McHenry, IL -- May 15, 1995 -- Follett Software Company, a division of Follett Corporation, this year celebrates a decade of providing information solutions for life-long learning. Since automation began impacting America's educational system in the I 980s, Follett Software has helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain better access to information.
Generally working with the school library market from kindergarten through grade 12, Follett Software has sold its MS-DOS flagship Circulation Plus program to more than 23,000 customers. Overall, more than 40,000 libraries have chosen various Follett Software products to aid in vital library management functions and ultimately to improve access to and application of information by all patrons.
Originally part of Follett Library Book Company (now known as Follett Library Resources), Follett Software Company was spun off in 1985 as its own division. The creation of the software division came about in response to the growing need for educational software and automated library management in the K-12 market. With Follett Corporation's heritage in serving this market, efforts to apply new technology seemed a natural next step. As early as 1986, Follett published its first Library Automation Software Catalog. By then, the new company had already automated more than 3,000 libraries. From the beginning, librarians were encouraged to implement automation following the Follett Crawl, Walk, Run methodology. This approach to library automation allows technology to be introduced in incremental steps, as budgets and staff training permit.
"From day one, we believed success in the automation process would only be achieved if we worked with you, hand-in-hand," said Charles "Chuck" Follett, president of the 250-person Follett Software Company, and one of the firm's first two employees. "A core competency of this Follett division has always been our understanding of the rapid changes in the library marketplace, and our expertise in managing and responding to these changes. We have used this strength to help librarians understand the key role they play in providing information to the population, in the school and community."
As part of this responsiveness to users, 1994 saw the release of a completely re-written line of Follett Software Company products. The revolutionary Unison design provides true software integration and cross-hardware platform functionality. More than 75% of the functionality of the various products resulted from our customers' suggestions of ways to address their real needs.
The Unison design includes core products such as Circulation Plus circulation management software; Catalog Plus online catalog searching software; Textbook Plus textbook distribution and management software; PHD+ II portable handheld scanner; and Alliance Plus CD-ROMs containing millions of MARC records. Cross-platform products include MacSearch Plus Station and Search Plus for Windows, products which allow Macintosh and Windows online search stations in a MS-DOS network environment.
In recent introductions, MacCirculation Plus and MacCatalog Plus versions of the leading library software employ the user-friendly Macintosh GUI (Graphical User Interface). New Union Catalog P1u5TM helps libraries and their patrons benefit from access to the resources and data of multiple library collections with a single search.
Follett Software Company works in collaboration with other organizations to create products and services of unique benefit to library patrons. Multimedia programs such as
The Mind's Treasure Chest (produced with Learn Television), and Kaleidoscope: New Visions for School Library Media Programs (produced with the American Association of School Librarians and Follett Library Resources), help patrons access and apply the information available in libraries. Meridian Data, Inc. provides CD-ROM drive towers for Follett' s information plus CD-ROM hardware/software system. Hewlett-Packard, Inc. provides hardware and support as part of Follett's TURNKEY Solution, a complete and
ongoing approach to library automation. The Library of Congress distributes the Follett publication Understanding MARC Bibliographic for librarians who are automating and beginning to work with MARC (MAchine Readabale Cataloging) records.
Maintaining understanding of and relationships with the market, Follett Software Company's many affiliations include: ALA (American Library Association), AASL (American Association of School Librarians), LITA (Library and Information Technology Association), ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services), and OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.).
For information on Follett Software Company's many products and services, customers may write Follett Software Company, 1391 Corporate Drive, McHenry, Illinois 60050-7041, or call toll-free, (800) 323-3397.