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Follett

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1391 Corporate Drive
McHenry, Illinois 60050-7041
United States
Toll free: 800-323-3397
Phone: 815-344-8700
Fax: 815-344-8774
Web site: http://www.fsc.follett.com/
Email: info@fsc.follett.com


Executives


Company Ownership


Library automation systems

Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Destiny (1381 libraries, 19533 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 246
    Academic libraries: 28
    School libraries: 1077
    149 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (194 libraries, 351 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 160
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 31
    724 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (81 libraries, 111 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 62
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 12
    594 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (112 libraries, 142 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 97
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 8
    853 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (33 libraries, 53 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 20
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 7
    201 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 20190 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Follett.


Corporate Chronology

Apr 18, 2016   Follett acquires Baker and Taylor from Castle Harlan.
Apr 15, 2016   Follett acquires Bookmasters.
Mar 30, 2016   Follett acquires Wobo.
Feb 23, 2016   Follett acquires ClassBook.
Oct 22, 2015   Nader Qaimari named to lead Follett School Solutions Business.
May 4, 2015   Follett appoints Ray A. Griffith as President and CEO.
Apr 11, 2015   Follett acquires Nebraska Book Company's retail store division.
Feb 2, 2015   Follett acquires Advanced-Online.
Jan 27, 2014   Todd Litzsinger named chairman of the Board of Directors for Follett Corporation.
Sep 5, 2013   Follett sells BWI assetts to Baker & Taylor.
Apr 8, 2013   Follett Corporation acquires BetterKnow.
Nov 2012   Mary Lee Schneider elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Follett Corporation.
Oct 4, 2010   Follett Software Company acquires X2 Development Corporation.
Mar 24, 2008   Follett Corporation acquires Fourteen40 Inc, including social networking solution CafeScribe.
Aug 26, 2006   Follett acquires TetraData Corporation.
Jul 27, 2006   Follett Software Company acquires library automation division of Sagebrush Corporation.
Jun 0, 2006   Sagebrush spins off Sagebrush Educational Resources as a separate company.
Jun 0, 2006   Follett Corporation acquires Sagebrush Corporation.
Oct 0, 2005   Sagebrush releases InfoCentre.
Jan 1, 2003   Follett Software Company launches Destiny.
Jan 2001   Sagebrush partners with Sirsi for Accent.
Aug 0, 1999   Sagebrush Technologies acquires Winnebago Software Company.
Sep 0, 1998   Sagebrush acquires Nichols Advanced Technologies.
Feb 0, 1998   Sagebrush merges with American Companies.
Jan 1, 1998   Follett releases Windows versions of Circulation Plus, Catalog Plus, and Alliance Plus..
Jan 1, 1998   Thomas J. Schenck named president of Follett Software Company..
Sep 0, 1997   Nichols Advanced Technologies acquires Scribe.
1997   TetraData Corporation Founded.
1997   Follett co-founds Library Systems and Services LLC.
Jan 1, 1994   Sagebrush acquires Catalog Card Company.
Jan 1, 1994   Follett Software Company moves into new headquarters in McHenry, IL.
Jan 1, 1993   Nichols Advanced Technologies announce Windows based Athena.
1990   Follett acquires Book Wholesalers, Inc. (BWI) which distributes children's books to public libraries.
Jan 1, 1985   Follett Software Company founded.
Jan 1, 1984   Follett acquires Library Software Company.
Jan 1, 1983   Nichols Advanced Technologies founded by Bruce Butler..
1983   Esquire Education Group acquires Follett Publishing Company.
Jan 1, 1982   Winnebago Software Company founded by George B. “Jeb” Griffith..
Jan 1, 1964   American Companies, later Econo-clad books and American Bindery, founded by Richard Crawford..
1918   Charles W. Follett becomes manager of J.W. Wilcox & Follett Company.
1901   Charles W. Follett joins C.M. Barnes & Company as a clerk.
1873   Predecessor of Follett Corporation founded in 1873 by Charles M. Barnes as a used book store in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Follett News

Tuesday May 23, 2017

All 326 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:


May 17, 2017. Follett announces partnership with Unbound Concepts’ Artifact. Follett 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. <<more>>


May 2, 2017. Baker and Taylor and collectionHQ launch new initiative with Better World Books. Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products, and collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution have today announced a new joint initiative with Better World Books. <<more>>


April 26, 2017. Small Kansas elementary school beats odds to win grand prize in Sixth Annual Follett Challenge. Located 80 miles northeast of Wichita with a proud population of approximately 460 residents, Strong City, Kansas is renowned for its production of agriculture and cattle, and as annual host of the Flint Hills Rodeo. Now, the rural town’s elementary school will be known as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Follett Challenge, a contest sponsored by Follett seeking the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills in today's schools. <<more>>


April 19, 2017. Follett to host K-12 literacy conference June 22 in Illinois. Follett, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, will host a literacy conference event that features an impressive array of award-winning authors and is designed to give K-12 educators access to hands-on professional development. Titled “ReadingCon: Collaborating for Literacy.” <<more>>


April 17, 2017. Follett and Lumen Learning to expand adoption of OER Courseware. Follett and Lumen Learning announced a partnership to lower costs and improve student success through the use of academic content and courseware based entirely on open educational resources (OER). Follett will offer Lumen Learning's OER solutions to more than 1,200 colleges and universities where Follett manages course materials delivery. Given Follett's ongoing mission to improve access and affordability for students, Follett has invested in Lumen Learning to help fund future growth and expansion of OER courseware. <<more>>


April 6, 2017. Library strand of Future Ready institutes developed, funded exclusively through Follett’s Project Connect. Future Ready Schools this week announced a series of free regional events to support educators planning to implement personalized learning strategies for their students. This student-centered approach tailors instruction to students’ unique strengths and needs while engaging them in challenging, standards-based academic content. <<more>>


March 14, 2017. Follett now offers Haese Mathematics as part of International Baccalaureate content. Haese Mathematics textbooks – a popular and rigorous series of math books for International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – are now available for purchase through Follett, the exclusive distributor of content and merchandise from the IB. <<more>>


March 2, 2017. Follett named exclusive distributor of new K-12 online daily news service. Follett announced it is the exclusive United States distributor of The Day USA, an online daily news service providing high-interest articles for K-12 schools, along with teacher resources to support information literacy. The Day USA may be a new product to the U.S., but it has been a successful product since 2011 in the United Kingdom. <<more>>


March 1, 2017. Follett Challenge’s Semifinalists, Video Winners Span the U.S.. With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challenge today announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students. <<more>>


February 21, 2017. Follett Awarded Massachusetts SIS/SIF Preferred Vendor Status. Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the “Certified” Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts. <<more>>