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Literati Acquires Follett Book Fairs

Jan 19, 2022  |  School Library Journal
Literati book subscription company has announced the acquisition of Follett Book Fairs and will roll out Literati Book Fairs in select states this spring.

Literati Acquires Follett Book Fairs

Jan 19, 2022  |  Publishers Weekly
Literati, the Austin, Tex., subscription book box and online book club company, has purchased Follett Book Fairs. The fairs will be rebranded Literati Book Fairs and will continue to service PreK-8 schools around the country.

Follett Addresses New Directions and Challenges at Annual Summit

Oct 7, 2021  |  Publishers Weekly
During the Follett and Baker & Taylor 2021 Virtual Publisher Summit—which convened on October 1 via Zoom for a second straight year—executives from B&T and parent company Follett offered a market overview of how their businesses have fared during the past year.

Follett Shutters Book Fair Business

Sep 22, 2021  |  School Library Journal
Follett Book Fairs is closing shop. Thousands of fairs have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, prompting the decision to shutter the business, Follett School Solutions (FSS) reported in a statement to the media.

Follett School Solutions exits the book fair business

Sep 22, 2021  |  Library Technology Guides
Follett School Solutions (FSS) will be exiting the book fair business, a decision prompted by thousands of fair cancellations due to the pandemic. FSS is expected to continue delivering book fairs through mid- November of this year.

Follett School Solutions Sold to Private Equity Firm

Sep 8, 2021  |  American Libraries Magazine
The market share for Destiny among US school libraries is higher than the market share captured by any other company in the library sector. For example, out of the roughly 100,000 school libraries in the US, about 75,000 use Destiny.

K-12 Dealmaking: Follett Sells K-12 Software and Content Division to Global Investment Firm

Sep 3, 2021  |  EdWeek Market Brief
A major company operating in the nation’s schools and libraries, Follett Corp., is selling its K-12 software and content division to tech-focused global investment firm Francisco Partners.

Follett School Solutions Acquired by Francisco Partners

Sep 2, 2021  |  School Library Journal
Francisco Partners has acquired Follett School Solutions, which includes library management system Follett Destiny.

Follett Sells School Solutions Division

Sep 1, 2021  |  The Journal
All of the K–12 team will remain a part of FSS, according to the companies. Britten Follett will become CEO of FSS Content. Paul Isle, previously CEO of Discovery Education, will become CEO of FSS Software.

Francisco Partners Buys Follett School Solutions

Sep 1, 2021  |  Mergers & Acquisitions
Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused global investment firm has purchased Follett School Solutions, the K-12 software and content division of Follett Corp.

Equity Firm Buys Follett School Solutions

Sep 1, 2021  |  Publishers Weekly
Follett Corp. has sold its K-12 software and content division, Follett School Solutions (FSS), to the investment firm Francisco Partners.

Follett School Solutions sold to investment firm

Sep 1, 2021  |  Daily Herald
Follett Corp. Wednesday announced the sale of Follett School Solutions, the company's K-12 software and content division, to Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused global investment firm.

How Follett’s Changing the Book Fair

Jul 14, 2021  |  EveryLibrary
Enter Follett Learning, an institution of educational products, services, and technology for over 140 years. They’ve been able to leverage their incredible passion for fostering young readers and working with schools and libraries to bring the book fair to new levels of ease, accessibility, and impact across America.

B&T to Offer ‘Diversity Analysis’ Tool for Library Collections

Jul 7, 2021  |  Publishers Weekly
Powered by B&T’s collectionHQ technology, Baker & Taylor’s “Diversity Analysis” tool will help identify opportunities for libraries to evaluate their collections against industry-accepted diversity subjects.

Baker & Taylor to unveil Diversity Analysis tool

Jul 6, 2021  |  Library Technology Guides

Setting Sights on Summer Learning

Jun 11, 2021  |  Publishers Weekly
The grab-and-go model has become an essential element of Follett’s work with nonprofits and with school districts this summer. Last year, for the first time, it teamed up with two early literacy organizations—Page Ahead in Seattle and Start Reading Now in Minneapolis—to provide low-income families with books to read over the summer.

Two products of McHenry-based company earn awards

Apr 6, 2021  |  Northwest Herald
Two education technology products made by McHenry-based Follett School Solutions earned “finalist” accolades in the 2021 EdTech Awards, which now in their 11th year, are the largest recognition program of education technology.

Pandemic Pivoting: New Follett Book eFair Options Include Ship-to-Home

Feb 8, 2021  |  Publishers Weekly
Of all the physical fairs that were canceled, 68% of those schools were interested in running an eFair and the majority of them were asking for us to be able to ship to the home,

A teacher’s remote learning reality

Feb 5, 2021  |  eSchool News
Deep understanding comes from first-hand experience and stepping out from behind our desks. That includes me, as I lead Follett School Solutions and strive to always understand our customers’ needs. Since the pandemic began, I’ve been talking to district leaders, librarians, and teachers about the challenges and opportunities they face. On a recent Illinois morning, third-grade teacher Julie Scroggins invited me to shadow her as she lives what we read and hear about: the reality of a teacher’s day during remote learning in a pandemic.

Remote Realities

Jan 4, 2021  |  American Libraries Magazine
Across the country, school librarians are adapting their teaching and outreach to support students in remote-learning and hybrid-class models and meet shifting demands. They are turning to technology like Follett Destiny to promote their libraries, supplement instruction, and distribute physical resources.

At ISTE20 LIVE—Virtually

Dec 14, 2020  |  EdTech Digest
As the pandemic mandated shift to remote learning moved districts to acquire extensive numbers of connected devices to loan students as a way to ensure access to online instruction, a good many districts have relied on Follett’s Destiny Resource Manager as a way to keep track of these devices

10 educator suggestions to instill a love of reading in students

Dec 10, 2020  |  eSchool News
These tips and recommendations can help students learn to read, read to learn, and learn to love reading.

Librarians leading the way with innovation, support during COVID

Nov 17, 2020  |  District Administration
The library utilizes Follett’s Destiny Discover management system to connect its network of students both in the classroom and at home. Many others do too, with 60% of school districts reporting using it.

B&T Returns to the Academic Library Market

Oct 29, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
In an announcement yesterday, B&T executives said it has established a new unit which will serve academic libraries worldwide with a range of library products and services to institutions, as well as its catalog of books, movies, and music for colleges and universities.

Virtual book fair helping children build their own home libraries during the pandemic

Oct 28, 2020  |  ABC Action News
Follett Books is partnering with Hillsborough County Schools and School Board member Dr. Stacy Hahn, who is leading this effort. For every book donated, Follett will give the district 40 percent back to purchase more books.

Follett Online Book Fairs a Convenient Option to Keep Kids Reading

Aug 31, 2020  |  eSchool News
Whether the 2020-21 school year is starting in the classroom or remotely, Follett is ensuring elementary and middle school students won’t be missing out on one of their favorite back-to-school traditions: the book fair.

Supporting School Librarians Through Covid-19 and Beyond

Aug 14, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
As the start of school approaches (or is already here in some states), the Covid-19 crisis rages on, leaving many educators around the country very concerned about health and safety issues regarding if or when they and their students will return to the classroom or library.

United Way of Greater McHenry County honors Follett School Solutions with Trailblazer Award

Aug 7, 2020  |  Chicago Daily Herald
The United Way of Greater McHenry County has presented its 2019-20 Trailblazer Award to Follett School Solutions in McHenry.

Pandemic Reading: Follett Reveals the Top Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts at End of School Year

Aug 3, 2020  |  School Library Journal
Follett Students’ Choice ranks the top ebook and audiobook titles checked out by reading level (Grades K-3, Grades 3-6, Grades 5-8, Young Adult) as determined by information gathered by Destiny Library Manager, a Follett service used by more than 60,000 schools.

Follett Book eFairs and Nonprofits Team Up for Summer Reading

Jul 27, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
In an effort to assist families facing such hurdles, Follett and two nonprofit early literacy organizations—Page Ahead in Seattle and Start Reading Now in Minneapolis—worked together to ensure that kids from low-income families received books to read over the summer break. As a result, Follett shipped nearly 80,000 books combined to the two groups.

Follett named to Educational Book and Media Association's Board of Directors

Jul 24, 2020  |  Northwest Herald
Britten Follett, a fifth-generation family member of Follett School Solutions in McHenry, has been named to the Educational Book and Media Association's Board of Directors, according to a news release.

What happens when there is no ‘e’ in eLearning? by Britten Follett

Jun 17, 2020  |  eSchool News
Leveraging the power of print is key to expanding educational opportunities—especially when eLearning isn't always possible.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Jun 11, 2020  |  EdTech Digest
As school districts across the country closed their doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race was on to find ways to connect teachers and students with as little disruption to learning as possible.

Pandemic Progress Report: Publishers share lessons from their distance learning efforts

Jun 5, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
For the past couple of months, as the world has grappled with stay-at-home orders and self-isolation in light of the Covid-19 crisis, PW has been reporting on the many ways that publishers and education companies are providing resources for educators, students, and families doing schoolwork at home.

Equity and the Role of Print: Where do physical books fit into Covid-era distance learning?

Jun 5, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
While much of the picture regarding the performance of publishers’ digital resources during the pandemic is rosy, Britten Follett, executive v-p of Follett School Solutions, points out that making the pivot to distance learning has not been seamless, largely due to longstanding equity issues across the country.

Pandemic Best Practices: School librarians weigh in on what works and what may lie ahead

Jun 5, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
The sudden closure of schools across the country in mid-March and the resulting pivot to distance learning has meant that the role of school librarian has shifted into a whole new gear.

Why school districts aren’t asking for all of their laptops back

May 29, 2020  |  District Administration
The annual tracking of laptops and other ed-tech assets has been disrupted this year as district leaders try to ensure students can continue online learning with adequate instructional technology this summer and beyond.

McHenry Diaper Drive draws large response

May 23, 2020  |  Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Nearly 65,000 free diapers were distributed Tuesday, May 19, to community members in need at a drive-through event held at Follett School Solutions' offices, 1340 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. The event was sponsored by United Way of Greater McHenry County, Follett, and The Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois.

School librarians facilitate meaningful learning despite massive school closures

May 7, 2020  |  eSchool News
School buildings may have closed as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country, but teaching and learning didn’t stop—they just moved in new directions.

Roadrunner Pantry welcomes donations during critical time

May 4, 2020  |  UTSA Today
The Roadrunner Pantry has received multiple donations of food from local Follett Higher Education Group bookstores. The combined donations total 3,595 pounds of food.

2020 Library Systems Report: Fresh opportunities amid consolidation

May 1, 2020  |  American Libraries Magazine
The library technology industry took some significant turns in 2019.

Mineola High School wins Follett Challenge

Apr 30, 2020  |  Newsday
Mineola High School is the grand-prize winner of a national contest that asked participants to describe how they are preparing students for the 21st century.

What Are Kids Reading Now? Follett Reveals the Top Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts.

Apr 29, 2020  |  School Library Journal
With schools shuttered due to the pandemic, are kids still reading? They are, according to data from Follett.

EWC Announces Transformative New Partnership With Follett Higher Education Group

Apr 27, 2020  |  Edward Waters College
Earlier this month Edward Waters College (EWC) and Follett Higher Education Group (Follett) finalized an innovative and progressive new partnership aimed at reducing overall student costs while also significantly enhancing student access to relevant technology necessary to promote optimum student academic performance and support overall student success.

Mineola School Wins Grand Prize In Follett Challenge

Apr 17, 2020  |
Mineola High School was named the grand prizewinner in the 2020 Follett Challenge for changing the traditional methods of teaching and learning.

Leading eLearning: A Future Ready Library opportunity — by Britten Follett

Apr 15, 2020  |  eSchool News
Librarians are leading learning across the nation, in districts that have moved instruction and resources online in the wake of a global pandemic.

Follett, Baker and Taylor to Provide Free Access to PreK-12 Resources for Public Library Partners

Apr 15, 2020  |  Tech & Learning
Follett and Baker & Taylor are collaborating to provide its public library partners with free access through June 30 to Lightbox and AV2 World Languages.

With School Closures, Book Fairs Go Online

Apr 15, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
Follett School Solutions offers virtual eFairs as a way to get books into the hands of students and as an option for live Book Fairs.

Learning at Home in the Age of Covid-19

Apr 10, 2020  |  Publishers Weekly
While schools are closed nationwide due to the pandemic, educational companies like Follett and publishers are rushing to offer digital resources for educators and families.

Oceanside High School wins $15,000 for its library

Mar 30, 2020  |  Long Island Herald
Oceanside High School has earned $15,000 for the school library by placing as a semi-finalist in the Follett Challenge. The school created a music video called “In the Library” late last year and submitted it to the nationwide contest.

Follett Offers Interactive ebook Platform for Free to Schools

Mar 21, 2020  |  Tech & Learning
Follett is partnering with Weigl Publishers, Inc. to offer Lightbox and AV2 World Languages free of charge to schools worldwide through June 30.

Follett's Relaunched eCommerce Platform Scores High Marks for Increased Conversions and Flexibility

Feb 7, 2020  |  Digital Commerce 360
The collegiate book and campus store retailer invested $50 million in ecommerce technology.

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