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Follett

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1391 Corporate Drive
McHenry, Illinois 60050-7041
United States
Toll free: 800-323-3397
Phone: 815-344-8700
Fax: 815-344-8774
Web site: http://www.fsc.follett.com/
Email: info@fsc.follett.com


Executives


Company Ownership


Library automation systems

Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Destiny (1257 libraries, 17452 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 232
    Academic libraries: 16
    School libraries: 985
    126 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (228 libraries, 388 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 188
    Academic libraries: 7
    School libraries: 32
    683 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (93 libraries, 123 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 73
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 12
    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 (40 libraries, 66 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 27
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 8
    191 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 18192 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Follett.


Corporate Chronology

Apr 18, 2016   Follett acquires Baker and Taylor.
Apr 15, 2016   Follett acquires Bookmasters from Castle Harlan.
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.
Nov 2012   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.
Jan 2001   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.
1997   TetraData Corporation Founded.
1997   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.
1990   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..
1983   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..
1918   Charles W. Follett becomes manager of J.W. Wilcox & Follett Company.
1901   Charles W. Follett joins C.M. Barnes & Company as a clerk.
1873   Predecessor of Follett Corporation founded in 1873 by Charles M. Barnes as a used book store in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Follett News

Friday May 6, 2016

All 292 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


April 25, 2016. Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


February 23, 2016. Follett acquires ClassBook. Follett announced it has acquired ClassBook, one of the K-12 education industry’s leaders in customized online bookstores that serve schools, teachers, parents, and students. Founded in 1992 and based near Albany, NY,ClassBook provides private and parochial schools with 24/7 bookstores, streamlining and personalizing the ordering and fulfillment process for print and digital textbooks. <<more>>