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.
Follett, a provider of educational resources to K-12 institutions for more than 140 years, is being honored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) with the organization’s 2017 Pillar Award. Follett will receive the honor Friday (Oct. 20) at ISLMA’s Awards Dinner Banquet in Springfield, IL, which caps the association’s three-day 2017 conference.
The ISLMA Board of Directors selected Follett as the Pillar Award recipient for the McHenry, Ill.-based company’s “distinguished and exceptional service and contribution to ISLMA and the school library community.”
Follett, the leader in PreK-12 education, has 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 focus of this new partnership between Follett (the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States) and EveryLibrary (a 501c4 political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries) is to “return librarians to schools and expand funding equitably in districts.” Full press release below:
Follett announced today it is intensifying its support of K-12 school libraries and librarians by partnering with EveryLibrary, a Chicago-based political action committee dedicated to advocating for libraries and librarians at the state level. The Follett-EveryLibrary partnership will initially focus its work with school library associations in six states: Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and Mississippi.
Though each state effort will be different, according to EveryLibrary’s John Chrastka, the goals will be similarly focused to bring back school librarians to schools and expand funding equitably across schools and districts. Chrastka explained Follett’s support of the initiative will allow EveryLibrary to execute targeted outreach and activism in the targeted states, and help bring attention to pending bills in state legislatures, such as Pennsylvania and Nevada, which are calling for more librarians in each school. Continue reading Follett and EveryLibrary partner to advocate for K-12 Libraries→
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 —Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2015 — 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.
McHENRY, Ill., Oct. 5, 2015 —Follett announced this week it is unveiling a new offering — Managed Services — 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.
“We 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,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Our customized program provides valuable outsourced services for administrators when they’re lacking the resources — staffing, facilities or time — to efficiently and effectively run their district.” Continue reading New â€˜Managed Services’ 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 — Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in Vocabulary.com, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space. The investment reflects Follett’s support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes.
MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 2, 2014 — 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.
“Our contest’s new tagline, â€˜Follett Challenge — Empowering Innovation’ speaks to the idea that we’re not just rewarding innovative educators, but empowering them to share their stories and do more,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Doing 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.”
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 Professional’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. These titles include McGraw-Hill Education’s comprehensive collection of student test prep and study aids: 5 Steps to a 5 AP test prep series, the Demystified series, Practice Makes Perfect foreign language series, Schaum’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 — 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.
“ShowEvidence 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,” said Mary Lee Schneider, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. “ShowEvidence 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.” Continue reading Follett invests in ShowEvidence, partnership focused on advancing solutions for educational assessment→
MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 13, 2014 —Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students from Penguin Group (USA). Penguin is the fifth major book publisher to partner with Follett in the past six months, joining Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.
Press Release: McHenry, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Continuing its ongoing commitment to expand and enhance its PreK-12 digital solutions to support learning, Follett has partnered with Random House, Inc., the world’s largest English language trade publisher, to offer new and popular ebook titles to school libraries.
Follett’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 Hartman’s “Seraphina” and Christopher Paul Curtis’ “The Watsons Go To Birmingham — 1963â€³. Continue reading Follett Partners with Random House to distribute ebooks to K-12→
Great news from Follett. Their Digital Reader App is coming this winter and will allow mobile access to content.
Here is a brief statement from the Follett website. 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.
Roger Sperberg wrote an interesting piece, “How to give away an ebook after you’ve read it” in the Teleread blog. He discusses the idea of patrons purchasing an ebook to read for themselves and donating it to the library when they are finished. Roger states, “If I buy an ebook of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, then it’s glued to me. Love it or hate it, I can’t give it to the library for others to read. So why doesn’t the library set up a program for donors: “Buy it in our name and we’ll lend it to you first.” 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 recent Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online – E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets. The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models of 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)
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