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Library automation systems
Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:
- Destiny (1258 libraries, 17453 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 232
Academic libraries: 17
School libraries: 985
127 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Circulation Plus (227 libraries, 387 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 188
Academic libraries: 6
School libraries: 32
685 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Athena (94 libraries, 124 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 73
Academic libraries: 5
School libraries: 13
570 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Winnebago Spectrum (131 libraries, 163 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 115
Academic libraries: 3
School libraries: 8
814 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- InfoCentre (39 libraries, 65 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 26
Academic libraries: 4
School libraries: 8
192 libraries have migrated away from this system.
A total of 18192 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Follett.
|Apr 18, 2016||
Follett acquires Baker and Taylor from Castle Harlan.|
|Apr 15, 2016||
Follett acquires Bookmasters.|
|Mar 30, 2016||
Follett acquires Wobo.|
|Feb 23, 2016||
Follett acquires ClassBook.|
|Oct 22, 2015||
Nader Qaimari named to lead Follett School Solutions Business.|
|May 4, 2015||
Follett appoints Ray A. Griffith as President and CEO.|
|Apr 11, 2015||
Follett acquires Nebraska Book Company's retail store division.|
|Feb 2, 2015||
Follett acquires Advanced-Online.|
|Jan 27, 2014||
Todd Litzsinger named chairman of the Board of Directors for Follett Corporation.|
|Sep 5, 2013||
Follett sells BWI assetts to Baker & Taylor.|
|Apr 8, 2013||
Follett Corporation acquires BetterKnow.|
Mary Lee Schneider elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Follett Corporation.|
|Oct 4, 2010||
Follett Software Company acquires X2 Development Corporation.|
|Mar 24, 2008||
Follett Corporation acquires Fourteen40 Inc, including social networking solution CafeScribe.|
|Aug 26, 2006||
Follett acquires TetraData Corporation.|
|Jul 27, 2006||
Follett Software Company acquires library automation division of Sagebrush Corporation.|
|Jun 0, 2006||
Sagebrush spins off Sagebrush Educational Resources as a separate company.|
|Jun 0, 2006||
Follett Corporation acquires Sagebrush Corporation.|
|Oct 0, 2005||
Sagebrush releases InfoCentre.|
|Jan 1, 2003||
Follett Software Company launches Destiny.|
Sagebrush partners with Sirsi for Accent.|
|Aug 0, 1999||
Sagebrush Technologies acquires Winnebago Software Company.|
|Sep 0, 1998||
Sagebrush acquires Nichols Advanced Technologies.|
|Feb 0, 1998||
Sagebrush merges with American Companies.|
|Jan 1, 1998||
Follett releases Windows versions of Circulation Plus, Catalog Plus, and Alliance Plus..|
|Jan 1, 1998||
Thomas J. Schenck named president of Follett Software Company..|
|Sep 0, 1997||
Nichols Advanced Technologies acquires Scribe.|
TetraData Corporation Founded.|
Follett co-founds Library Systems and Services LLC.|
|Jan 1, 1994||
Sagebrush acquires Catalog Card Company.|
|Jan 1, 1994||
Follett Software Company moves into new headquarters in McHenry, IL.|
|Jan 1, 1993||
Nichols Advanced Technologies announce Windows based Athena.|
Follett acquires Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI) which distributes children's books to public libraries.|
|Jan 1, 1985||
Follett Software Company founded.|
|Jan 1, 1984||
Follett acquires Library Software Company.|
|Jan 1, 1983||
Nichols Advanced Technologies founded by Bruce Butler..|
Esquire Education Group acquires Follett Publishing Company.|
|Jan 1, 1982||
Winnebago Software Company founded by George B. “Jeb” Griffith..|
|Jan 1, 1964||
American Companies, later Econo-clad books and American Bindery, founded by Richard Crawford..|
Charles W. Follett becomes manager of J.W. Wilcox & Follett Company.|
Charles W. Follett joins C.M. Barnes & Company as a clerk.|
Predecessor of Follett Corporation founded in 1873 by Charles M. Barnes as a used book store in Wheaton, Illinois.|
Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides
The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Follett, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.
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All 295 Press Releases from Follett
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May 25, 2016. Follett launches new Makerspace Bundles for K-12 libraries.
As makerspaces continue to gain momentum in the K-12 library world to encourage students’ inquiry and exploration through hands-on production, Follett has answered by offering Makerspace Bundles. The age level-specific bundles are individually tailored for elementary, middle and high school grades, and include a variety of diverse materials, including books, building supplies, and robotic kits. The bundles, designed to save time and take the guesswork out of starting a makerspace, allow librarians to get started in the makerspace concept without doing all of the curation work themselves. The resources for the bundles are conveniently grouped together by elementary, middle, and high school and were curated by Follett's curriculum staff. Also, in a special “Makerspace Mania” section within Titlewave, guest librarians who operate their own makerspaces have created resource lists for Follett based on their experiences with students across K-12.
April 28, 2016. Follett launches Sales, Customer Service Realignment.
Follett announced it is realigning its domestic sales and customer service organizations to better support customers’ needs and to ensure schools and districts have dedicated representatives with direct expertise in the products and services they use. Follett sales team is doubling in numbers, and will provide better service through more frequent and personal customer contact. Further, Follett is creating newly specialized sales and customer service teams for Library/Classroom Content, New/Used Textbooks, Technology/Enterprise Solutions, and Private/Parochial. Library customers will once again have a dedicated customer service representative with intimate knowledge of each districts' needs.
April 26, 2016. Follett Challenge Announces Grand-Prize Winning School.
Featuring an innovative and successful STEM program that teaches 21st-century learning skills in a unique way, Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, located on Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base, is the grand-prize winner of the fifth annual Follett Challenge.
April 25, 2016. Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Print-on-demand-worldwide form partnership.
Bookmasters, one of the largest providers of integrated book publishing services, and Baker & Taylo, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products, have entered into an international partnership with Printondemand-worldwide to offer print on demand and distribution services to their publishers. PODW's inclusion in the Baker & Taylor printer network will allow Digital Print Solutions publishers to print in the UK and PODW's publishers to print in the U.S. at Bookmasters for their publisher complete need and Baker & Taylor demand.
April 18, 2016. Follett acquires Baker and Taylor.
Follett Corporation today announced it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students unprecedented access to the best curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community.
April 18, 2016. Castle Harlan sells Baker & Taylor to Follett.
Castle Harlan, Inc., the New York-based private equity investment firm, announced today that Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P. has completed the sale of Baker & Taylor, a leading global provider of print and digital books and other multimedia to libraries, institutions and retailers, to Follett Corporation, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses. The combination of the two companies creates the world’s preeminent single source of curated content and multimedia for librarians and educators, with approximately $3.6 billion of combined sales. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.
March 30, 2016. Follett Acquires Wobo, Inc., BookVolume.
Follett Corporation announced that the company has acquired Wobo, Inc., formerly Woody's Books, Inc, a leading service for independent managed campus stores to find and purchase books online in volume. The acquisition includes Wobo, Inc. assets including the BookVolume tool, enabling Follett Wholesale to leverage new technology in transforming the Wholesale business.
March 7, 2016. Follett Challenge unveils semifinalists, video winners.
A first-ever finalist from the state of Alaska highlighted today’s video announcement of the three semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice Awards in the Follett Challenge. Sponsored by Follett, the fifth annual Follett Challenge will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.
March 1, 2016. Follett now offering ThinkCERCA literacy platform.
Follett announced it has begun selling ThinkCERCA, an award-winning online literacy platform that empowers teachers to personalize critical reading, writing and thinking instruction. ThinkCERCA includes curriculum for grades 4-12 across English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. The CERCA framework, the core of the ThinkCERCA platform, provides consistent language and tools for teaching literacy and critical writing across the curriculum. ThinkCERCA is designed to bolster academic achievement and readiness for common state and college-readiness assessments, such as the ACT and SAT, in as few as six weeks.
February 27, 2016. #GoOpen initiative to support schools’ Use of OERs.
Follett announced it will join the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign committed to supporting districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources (OERs) in their schools.