Follett Integrates with eBook Providers to Create Open Content Repository for PreK-12 Districts

Follett announces key product integrations with OverDrive, Mackin

November 02, 2015 - Columbus, OH — 

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.

The product integrations ensure that once users have logged into Destiny, they can access OverDrive or MackinVIA content without being presented with another separate login prompt from those vendors’ platforms. Students and staff can easily access the content from Destiny with a single click of a consistent open button, further negating the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords.

“We recognize our customers utilize content from multiple vendors and are seeking a simple login solution for all their print and digital resources,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Follett School Solutions.“It’s important we all work together to provide teachers and students a more seamless browsing experience and to minimize barriers, such as multiple logins. We are pleased to work with vendors, such as OverDrive and MackinVIA, to more easily access content from Destiny with a single click.”

Don Fabricant, Chief Sales Officer and General Manager of Education at OverDrive, concurred the product integrations will be welcome news for his company’s school partners.

“We’re very happy to work with Follett to make it happen,” Fabricant said. “It will make it even easier to access, discover and enjoy the large variety of digital content and highly rated reading experience that students, educators and parents have come to rely on from OverDrive.”

According to Randal Heise, President and CEO of Mackin Educational Resources, “This is a pivotal day for thousands of our mutual customers who have trusted that the MackinVIA and Follett Destiny products would one day be aligned in a ‘customer-first partnership’ to provide convenient one-click access to students and teacher resources. The key to advancing education in a digital world is unrestricted access and this integration puts us all on the right path.”

Qaimari noted Follett will be expanding this “open approach to education” strategy to support integration with other PreK-12 solutions, such as learning management systems, and access to open educational resources (OER) to ensure teachers and students have access to resources where they need them and when they need them.

All three companies will be exhibiting at this week’s AASL National Conference: Follett at booth #309, OverDrive at booth #629, and Mackin at booth #317.

To learn more about:
• Follett, visit http://www.follettlearning.com
• OverDrive, visit www.overdrive.com
• Mackin Educational Resources, visit http://www.mackin.com.

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About Follett's PreK-12 Business | FollettLearning.com

Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation | Follett.com

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.