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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 (1237 libraries, 17256 facilities in
    Public libraries: 228
    Academic libraries: 16
    School libraries: 971
    95 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (251 libraries, 411 facilities in
    Public libraries: 212
    Academic libraries: 7
    School libraries: 32
    654 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (101 libraries, 131 facilities in
    Public libraries: 80
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 12
    556 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (150 libraries, 185 facilities in
    Public libraries: 134
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 8
    789 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (51 libraries, 79 facilities in
    Public libraries: 39
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 7
    172 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 18062 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

Saturday May 30, 2015

All 256 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:

May 27, 2015. Follett to Offer HarperCollins eBooks to PreK-12 Students Nationwide. Follett announced it has launched a robust collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. <<more>>

May 4, 2015. Follett appoints Ray A. Griffith as President and CEO. Follett Corporation, a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts and college campuses for more than 140 years, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ray A. Griffith as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Mary Lee Schneider, who has retired from Follett as both President and Chief Executive Officer and Director. <<more>>

April 30, 2015. Follett Challenge Announces 2015 Winner. Follett Corporation announced the winners of the fourth annual Follett Challenge, which empowers innovation and rewards ground-breaking educational programs. O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove School District No. 58 in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been awarded the Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services. <<more>>

April 2, 2015. Follett’s Destiny upgrade features EasyBib integration. Follett this week announced several innovative enhancements to Universal Search, the powerful content search and discovery tool available in the latest upgrade of Destiny Library Manager. New features include integration with EasyBib, an intuitive information literacy platform that provides students with citation, note-taking and research tools. <<more>>

March 12, 2015. ThinkCERCA, Follett announce partnership to fuel expansion of literacy opportunities for students everywhere. Chicago-based ThinkCERCA and Follett Corporation announced a strategic partnership to expand access to web-based academic reading and writing instruction for students everywhere. The announcement also marks the completion of ThinkCERCA’s $3.2 million Series A round, led by the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million capital funding source for new educational technologies established by Follett in 2013. Other investment partners include Math Venture Partners, Amicus Capital, Great Oaks Venture Capital and Chuck Templeton. <<more>>

March 11, 2015. Follett Forges ebook Partnership with Carolina Biological Supply. Follett announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a leading supplier of science labs, materials, and investigations to support biology and chemistry teachers for more than 80 years. Both companies will be exhibitors at this week’s NSTA Conference, which starts Thursday at McCormick Place West. With the launch of Carolina Biological Supply’s real-world curriculum, Titlewave – Follett’s powerful collection development, search and ordering tool – now provides access to more than 300,000 ebook titles for schools nationwide. <<more>>

February 19, 2015. Survey reveals two-thirds of schools are using digital resources to boost student performance. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. and Canadian K-12 school districts are executing digital content plans aimed at helping students succeed in and out of the classroom, according to a recent survey conducted by cloud-based differentiated learning application Learning Bird. The survey results reveal 65 percent of school districts are transitioning to digital learning environments that align digital content with curricula while also providing teachers with professional development opportunities. <<more>>

February 9, 2015. Follett to Debut Summer School Reading, Math Bundles. Follett announced it is debuting exclusive, high-interest summer school reading and math bundles designed to bring students up to grade level, keep them engaged and help avoid summer slide. The bundles are geared to students who for the 2015-16 school year will be entering grades 2-6, especially those at risk of failing. <<more>>

February 4, 2015. Follett Invests in Follett Corporation announced a strategic investment in, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follett’s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes. is a global online adaptive learning platform that takes a personalized approach toward driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development. Launched in 2011, established itself as a leading consumer and K12 learning platform. Today more than 4 million unique monthly visitors rely on to master words critical to their academic, business and personal success.’s adaptive learning platform uses a “big data” approach to make intelligent choices about what words a particular user needs to master, what questions to ask about those words, and when to ask the questions. <<more>>

January 22, 2015. Washington D.C. K-12 School District Selects Follett’s Aspen Student Information System. District of Columbia Public Schools has selected Follett and its Aspen solution. Follett’s Aspen SIS will help the 47,000-student district capture, report, manage and analyze its student data, support enrollment, scheduling and behavior, and help track student attendance and prevent truancy. Comprised of 111 elementary and secondary schools and learning centers located in Washington, D.C., DCPS introduced Aspen into its elementary schools this year and plans to implement the solution districtwide this summer. <<more>>