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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 (1232 libraries, 17371 facilities in
    Public libraries: 223
    Academic libraries: 15
    School libraries: 972
    104 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (248 libraries, 408 facilities in
    Public libraries: 209
    Academic libraries: 7
    School libraries: 32
    658 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (99 libraries, 129 facilities in
    Public libraries: 78
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 12
    559 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (149 libraries, 184 facilities in
    Public libraries: 133
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 8
    792 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (49 libraries, 76 facilities in
    Public libraries: 37
    Academic libraries: 4
    School libraries: 7
    174 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 18168 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

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

All 260 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:

July 24, 2015. Project Connect takes action to support future-ready K-12 libraries, librarians. Project Connect has announced new initiatives designed to support the cause of future-ready libraries and librarians, all with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning in a dynamic digital world. The organization’s Library Leadership Committee held its first round of think-tank sessions at the ISTE ’15 Conference in Philadelphia, where the team developed plans to advocate for school library programs through the promotion of innovative and progressive models in use around the country. <<more>>

July 16, 2015. Follett Partners with The Classroom Library Company to launch exclusive new classroom solutions. As part of its introduction of the Follett Classroom Libraries new product line, Follett today announced it would be partnering with The Classroom Library Company (CLC), a St. Louis-based distributor and publisher of educational media correlated to state and national standards. The announcement coincides with the start of the annual International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference, where both companies will be exhibiting. <<more>>

June 25, 2015. Follett now exclusive distributor of Playaway Launchpad. Findaway and Follett School Solutions today announced Follett is the exclusive PreK-12 distributor of Playaway Launchpad, the pre-loaded and secure children’s learning tablet designed specifically for circulation. Introduced by Findaway in March 2015, Playaway Launchpad delivers high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. It provides schools with a secure tablet that serves the PreK-12 market and directly addresses the common pain points of retail tablets. <<more>>

June 11, 2015. Follett acquires Nebraska Book Company's retail store division. Follett Corporation and Nebraska Book Company announced that Follett has purchased Neebo, Nebraska Book Company's retail store division. The agreement adds more than 200 complementary campus retail stores to Follett's portfolio, making Follett the operator of more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across North America. For Nebraska Book Company, the agreement underscores its full commitment of resources to providing textbooks, strategic services and technology products to independent college retailers nationwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Follett has acquired Nebraska Book Company's on-campus and off-campus stores, including correlating assets and inventory owned or leased by Neebo. <<more>>

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>>