McHENRY, Ill. and NEW YORK, June 21, 2016. 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 young readers with their friends, teachers, librarians and parents in a safe and private space.
"Our integrated platform will immediately extend the reach of school libraries' resources into the classroom and to the most important consumer of the resources – the students," said Marjan Ghara, Founder and CEO of Biblionasium. "This integration was mainly driven by our mutual user communities, who wanted to connect the existing resources in their Destiny-managed school libraries to Biblionasium's student-centric engaging digital platform."
The chief benefits of the Follett-Biblionasium integration include:
- Single sign-on between the two platforms;
- Real-time information and access of library resources through Destiny;
- Actionable data for educators to guide and monitor effective student reading programs;
- Facilitate and promote the discovery of existing school library resources for students; and
- Real-time reports and data on student reading preferences and reading habits for school librarians to help with their collection planning.
For Follett, the partnership represents another step in its ongoing commitment to an "open approach to education," helping to ensure teachers and students have access to resources where they need them and when they need them.
"This integration is a positive, powerful and safe way to engage young readers, plus help connect libraries and librarians with students and parents," said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. "We're honored to partner with Marjan Ghara and her team at Biblionasium, as they are passionate and committed to their mission of helping kids fall in love with reading."
Biblionasium is an AASL-awarded "Best Websites for Teaching and Learning" and a COPPA-compliant digital platform that allows young readers to connect all their key constituents as well as to rate, review and recommend books within their trusted community. Biblionasium provides tools and resources to advance children's literacy and foster their love of reading, Ghara said.
"Our goal is to instill the habit of reading and to raise a generation of passionate readers," she stressed. "Many have labeled us as the ‘Goodreads for Kids', but we go beyond the social, cataloging and recommendation aspects of Goodreads. We have added reading challenges, virtual rewards, online reading logs, and we also provide invaluable data and reports to educators and parents to support the children's reading. We are very excited about our partnership with Follett because it will considerably enhance the way we assist librarians, teachers and the children we support."
For more information about Follett, visit FollettLearning.com. Attendees at the 2016 ALA (American Library Association) Conference in Orlando, June 23-28, can find Follett on the exhibit floor at booth 1021. Attendees at the 2016 ISTE Conference in Denver, June 27-29, can find Follett on the exhibit floor at booth 2903.
For more information about Biblionasium, visit Biblionasium.com.
Biblionasium is the largest and fastest growing digital platform that supports and promotes independent reading for K-8 students. The multiple award-winning COPPA compliant site is the tool of choice for Librarians and Teachers to motivate, manage and measure students' reading, to reach their goals and achieve success. Among its many features are virtual bookshelves, reading challenges, virtual awards, online logs, real-time reports and an interactive book discovery tool. Fun for Kids and powerful for Educators and Parents, Biblionasium supports literacy by fostering the love of reading.
About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves more than half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.