia’s online library and digital tools, the company said.

Thinkronize Inc., maker of the netTrekker suite of search products, announced that it has partnered with Promethean Technologies Group, maker of the ACTIVboard interactive whiteboards, to feature links to Promethean lesson plans and other educator resources. The companies said more than 500 Promethean lesson plans initially will be incorporated into the child-safe, standards-based netTrekker d.i. search engine. More lesson plans are slated for development. Promethean says its lessons feature rich, animated, sound-enabled content “to enliven classroom experiences and learning.”