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Library automation systems
Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:
- Destiny (1271 libraries, 17466 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 236
Academic libraries: 23
School libraries: 988
129 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Circulation Plus (220 libraries, 380 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 183
Academic libraries: 5
School libraries: 32
689 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Athena (91 libraries, 121 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 70
Academic libraries: 6
School libraries: 13
576 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Winnebago Spectrum (129 libraries, 161 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 113
Academic libraries: 3
School libraries: 8
820 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- InfoCentre (39 libraries, 65 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 25
Academic libraries: 5
School libraries: 8
194 libraries have migrated away from this system.
A total of 18193 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.
Wednesday Jul 27, 2016
All 299 Press Releases from Follett
10 most recent items:
June 26, 2016. Future Ready Schools announces new project to help recognize school librarians as leaders in school transformation.
Future Ready Schools (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education—announced Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. The Future Ready initiative helps district leaders recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning.
June 21, 2016. Follett, Biblionasium partner to engage young readers.
Follett and Biblionasium announced today they are joining forces in an exclusive partnership with the goal of supporting the independent reading activities of students, ages 6 to 13. In August Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager will be seamlessly integrated with Biblionaisum’s award-winning digital platform that connects
June 14, 2016. Follett’s Aspen Student Information System to partner with SRC Solutions for online registration process.
Follett has selected the Gateway Suite from SRC Solutions, Inc. as its preferred and exclusive Online Registration development partner for the Aspen Student Information System. As part of the relationship, Aspen will be integrating Registration Gateway and Central Records Gateway to provide paperless end-to-end solutions for Online Registration and Electronic Cumulative Folder Management.The fully integrated solution will be known as Gateway Suite for Aspen.
June 2, 2016. Illinois PreK-8 District selects Follett’s Aspen Student Information System.
Following a comprehensive search process for a new student information system (SIS), Joliet Public Schools District 86 has adopted Follett’s Aspen SIS. The search committee, comprised of 40 key stakeholders, met for nearly two years to identify and select the SIS that best fit the needs of the PreK-8 district, which is home to 12,000 students in 21 schools.
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.