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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 (1288 libraries, 17562 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 252
    Academic libraries: 24
    School libraries: 988
    133 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (204 libraries, 361 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 169
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 32
    706 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (85 libraries, 115 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 64
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 13
    584 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (117 libraries, 147 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 101
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 8
    833 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (36 libraries, 62 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 22
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 8
    199 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 18247 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Follett.


Corporate Chronology

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.
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

Thursday Sep 29, 2016

All 303 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:


September 19, 2016. Follett’s Nader Qaimari a panelist at EdNET Conference session exploring educator-education provider relationship. Nader Qaimari, who leads Follett’s PreK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, is one of five panelists selected to explore the relationship between educators and education providers at the 2016 EdNET Conference later this month in Dallas. <<more>>


August 18, 2016. Follett Destiny 14.0 Features Learning Management System Integration. Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications. Earlier this week, Follett announced a series of significant updates to its market-leading Destiny solution, including an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources. <<more>>


August 16, 2016. Follett unveils major updates to market-leading Destiny solution. Offering an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources, as well as ushering in a dramatically refreshed user interface, Follett announced one of its most significant updates ever to its Destiny product. <<more>>


August 2, 2016. Follett unveils new Professional Development series. Follett announced it has launched a new Professional Development series for educators to help them make the most of Follett technology and products through hands-on experience and real-life examples. The series, available now to PreK-12 school districts, supports the implementation of national and statewide programs and teaches educators how to help students build key 21st-century skills. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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 <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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. <<more>>


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>>