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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
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Company Ownership

Library automation systems

Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Destiny (1253 libraries, 17414 facilities in
    Public libraries: 234
    Academic libraries: 17
    School libraries: 980
    112 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (238 libraries, 398 facilities in
    Public libraries: 199
    Academic libraries: 7
    School libraries: 32
    672 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (95 libraries, 125 facilities in
    Public libraries: 74
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 12
    562 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (143 libraries, 178 facilities in
    Public libraries: 127
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 8
    798 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (47 libraries, 74 facilities in
    Public libraries: 35
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 7
    176 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 18189 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Follett.

Corporate Chronology

Jan 27, 2014   Todd Litzsinger named chairman of the Board of Directors for Follett Corporation.
Nov 2012   Mary Lee Schneider elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Follett Corporation.
Oct 4, 2010   Follett Software Company acquires X2 Development Corporation.
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.
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..
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..

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Follett News

Friday Nov 27, 2015

All 272 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:

November 19, 2015. Follett, New Dimension Media announce partnership. Follett and New Dimension Media announced a partnership for Follett to exclusively distribute NDM's CCC! Streaming Media to K-12 schools across the United States and Canada. CCC! Streaming Media's comprehensive video collection is licensed for use in the classroom and provides essential tools to embed video into the curriculum including teacher support material, student connection activities and assessments. <<more>>

November 18, 2015. New Follett Top 50 Books list gives educators valuable insight into what students are reading. Follett has launched Students’ Choice, a monthly list developed by compiling regularly generated, real-circulation statistics straight from school libraries. Unlike other lists, the information compiled through Follett Destiny Library Manager provides educators with regularly updated and reliable year-long trends based on what students are checking out of their school libraries. <<more>>

November 10, 2015. Follett announces Follett Community where educators are talking, connecting, collaborating. When K-12 educators have questions, more and more are turning to Follett Community for answers. An online gathering place where teachers, administrators and librarians can share knowledge and engage in discussions on a wide range of topics, Follett Community provides members a space to share ideas, solutions, and collaborate with other K-12 learning professionals. <<more>>

November 2, 2015. Follett Integrates with eBook providers to create open content repository for PreK-12 districts. Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources. <<more>>

November 2, 2015. Follett is new, exclusive distributor for International Baccalaureate materials, merchandise worldwide. Follett School Solutions is the new, exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate publishing products, formerly available at the IB’s online store. <<more>>

October 29, 2015. Fifth Annual Follett Challenge to launch Monday. The $200,000 Follett Challenge returns for a fifth year and again will highlight and reward the most innovative K-12 programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. The 2016 contest launches Monday, November 2, 2015. <<more>>

October 22, 2015. Nader Qaimari named to lead Follett School Solutions Business. Follett Corporation, a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts and college campuses for more than 140 years, announced the appointment of Nader Qaimari to lead its preK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, effective immediately. <<more>>

October 5, 2015. New Managed Services offering from Follett designed to help K-12 administrators save time, money, space. Follett announced a new offering – Managed Services – directed at administrators and designed to help districts eliminate both routine and seasonal tasks involved in managing resources, ultimately saving significant time, money and space. <<more>>

September 23, 2015. Follett Partners with Cengage’s National Geographic Learning. Follett has partnered with National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, to provide its customers with convenient access to NGL’s catalog of textbooks and supplemental materials in both print and digital form. NGL is the K-12 brand for Cengage Learning – a leading educational content, technology, and services company – following Cengage’s acquisition of National Geographic School Publishing. <<more>>

August 17, 2015. Follett partners With Dr. Susan B. Neuman’s acclaimed early childhood reading program. Follett announced today it is partnering with early childhood education expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman to become the exclusive distributor of World of Words (WOW), a new, research-based, shared book reading program for children at the PreK-1 grade levels. Developed by Dr. Neuman, who established the Early Reading First Program and Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, WOW helps build vocabulary and comprehension. <<more>>