September 16, 2021
Follett Aspen Student Information System partners with MyFlexLearning. Follett School Solutions and Nash Consulting, LLC, announced a partnership to integrate the Follett Aspen Student Information System with Nash Consulting's MyFlexLearning, a flexible scheduling platform. Together, the two systems give schools the benefit of the robust Aspen master scheduler and the ability to provide flexible and personalized daily offerings for students via MyFlexLearning. [Full Announcement].
September 15, 2021
Follett Literacy Program Giveaway Provides Students Chance to Win Video Conference Visit with Author Who Inspired International Dot Day. Children's author Peter H. Reynolds, who is in the spotlight today with the global celebration of International Dot Day, will soon be participating in a live video conference with one lucky classroom, thanks to the Write to Connect program from Follett School Solutions. [Full Announcement].
September 1, 2021
Francisco Partners acquires Follett School Solutions. Follett Corporation announced the sale of Follett School Solutions, the company's K-12 software and content division, to Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused global investment firm. Follett School Solutions, based in McHenry, Ill., is a longtime trusted educational partner to K-12 schools and districts that provides software and content products, including Follett Destiny, FSS' market-leading library management system with installations in more than 75,000 K-12 schools worldwide. FSS will join Francisco Partners' growing portfolio of K-12 education-focused businesses and technologies, including Renaissance Learning, Discovery Education, Freckle, myON and Mystery Science. [Full Announcement].
August 5, 2021
Follett promotes Linda Semmler to VP of Publisher Relations, Content, and Book Fair Merchandising. Linda Semmler has been promoted to vice president of publisher relations and content & book fair merchandising for Follett School Solutions, the company announced today. With 25 years of experience, Semmler most recently served as vice president of product & merchandising for Book Fairs and eFairs for Follett. [Full Announcement].
May 27, 2021
Start Reading Now Again partners with Follett to help counter Summer Slide, pandemic learning loss. Again this year, nearly 2,750 local young students from predominantly low-income families will be receiving free print books to read over the summer as the result of a continuing charitable effort led by Start Reading Now, a local literacy nonprofit organization, and powered by Follett, an Illinois-based education solutions provider. [Full Announcement].
April 27, 2021
Follett releases new digital classroom library solution. Follett today is releasing Follett MyDestiny, a digital classroom library providing educators and students in grades 3-12 unlimited, around-the-clock access to diverse eBooks, vetted resources, and learning tools with the goal of getting books in the hands of students, building background knowledge, and encouraging independent reading. [Full Announcement].
April 8, 2021
Follett announces flexible, affordable mode of Delivery for eBooks. Follett is introducing a flexible and affordable, short-term eBook solution, ideal for schools seeking a digital counterpart to their classroom novels. The Follett eBooks: 90-Day Assigned-User Access Model, intended to keep students reading anywhere, will help bridge the gap between classroom and remote learning. [Full Announcement].
April 5, 2021
Baker & Taylor's Aman Kochar named Top Global Leader In EdTech awards. Amandeep Kochar, executive vice president and general manager of Baker & Taylor, has been named winner of the “Global Leader” category in the 2021 EdTech Awards by EdTech Digest. The award is from “The EdTech Leadership Awards” portion of this year's contest. [Full Announcement].
March 18, 2021
Follett unveils two new Aspen SIS Modules for supporting students, families remotely. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, schools were faced with many challenges — beyond remote learning to include managing previously in-person paper-based processes as well as monitoring and fulfilling students' social and emotional needs. To meet these new and evolving needs of school districts, Follett today announced the additions of two key modules for its Aspen Student Information System (SIS). [Full Announcement].
February 16, 2021
Remembering David Cully (1952-2021). David Cully, 68, died Sunday (Feb. 14) following a battle with cancer. Cully joined Baker & Taylor, a Follett company, in 2008 and served in several leadership roles before being named President of the business in 2017. Mr. Cully retired from Baker & Taylor in August 2019. He previously held various chief executive and executive president positions at Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, Putnam Berkley Publishing Group and Waldenbooks. [Full Announcement].
December 17, 2020
Follett Higher Education Group Announces 88% Increase in Ecommerce Sales. Follett Higher Education Group today announced that online orders across Follett's 1,250 ecommerce websites increased by 93% YTD as a result of consumers shifting spending from in-store to online since the early days of the pandemic. [Full Announcement].
November 21, 2020
Follett Book eFairs enhance shipping options to include students homes. Follett Book eFairs continue to grow in popularity due to their streamlined setup and the ease with which coordinators can carry them out. Yet another convenient feature was added today when Follett announced it will ship online book fair orders directly to students' homes. Online book fair coordinators can now choose to have books shipped to either the school or students' home -- a convenience that Britten Follett knows will be met with applause from educators as well as elementary and middle school students and their families. [Full Announcement].
November 17, 2020
Follett Adapts SIS to Help Districts During Distance Learning. As the COVID-19 pandemic calls upon many schools and districts to continue distance learning, Follett has responded to educators' needs by adding new convenient features to its student information system, which serves more than two million students throughout the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].
October 28, 2020
Baker & Taylor returns as full-service vendor to academic libraries. Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment, announced it is once again a full-service vendor to academic libraries. A Follett company, Baker & Taylor will be serving academic libraries worldwide with the widest range of library products and services to institutions, as well as the most comprehensive range and deepest inventory of books, movies, and music for colleges and universities. [Full Announcement].
September 30, 2020
New Follett Tags a valuable Search-and-Find resource for educators. Shannon McClintock Miller knows first-hand the time she and her teacher-librarian peers can spend searching for standards-aligned resources and high-quality content – time that could better be spent with students. Created by teachers for teachers, Follett is introducing Follett Tags, unique curriculum tags designed to help teachers and librarians quickly find the best quality educational materials relevant to instruction. [Full Announcement].
September 15, 2020
California’s Ed Tech JPA Consortium Contracts With Follett to Streamline Procurement of Aspen Student Information System. California's Ed Tech Joint Powers Authority has contracted with Follett to provide streamlined procurement of Follett Aspen Student Information System (SIS). Ed Tech JPA provides all California educational agencies with the opportunity to leverage competitively-priced digital technology contracts, while saving time and ensuring that data privacy and public procurement laws are followed. [Full Announcement].
August 27, 2020
Follett Online Book Fairs a Convenient Option to Keep Kids Reading. Whether the 2020-21 school year is starting in the classroom or remotely, Follett is ensuring elementary and middle school students won't be missing out on one of their favorite back-to-school traditions: the book fair. With Follett Book eFairs, events can be held 100 percent virtually with schools choosing the dates that work best for them, students are empowered to select the books they wish to read, and families are afforded the opportunity to conveniently purchase books online. [Full Announcement].
August 13, 2020
Follett's new Destiny release features new apps for in-school or remote use. With this week's release of Destiny 18.0, Follett announced it is unveiling brand-new apps that have been designed from the ground up to bring an easy-to-use, personalized experience to school library patrons using mobile devices. The apps will conveniently facilitate the use of library materials whether students are learning in school or remotely [Full Announcement].
July 21, 2020
Britten Follett Named to EBMA Board of Directors. Britten Follett, who leads Follett's PreK-12 business, has been named to the Educational Book & Media Association's (EBMA) board of directors. The Warrenton, Va.-based not-for-profit association is committed to developing better techniques and procedures for the sales, marketing, and distribution of print books and related media in the school and library markets. [Full Announcement].
July 1, 2020
Follett Partners with Nonprofits to Promote Summer Reading. Two not-for-profit organizations serving young students from low-income families have partnered with Follett and its online book fairs to keep kids reading to help counter the “summer slide,” which is expected to have greater impact this year when combined with the COVID-19 school closures. [Full Announcement].