MCHENRY, Ill. and BALTIMORE, May 17, 2017 – Follett today announced it has entered into a partnership with Unbound Concepts and its flagship platform, Artifact, which helps districts, teachers, librarians and curriculum buyers discover the best content for their students. Artifact catalogs the topics, themes, concepts, educational objectives and literary elements in content — all of which can now be found as enhanced metadata tags within Titlewave, Follett's powerful collection development and curriculum support tool.
According to Katie Palencsar, CEO/Founder of Unbound Concepts, the Artifact platform's metadata tags are pulled from a fixed set of more than 700 terms that describe content, encompassing topics, themes, literary and educational elements.
"Each tag includes descriptive information and a text snippet showing how the concept appears in the text," Palencsar said. "Artifact supports a common language between teachers and librarians, which empowers stakeholders to work together to recommend the right books for a curriculum, classroom or student. Plus, it allows publishers to highlight, through search and discovery, critical elements in their text to better sell into schools and libraries."
Nader Qaimari, President for Follett School Solutions, said the partnership is a first step toward developing universal meta-tagging for K-12 instructional content incorporation, and added the use of Artifact in Titlewave will provide educators the opportunity to curate titles and lists based on specific topics, themes and curriculum elements.
"Artifact provides assurance that targeted curriculum elements exist in the texts purchased and assigned to classrooms," Qaimari said."Artifact also provides a way to develop collections around a district's scope and sequence. This partnership will allow us to provide evidence-based curation, meaning when a teacher or librarian assigns a particular text—print or digital— it supports exactly what a student needs and aligns to their instructional objective."
Each Artifact includes three key items: 1) an artifact type, which is selected from Unbound Concepts' taxonomy; 2) a rationale, which is written by a teacher and shows how and why the artifact is in the text; and 3) a quotation from the text to provide direct evidence.
Unbound Concepts partners with a variety of book distributors and publishers, including Baker & Taylor, which Follett acquired more than a year ago.
To learn more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com. To learn more about Unbound Concepts, visit www.unboundconcepts.com.
About Unbound Concepts
Unbound Concepts is a technology company founded by educators to improve the way teachers, librarians and curriculum buyers discover the content that best serves their students and patrons. Its flagship platform, Artifact Access, tags publishers' content using an extensive Artifact taxonomy identifying topics, themes, educational characteristics, literary elements and teaching standards, going far beyond traditional metadata. Artifacts inform and support the discovery of books, and serve as pre-reading tools and post-reading strategies for readers.
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 stores, 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.