CHICAGO, March 11, 2015 – Follett today announced an ebook partnership with Carolina Biological Supply, a leading supplier of science labs, materials, and investigations to support biology and chemistry teachers for more than 80 years. Both companies will be exhibitors at this week's NSTA Conference, which starts Thursday at McCormick Place West.
With the launch of Carolina Biological Supply's real-world curriculum, Titlewave – Follett's powerful collection development, search and ordering tool – now provides access to more than 300,000 ebook titles for schools nationwide.
"We are very pleased to be working with Carolina Biological Supply, a leader in STEM content and services in the K-12 market," said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. "We sought out Carolina due to its reputation for credibility, engaging content and commitment to creating the very best science curriculum."
According to Carolina Biological Supply's Bruce Wilcox, both "Biology: Concepts and Practices" and "Chemistry: Concepts and Practices" challenge students to gather information and evidence from hands-on inquiry and real-world texts, while helping them understand disciplinary core ideas mandated by state and national standards. Wilcox added the biology and chemistry courses were developed by the Education Development Center (EDC) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
"Our relationship with Follett allows us to quickly expand access to both our ‘Concepts and Practices' courses in biology and chemistry to teachers throughout Follett's ecosystem of services," said Wilcox, vice president. "These programs are introductory courses in high school biology and chemistry that use real-world events – ongoing changes in our ecosystems, Hindenburg disaster, Anthrax scare – to drive student engagement and interest."
With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools. Follett customers are able to seamlessly search and access all print and digital content within the convenience of Destiny Library ManagerTM, the leading school library management solution. Destiny features Universal Search, an innovative tool that gives students the ability to access content they need from one system with a consistent user experience. Follett customers without the Destiny platform use Follett Shelf TM, the company's free eContent management platform. Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.
Both companies will both be exhibiting at this week's NSTA Conference: Follett at booth #558, Carolina Biological Supply at booth #1131.
To learn more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com; to learn more about Carolina Biological Supply, visit www.carolina.com.
About Carolina Biological Supply
From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company has grown to become a leading supplier of science teaching materials. Today, from its headquarters in Burlington, N.C., it serves customers worldwide, including teachers, professors, home-school educators, and professionals in health and science-related fields. To learn more about Carolina Biological, visit www.carolina.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
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.