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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
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Company Ownership

Library automation systems

Follett offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Destiny (1534 libraries, 20512 facilities in
    Public libraries: 306
    Academic libraries: 41
    School libraries: 1150
    225 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (82 libraries, 182 facilities in
    Public libraries: 64
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 17
    837 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (38 libraries, 66 facilities in
    Public libraries: 29
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 7
    638 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (38 libraries, 59 facilities in
    Public libraries: 32
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 3
    933 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (23 libraries, 40 facilities in
    Public libraries: 11
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 7
    212 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 20859 library facilities included in use an ILS provided by Follett.

Corporate Chronology

Sep 4, 2019   Britten Follett to lead its PreK-12 Business.
Jan 2, 2018   Patrick E. Connolly named as President and CEO of Follett Corporation.
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.
Jul 20, 2013   Death of Alison O'Hara Barasa, Follett Corporation board chair, President, and CEO.
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

Thursday Sep 19, 2019

All 400 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:

September 10, 2019. Aman Kochar succeeds David Cully at Baker & Taylor in expanded role. Follett Corporation today announced an expanded leadership role for Amandeep Kochar, who succeeded David Cully as head of Baker & Taylor, the company’s public library business unit. Cully retired August 30 <<more>>

September 4, 2019. Follett appoints Britten Follett to lead its PreK-12 Business. Follett Corporation announced the appointment of Britten Follett to lead Follett School Solutions, the company’s PreK-12 business. A fifth-generation family member, Follett has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Follett School Solutions. Follett most recently served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Classroom Initiatives for Follett School Solutions, the leading provider of integrated content and technology solutions to the PreK-12 education space. <<more>>

August 28, 2019. Follett Higher Education President Clay Wahl appointed COO of Follett Corporation. Follett Corporation announced two executive leadership appointments tied to the company’s strategic expansion of technology and services that improve student outcomes in schools, colleges and communities across North America. Follett Higher Education President Clay Wahl has been appointed COO of Follett Corporation, and Roe J. McFarlane has been named Wahl’s successor as President of Follett Higher Education. Wahl and McFarlane will report to Pat Connolly, Follett Corporation President and CEO. <<more>>

August 27, 2019. Follett Book Fairs poised for Superpower fall season. Follett is encouraging students to embrace their inner superhero as part of the fall 2019 theme for Follett Book Fairs. With more than 3,000 fairs already scheduled for Follett Book Fairs’ fifth season, the company has introduced the superhero theme to remind students, teachers, and librarians that “Reading is a Superpower.” <<more>>

August 23, 2019. Baker & Taylor Publisher Services (BTPS) and McSweeney's announce full-service sales & Fulfillment Agreement. Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, a leading provider of sales and fulfillment services, announced the signing of a full-service worldwide agreement with McSweeney’s Literary Arts Fund, the independent nonprofit publishing company started by Dave Eggers and based in San Francisco. <<more>>

August 1, 2019. Follett introduces key enhancements with Destiny 17.0 Release. Follett has released Destiny 17.0, a new version of the market-leading solution featuring important enhancements to Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover, Collections by Destiny, and Destiny Resource Manager. Destiny solutions are used in more than 60 percent of U.S. public schools <<more>>

July 24, 2019. Follett to Manage Wheaton College Campus Store. Follett Corporation, the largest campus retailer in North America, announced today that the Wheaton College Campus Store has transitioned to Follett Higher Education Group management, bringing new products, savings and support for campus store customers. Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Illinois, selected Follett as the campus retail partner with the best resources, technology and product selection to support the unique needs of the campus community. <<more>>

June 23, 2019. Follett launches All-Campus Model of groundbreaking course materials program aimed at driving student affordability, accessibility and retention. Follett Higher Education Group, the largest campus retailer and eCommerce leader in North America, announced that it has launched Follett ACCESS, an enhanced all-campus version of its popular includED program. Follett ACCESS is an evolution of delivering over seven years of affordability programs for campuses. The powerful new program delivers all required print and digital course materials to all enrolled students at a campus as part of their tuition, or course charges, on the first day of class—resulting in lower costs, reduced stress, and greater student preparedness. <<more>>

June 19, 2019. Public Libraries Tap Technology to Expand Access to Job Training. Baker & Taylor, the world’s premier distributor of books and digital content, today announced the launch of its Career Skills Training platform, which will enable public libraries to offer education and training programs designed to prepare individuals for success in the world of work. Patrons at libraries in four states can now access a broad range of competency-based, career-aligned courses and playlists, in subjects including foundational math, reading, and digital literacy, at no cost. These resources allow job seekers and workers interested in developing new competencies a flexible path to enhancing skills for careers, including the soft skills that employers are seeking today and for the future. <<more>>

June 13, 2019. Educators, students turning to Follett’s ‘Collections by Destiny’ in large numbers. Nearly two years after introducing Collections by Destiny, Follett is reporting a total of 2.5 million users, a dramatic increase in usage of the educational tool that allows librarians, teachers and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across the district, schools or between users. Now in use by more than 4,000 districts and nearly 17,000 schools, usage of Collections by Destiny has increased 62 percent from year one to the 2018-19 school year. <<more>>