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Visit Follett Software at AASL’s 15th National Conference & Exhibition

October 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

AASL is finally here! We are thrilled to be joining this esteemed library community for a day of learning and networking .  We are always happy for opportunities to connect with our current customers and to be able to build new relationships in a community that we hold in high regard.   We look forward to continuing to advocate libraries and create innovative solutions to help librarians and K-12 educators connect and explore their classrooms together, working in partnership  to engage and prepare their students for the new world of learning and self-discovery in a digital age.

We understand the challenges that face librarians in their local communities aren’t just challenges solely  facing  librarians but challenges for each and every citizen in the communities they serve.  As we get ready for the activities at AASL this thought is foremost in our minds.  We will continue to reach out and connect with our customers and our presence at AASL is as much about Follett Software as it is about  continuing the conversations with our customers about advocacy of school libraries and the connection between the classroom the school library.

We encourage you to reach out to us and share your successes as much as your trials.  It is your feedback and transparency that fuels our innovation and provides viability to our software solutions. 

Speaking of Library Advocacy, on Thursday night, we will be announcing our Follett Challenge winners . The Follett Challenge was created to encourage librarians to become champions for their library programs and to encourage incorporation of 21st century learning into the traditional school library.  

Join us from 7a.m-7 p.m in our booth (#901) to learn more about these innovative library programs.  We also encourage you to come learn about our upcoming Destiny 10.0 update and the new Destiny Quest Mobile app in scheduled presentations in our booth Friday and Saturday. You’ll get an insider’s sneak peak at the new features of Destiny 10.0 and view a demo of our new Destiny Quest Mobile app. 

If you are a Follett Software Customer using Destiny products make sure to stop by our booth so we can scan your QR code and you can redeem your prize.  Remember, every postcard holder is a winner at Follett Software Booth #901.

We  invite all AASL attendees to celebrate library advocacy and the Follett Challenge winners with a champagne toast and speech from our CEO, Chuck Follett.  

The Follett Challenge has been an eye opening project to every member of the Follett Challenge committee and to our staff at large.  We are in awe at the participation and the grass roots efforts of school libraries to serve their communities.  123 videos were submitted and librarians across the country rallied their communities to vote them to the top.   The Follett Challenge showcases our American Idols, school librarians, and the innovative ways in which they are educating our youth.

We realize that your time might become limited because of all the wonderful sessions at AASL.  No worries, you can follow us on Twitter and on our Facebook page to exchange ideas and observations.   Please join us in the conversations on the AASL  Conference Ning Site.  We are sure that  this will be chock full of great virtual networking and knowledge share and we can’t wait to participate.

It’s the evening before the event officially opens and we can’t wait until it begins.  Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know what excites you about AASL ‘s 15th National Conference and Exhibition.  See you soon.

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Save the date: $100K Follett Challenge

January 12, 2011 · 7 Comments

$100K Follett ChallengeStarting February 1, 2011, Follett will be accepting applications for the first-ever $100K Follett Challenge. Mark your calendars and start planning your entry now!

Recognizing innovation
Follett believes that librarians are finding ways to help students perform better in school. In recognizing the strong link between library programs and student success, the Follett Challenge’s goal is to find the best innovations in school libraries.

The contest advocates for the role librarians play as champions of school programs that drive student achievement. How can a librarian actively championing an information literacy-based school program for students enter?  

  • An online entry form will become available on February 1. Questions will uncover how the library program makes use of technology and content to improve student engagement, as well as how the program could be improved and/or expanded.
  • Produce and upload a 3-to-5 minute video describing the program.
  • The judges, comprised of library and educational professionals, will be looking for schools that do the most outstanding job of applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students, foster literacy and critical thinking.

What can you win?
There are six chances to win. Five prizes, including a $35,000 first place prize, will be awarded by a panel of judges. A sixth $10,000 prize will be awarded based on online voting for the best video. These prizes will be good toward Follett products and services.

Applications open February 1, 2011 and close on June 1, 2011. Popular vote begins June 23, 2011. Good luck, and keep checking back to for updates. Or, Like the Challenge on Facebook.

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