MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 10, 2017 — Follett today announced it has opened a new office in Dubai, further committing its support of international schools in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.
Specializing in global educational content, technology and services for American International, British International, and International Baccalaureate schools worldwide, Follett has unmatched experience with international schools of all curricula types. The Illinois-based company is now in nearly 150 countries.
"As the leading provider of library and classroom materials to private international schools in these important regions, our new Dubai office will provide greater service and logistical assistance to our customer base," said Steve Siegel, Senior Vice President, Global Products and International, Follett School Solutions. "In addition, our expanded presence in the UAE also supports our engagement with regional bodies and government agencies as we grow and develop our business."
As an example of Follett's commitment to the region, the company recently hosted a three-day professional development workshop in Beirut, Lebanon. Customers learned how to derive more value from Follett's products and services, and gained new skills from their peers.
"We have been very happy with the service provided by Follett," said Mary Kelly Bello, Elementary Librarian, American School of Dubai. "They are more than a ‘book vendor' as exemplified by the fantastic three-day workshop they sponsored for its customers across the Middle East. The new Dubai office is an exciting step forward for Follett, and we look forward to the continued relationship."
Siegel said international schools commonly turn to Follett for:
- Shelf-ready PreK-12 books from more than 40,000 publishers, including major U.K. and international offerings;
- Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Resource Manager, library and resource management solutions that track, manage and analyze assets;
- eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive digital content; and
- Solutions that fully support Common Core, the British National Curriculum, International Baccalaureate (including PYP, MYP and DP), and other international curricula.
Last year, Follett announced it is the new, exclusive worldwide distributor for all International Baccalaureate publishing products. All content, plus a variety of additional resources hand-picked by Follett's educational experts, are available to purchase on Titlewave, Follett's online search and ordering tool.
For more information about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.
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 preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.