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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 (1528 libraries, 19782 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 329
    Academic libraries: 32
    School libraries: 1135
    175 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Circulation Plus (86 libraries, 189 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 68
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 17
    831 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Athena (47 libraries, 75 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 37
    Academic libraries: 2
    School libraries: 7
    631 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Winnebago Spectrum (43 libraries, 65 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 37
    Academic libraries: 1
    School libraries: 3
    923 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • InfoCentre (28 libraries, 46 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 16
    Academic libraries: 5
    School libraries: 7
    205 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 20157 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 Jan 19, 2018

All 343 Press Releases from Follett

10 most recent items:


January 17, 2018. Follett Challenge video voting to begin next week. The public voting will begin next week for the seventh annual Follett Challenge’s “People’s Choice” awards as the 133 schools and districts entered in this year’s competition vie for prizes worth $8,000 each in products and services from Follett. The 10 “People’s Choice” prizes will be awarded to those schools/districts that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their three- to five-minute videos, which were submitted as part of the application process. <<more>>


January 17, 2018. Follett Challenge video voting to begin next week. The public voting will begin next week for the seventh annual Follett Challenge’s “People’s Choice” awards as the 133 schools and districts entered in this year’s competition vie for prizes worth $8,000 each in products and services from Follett. The 10 “People’s Choice” prizes will be awarded to those schools/districts that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their three- to five-minute videos, which were submitted as part of the application process. <<more>>


January 16, 2018. Follett disrupts collegiate campus ecommerce with $50 million technology investment. Follett Corporation, higher education’s leading campus retailer and operator of college stores, announced today that it is making a $50M investment to transform the company’s collegiate eCommerce platform. The company’s shift to “headless” eCommerce keeps Follett at the cutting edge of commercial online retailing. <<more>>


December 4, 2017. Follett President and CEO Ray Griffith to retire; board appoints Sodexo’s Patrick Connolly to succeed Griffith. Follett Corporation announced that President and CEO Ray A. Griffith will retire from the company at the end of the current fiscal year in March 2018. The Board has appointed former Sodexo executive Patrick E. Connolly to succeed Griffith as President and CEO, effective January 2, 2018. <<more>>


November 9, 2017. Follett announces it will sell LEGO Education solutions to U.S. school libraries. In its continuing effort to serve the growing makerspace movement, Follett announced today it will sell a selection of LEGO Education solutions. These solutions will be offered by Follett specifically for school librarians in the U.S. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their library. <<more>>


October 23, 2017. Follett Challenge launches 7th annual contest. The 2018 Follett Challenge, open for entries through Dec. 15, will reward $200,000 in products and services from Follett to schools/districts with innovative educational programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply. <<more>>


October 21, 2017. Illinois School Library Media Association to Honor Follett. Follett is being honored by the Illinois School Library Media Association with the organization’s 2017 Pillar Award. Follett will receive the honor Friday Oct. 20, 2017 at ISLMA’s Awards Dinner Banquet in Springfield, Ill., which caps the association’s three-day 2017 conference. <<more>>


October 2, 2017. Follett Book Fairs Launch This Week. Follett announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly anticipated launch that will see the company maximize its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students. The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year. Librarians familiar with Follett have been eager to get their schools signed up. <<more>>


September 19, 2017. New Jersey PreK-12 District selects Follett’s Aspen Student Information System. Bernards Township School District in Basking Ridge, N.J., capped an extensive two-year search by selecting Follett’s Aspen for its new student information system. The PreK-12 district implemented Aspen in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. <<more>>


September 14, 2017. Follett announces popular rewards program Is returning. Follett announced its popular Rewards program is returning, allowing customers to accrue points on purchases and redeem them for valuable products. Customers will earn points on all textbook, consumable and buyback transactions, including any qualifying purchases made on or after April 1. <<more>>