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April 4, 2018

(Follett) Follett announced Follett Book Fairs, which launched regionally at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, will expand into Texas, effective August 2018. Nader Qaimari, Follett School Solutions’ president, made the announcement at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas, and said Follett Book Fairs will begin with PreK-8 schools in the Houston and Dallas areas.

April 3, 2018

(Follett) A new advisory board has been formed by Follett to help K-12 school libraries make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more student friendly, bookstore-like layout based on genres. The Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of nearly 20 national and international librarians and media specialists, will meet for the first time this week at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas to help establish a set of genre standards.

March 27, 2018

(Follett) A full-day workshop just prior to the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago will explore how K-12 librarian leaders can lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their schools and districts, develop an action plan for their library programs, and delve into the challenges and best practices surrounding empowering Future Ready Librarians.

March 1, 2018

(Follett) The Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Follett Challenge will be selected from among an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska; a middle school in the Bronx, N.Y.; and a high school in Durham, N.C. In an online announcement today, organizers of the Follett Challenge unveiled the seventh annual competition’s three diverse Semifinalists, as well as the 10 People’s Choice winners.

February 13, 2018

(Follett) With its latest release of Destiny, Follett continues to make impactful advances to its market-leading library/resource management solution. Destiny 15.5 provides enhancements to help students and teachers more easily find the best resources to meet learning goals and objectives, and includes updates to the entire Destiny family of products – Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover, Collections by Destiny, Destiny Resource Manager and Destiny Analytics.

January 17, 2018

(Follett) The public voting will begin next week for the seventh annual Follett Challenge’s “People’s Choice” awards as the 133 schools and districts entered in this year’s competition vie for prizes worth $8,000 each in products and services from Follett. The 10 “People’s Choice” prizes will be awarded to those schools/districts that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their three- to five-minute videos, which were submitted as part of the application process.

(Follett) The public voting will begin next week for the seventh annual Follett Challenge’s “People’s Choice” awards as the 133 schools and districts entered in this year’s competition vie for prizes worth $8,000 each in products and services from Follett. The 10 “People’s Choice” prizes will be awarded to those schools/districts that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their three- to five-minute videos, which were submitted as part of the application process.

January 16, 2018

(Follett) Follett Corporation, higher education’s leading campus retailer and operator of college stores, announced today that it is making a $50M investment to transform the company’s collegiate eCommerce platform. The company’s shift to “headless” eCommerce keeps Follett at the cutting edge of commercial online retailing.

December 4, 2017

(Follett) Follett Corporation announced that President and CEO Ray A. Griffith will retire from the company at the end of the current fiscal year in March 2018. The Board has appointed former Sodexo executive Patrick E. Connolly to succeed Griffith as President and CEO, effective January 2, 2018.

November 9, 2017

(Follett) In its continuing effort to serve the growing makerspace movement, Follett announced today it will sell a selection of LEGO Education solutions. These solutions will be offered by Follett specifically for school librarians in the U.S. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their library.

October 23, 2017

(Follett) The 2018 Follett Challenge, open for entries through Dec. 15, will reward $200,000 in products and services from Follett to schools/districts with innovative educational programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply.

October 21, 2017

(Follett) Follett is being honored by the Illinois School Library Media Association with the organization’s 2017 Pillar Award. Follett will receive the honor Friday Oct. 20, 2017 at ISLMA’s Awards Dinner Banquet in Springfield, Ill., which caps the association’s three-day 2017 conference.

October 2, 2017

(Follett) Follett announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly anticipated launch that will see the company maximize its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students. The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year. Librarians familiar with Follett have been eager to get their schools signed up.

September 19, 2017

(Follett) Bernards Township School District in Basking Ridge, N.J., capped an extensive two-year search by selecting Follett’s Aspen for its new student information system. The PreK-12 district implemented Aspen in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

September 14, 2017

(Follett) Follett announced its popular Rewards program is returning, allowing customers to accrue points on purchases and redeem them for valuable products. Customers will earn points on all textbook, consumable and buyback transactions, including any qualifying purchases made on or after April 1.

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