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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 (1384 libraries, 19306 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 253
    Academic libraries: 27
    School libraries: 1071
    140 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (197 libraries, 354 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 162
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 32
    719 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (83 libraries, 113 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 63
    Academic libraries: 6
    School libraries: 12
    591 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (115 libraries, 145 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 100
    Academic libraries: 3
    School libraries: 8
    849 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (35 libraries, 61 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 22
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 7
    201 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 19979 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

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All 309 Press Releases from Follett

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January 11, 2017. Follett opens new office in Dubai. Follett announced it has opened a new office in Dubai, further committing its support of international schools in the United Arab Emirates, Middle East and North Africa regions. <<more>>


January 5, 2017. Follett adds array of new content for IB World Schools. As the exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate (IB) publishing products, Follett announced today it has added new content from IB and a wealth of new curriculum content support from an array of other respected providers. The new IB content, plus a variety of additional resources hand-picked by Follett’s educational experts, are available to purchase on Titlewave, Follett’s online search and ordering tool. <<more>>


November 16, 2016. Follett Acquires Valore Inc.. Follett Corporation, a global leader in education and entertainment content distribution, today announced it has acquired Valore Inc. and the ValoreBooks marketplace solution for students and bookstores to buy, sell and rent college textbooks online. Combining the convenience of the ValoreBooks marketplace with the scope and capabilities of Follett will provide campus stores and students greater access to more affordable course material options. <<more>>


November 7, 2016. Follett’s Project Connect introduces professional development courses for librarians. Project Connect, formed by Follett to advocate for librarians to serve as leaders in their district and schools, will be debuting a set of professional development online courses this month. Designed for school and district librarians, these courses give librarians tangible skills needed in a future-ready world and help promote innovative models of school libraries. <<more>>


October 25, 2016. Follett urges schools to share their stories of unique learning for 6th Annual Follett Challenge. All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply. Submissions are open to all K-12 educators and Parent Teacher Organizations. Entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program that teaches 21st century skills to students. Judges are looking for applications best illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. <<more>>


October 20, 2016. Follett supports AASL’s ESSA implementation efforts. Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans. <<more>>


September 19, 2016. Follett’s Nader Qaimari a panelist at EdNET Conference session exploring educator-education provider relationship. Nader Qaimari, who leads Follett’s PreK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, is one of five panelists selected to explore the relationship between educators and education providers at the 2016 EdNET Conference later this month in Dallas. <<more>>


August 18, 2016. Follett Destiny 14.0 Features Learning Management System Integration. Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications. Earlier this week, Follett announced a series of significant updates to its market-leading Destiny solution, including an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources. <<more>>


August 16, 2016. Follett unveils major updates to market-leading Destiny solution. Offering an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources, as well as ushering in a dramatically refreshed user interface, Follett announced one of its most significant updates ever to its Destiny product. <<more>>


August 2, 2016. Follett unveils new Professional Development series. Follett announced it has launched a new Professional Development series for educators to help them make the most of Follett technology and products through hands-on experience and real-life examples. The series, available now to PreK-12 school districts, supports the implementation of national and statewide programs and teaches educators how to help students build key 21st-century skills. <<more>>