Dreamroll, please! The winner of this year’s Follett Challenge is Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, located on Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base. The school, named after famous aviator, Carl Ben Eielson, earns a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, plus a celebration May 6 at their school. For those unfamiliar with the Follett Challenge: it’s a yearly contest in which Follett seeks to sponsor the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students. Entrants are asked to complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. Congrats, Ben Eielson High, for winning. Good work, Follett, for going the extra mile. Full press release below. Continue reading Congrats Alaska’s Ben Eielson High School for winning the Follett Challenge
McHENRY, Ill., Feb. 1, 2016 â€“Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follettâ€™s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.
EBSCO offers high-quality eBooks from more than 1,500 major publishers, including eBooks from more than 115 worldwide university presses. The Follett-EBSCO partnership provides schools with the flexibility to purchase EBSCO eBooksâ„¢ on Titlewave, a platform already integral to their workflow, and provides an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide educators with full-text EBSCO eBooks coverage to support their curricula. Continue reading Follett and EBSCO partner; 600,000 titles available for ordering through Titlewave
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2015 â€“ Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources.
The announcement coincides with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference, which starts Thursday (Nov. 5) in Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading Follett announces key product integrations with OverDrive, Mackin
McHENRY, Ill., Oct. 5, 2015 â€“Follett announced this week it is unveiling a new offering â€“ Managed Services â€“ directed at administrators and designed to help districts eliminate both routine and seasonal tasks involved in managing resources, ultimately saving significant time, money and space.
â€œWe are excited as Managed Services is a brand-new offering from Follett, and comes in response to educators telling us they are spending too much time on operational activities, which takes attention away from their primary goal of student learning,â€ said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. â€œOur customized program provides valuable outsourced services for administrators when theyâ€™re lacking the resources â€“ staffing, facilities or time â€“ to efficiently and effectively run their district.â€ Continue reading New â€˜Managed Servicesâ€™ Offering From Follett Designed to Help K-12 Administrators Save Time, Money, Space
Partnership to expand online adaptive learning approach to driving vocabulary proficiency and literacy development
CHICAGO, Feb.4, 2015 â€“ Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in Vocabulary.com, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follettâ€™s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes.
MCHENRY, Ill., Dec. 3, 2014 â€“Follett this week introduced Destiny Resource Manager, a new, universal system that enables K-12 districts to track and manage all school assets. Destiny Resource Manager represents an evolution from Follett Destiny Asset Manager as it will monitor barcoded textbooks in addition to traditional assets such as laptops, tablets and equipment. Continue reading Follett’s new Destiny Resource Manager will manage textbooks, equipment, and more
MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 â€“ The fourth annual Follett Challenge, which will highlight and reward the most innovative K-12 programs that teach 21st century skills to students, launches its 2014-15 contest Monday, Oct. 6.
â€œOur contestâ€™s new tagline, â€˜Follett Challenge â€“ Empowering Innovationâ€™ speaks to the idea that weâ€™re not just rewarding innovative educators, but empowering them to share their stories and do more,â€ said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. â€œDoing more with less is another theme we consistently see from the schools, and it is an ongoing source of pride for Follett to reward these passionate educators with resources to do even more.â€
New York, NY, June 24, 2014—McGraw-Hill Professional, a leading global publisher of education and professional content, today announced a partnership with Follett to further expand availability of its eBook collection to K-12 school library customers globally.
McGraw-Hill Professionalâ€™s catalog is one of the premier eBook collections in the world for education, business, consumer, technical, and medical titles available on the market today. McGraw-Hill Professional is offering more than 4,500 new and backlist eBooks, available to lend on multiple devices.Â These titles include McGraw-Hill Educationâ€™sÂ comprehensive collection of student test prep and study aids:Â 5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, the Demystified series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language series, Schaumâ€™s Outline study guides, McGraw-Hill Education Guide to SAT, McGraw-Hill Education TASC, The Official Guide to TOEFL Test, and more. Continue reading McGraw-Hill partners with Follett, eBooks available via Destiny
RIVER GROVE, Ill., March 6, 2014 â€“ Follett Corporation today announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based education software company that provides innovative solutions for assessing student and teacher performance. The investment is the first from the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on disruptive technologies in the education/technology space.
â€œShowEvidence has created a cloud-based platform that gives schools the ability to embed digital learning materials within curriculum and assessment programs, and to score student work against state standards,â€ said Mary Lee Schneider, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. â€œShowEvidence has the potential to expand the effectiveness and scope of testing in education in ways that will drive greater levels of student achievement. Follett is delighted to partner with this innovative company.â€ Continue reading Follett invests in ShowEvidence, partnership focused on advancing solutions for educational assessment
MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 13, 2014 â€“Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students from Penguin Group (USA). Â Penguin is the fifth major book publisher to partner with Follett in the past six months, joining Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.
The Penguin collection is available now through Titlewave, Follettâ€™s collection development, search and ordering tool that provides access to more than 270,000 ebook titles to PreK-12 schools nationwide. Continue reading Follett announces ebook partnership with Penguin Group
Press Release:Â McHenry, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ â€” Continuing its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance its PreK-12 digital solutions to support learning, Follett has partnered with Random House, Inc., the worldâ€™s largest English language trade publisher, to offer new and popular ebook titles to school libraries.
Follettâ€™s ebook customers are now able to purchase Random House ebooks and lend them to students. The partnership gives librarians the opportunity to enhance their collections with many of the most sought-after titles, such as Rachel Hartmanâ€™s â€œSeraphinaâ€ and Christopher Paul Curtisâ€™ â€œThe Watsons Go To Birmingham â€“ 1963â€³. Continue reading Follett Partners with Random House to distribute ebooks to K-12
Great news from Follett.Â Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website.Â Read Follett eBooks anytime, anywhere with the FREE Follett Digital Reading App.
Provide your patrons mobile access to the widest selection of K-12 specific eBooks including picture books, fiction, reference and graphic novels.
Thanks to Anthony Hosmer for the tip on this.
Roger Sperberg wrote an interesting piece, “How to give away an ebook after you’ve read it” in the Teleread blog. Â He discusses the idea of patrons purchasing an ebook to read for themselves and donating it to the library when they are finished. Â Roger states, “If I buy an ebook ofÂ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then itâ€™s glued to me. Love it or hate it, I canâ€™t give it to the library for others to read. So why doesnâ€™t the library set up a program for donors: â€œBuy it in our name and weâ€™ll lend it to you first.â€ Continue reading Is it possible to donate an eBook to the library?
Those of you interested in learning more about Follett and Overdrive should take a look at the recentÂ Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online – E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets.Â The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models ofÂ both of these distributors.
NetLibrary, due to it’s recent transformation, has a feature article in the Nov. 1, 2008 Booklist issue (and Booklist Online)
Academic aggregators – ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary – were featured back in May, 2008.
All articles are linkedÂ from No Shelf Required, just check out the articles link.