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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 (1545 libraries, 19887 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 336
    Academic libraries: 37
    School libraries: 1139
    182 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (85 libraries, 187 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 67
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 17
    833 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (43 libraries, 71 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 33
    Academic libraries: 2
    School libraries: 7
    632 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (40 libraries, 61 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 34
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 3
    927 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (27 libraries, 44 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 14
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 7
    207 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 20250 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

Friday Jun 22, 2018

All 354 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:


June 18, 2018. Massachusetts renews Follett with SIS/SIF Preferred Vendor Status. Follett has again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) certification and its Massachusetts SIS/SIF contract has been renewed through June 2019. All student information system (SIS) vendors, such as Follett with its Aspen solution, must be certified before they may secure contracts with districts in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. <<more>>


June 5, 2018. Rhode Island renews Follett’s Aspen SIS with Preferred Vendor Status. Follett’s Aspen Student Information System (SIS), which already is firmly established in Rhode Island as a partner to 50 percent of the state’s K-12 school districts, has again earned preferred vendor status from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). When purchasing a new SIS, school districts and RIDE can continue to adopt Follett’s Aspen without first issuing a request for proposal. <<more>>


May 23, 2018. Follett, Kimono announce renewal of integration partnership. Follett and Kimono, the leader in cloud-based data integration for schools, announced today they have renewed their partnership. The partnership, entering its fifth year, enables Follett customers to enjoy seamless integration with their market-leading Destiny solution. The integration enables students to begin their library experience without delay and saves district staff from having to carry out time-consuming updates. <<more>>


May 11, 2018. Follett’s Aspen SIS attains Ed-Fi certification status. Follett announced it has successfully completed the Ed-Fi Data Standard Certification for its Aspen Student Information System (SIS). Developed by a community of ed-tech experts and technologists, the Ed-Fi Data Standard is a set of rules for the collection, management, and organization of educational data that allows multiple systems to exchange this information seamlessly. Follett’s Aspen Student Information System hosts and manages student data, safely and securely stores data such as class schedules, student performance, health records, and athletic eligibility, and allows educators to closely monitor student progress, implement new curriculum, and conveniently communicate with parents. <<more>>


May 3, 2018. Follett, NextTier Education Partner to Help Students Achieve Their Postsecondary Goals. Follett announced it has signed an exclusive channel partnership with NextTier Education for its cloud-based software solution that provides educators, students, and parents with guidance, information and insight to help students achieve their postsecondary goals. Effective immediately, Follett will begin selling NextTier to public and private school districts and schools, both domestically and internationally. <<more>>


April 27, 2018. Follett Challenge announces 2018 grand-prize winner. For the second time in three years, the Grand Prize winner of the Follett Challenge is from the state of Alaska. Tudor Elementary School, part of the Anchorage School District, learned in a video announcement it had won the seventh annual contest, which is sponsored by Follett. Created by Chuck Follett, retired president and CEO of Follett Corporation, the contest seeks and rewards innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills in today’s schools. <<more>>


April 4, 2018. Follett expands Follett Book Fairs into Texas market. Follett announced Follett Book Fairs, which launched regionally at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, will expand into Texas, effective August 2018. Nader Qaimari, Follett School Solutions’ president, made the announcement at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas, and said Follett Book Fairs will begin with PreK-8 schools in the Houston and Dallas areas. <<more>>


April 3, 2018. Follett forms Advisory Board to help K-12 Schools genrefy libraries. A new advisory board has been formed by Follett to help K-12 school libraries make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more student friendly, bookstore-like layout based on genres. The Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of nearly 20 national and international librarians and media specialists, will meet for the first time this week at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas to help establish a set of genre standards. <<more>>


March 27, 2018. Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit scheduled for June 23 in Chicago. A full-day workshop just prior to the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago will explore how K-12 librarian leaders can lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their schools and districts, develop an action plan for their library programs, and delve into the challenges and best practices surrounding empowering Future Ready Librarians. <<more>>


March 1, 2018. Follett Challenge ’18 announces semifinalists, video voting winners. The Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Follett Challenge will be selected from among an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska; a middle school in the Bronx, N.Y.; and a high school in Durham, N.C. In an online announcement today, organizers of the Follett Challenge unveiled the seventh annual competition’s three diverse Semifinalists, as well as the 10 People’s Choice winners. <<more>>