Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership
600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBook K-12 titles can now be ordered through Titlewave
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.
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 eBooks™ 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.
Moreover, EBSCO eBooks support a quality learning experience across all subject areas taught in K-12 schools, and their content aligns with curriculum standards in the U.S. and Canada.
“The partnership with Follett will provide schools with quality K-12 e-books on the Titlewave platform,” said Ken Breen, Vice President of Product Management, EBSCO eBooks. “Since Titlewave is the premier source of curriculum-specific content, the partnership allows K-12 libraries to choose from thousands of EBSCO eBooks titles from within their preferred acquisition workflow.”
Lindsay Bozzani, Teacher Librarian of La Cañada (Calif.) High School’s Information Resource Center, says her district has used Follett for its catalogue software for more than 20 years.
“With the advent of so many eBook titles in non-fiction, we recently purchased EBSCO High School and Academic collections,” Bozzani said. “In an effort to expand awareness about this new endeavor, we merged the titles into our Follett catalogue. Students have found it easy to access the actual digital book via a link in the Destiny record, while teachers are interested because they are seeing a huge increase in the size and recently published titles of our collection.”
As books increasingly move to digital formats, Follett is at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators and students access, integrate and increase the utility of digital content within schools. Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use eBooks provided by Follett.
“We look forward to partnering with EBSCO as it is a win-win for all of our customers,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President, Follett Corporation, and General Manager, Follett School Solutions.
About EBSCO Information Services | www.ebsco.com
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 800,000 e-books. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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 pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.
Lightspeed Technologies Expands its Leadership Team
The experienced executives will focus on core values and sustainable growth in the education market
TUALATIN, Oregon (February 1, 2015) — Lightspeed Technologies, the provider of classroom audio technology that inspires powerful communication, collaboration and classroom insight, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team. The company promoted David Solomon to Executive VP & General Manager of Learning Technologies, Shaun Fagan to Director of Product Marketing, Tony Zeikle to VP of US Sales, Reid Hansen to Regional Sales Manager, and Carolyn Hollowell to Director of International Markets and E-Commerce Sales.
Since 1994, Lightspeed has invested in research and development to provide groundbreaking technology specifically designed to support education. With the 21st-century classroom in mind, Lightspeed creates instructional solutions for better listening and sharing so students hear every word and have equitable equal access to learning. Lightspeed’s solutions also give today’s teachers critical insights into individual progress for real-time assessments.
“We are extremely fortunate to have these five Lightspeed team members setting the direction for Lightspeed Technologies,” said Jerry Ramey, the CEO of Lightspeed. “Preserving our unique culture and core values while building sustainable growth is critical to fulfilling our long-term vision as an employee-owned company.”
Solomon and Fagan have each grown with the company for more than 10 years. Zeikle has been a successful sales consultant and regional manager with the company since 2007. Hansen and Hollowell are more recent additions and have quickly proven their ability to make a difference, bringing new skills and insights to the sales and marketing teams.
As Executive VP & General Manager of Learning Technologies, Solomon is responsible for all areas of the Lightspeed Technologies business related to serving the education market, including strategic direction, product development, customer relations, increased sales, and overall success of the business. Fagan will partner with VP of engineering Tom Koller in leading product development efforts in research and development to ensure that Lightspeed provides 21st-century learners is the best technology and most reliable solutions in the industry. Koller is a co-founder of Lightspeed and has been the catalyst for the engineering team since 1990. Zeikle will lead the U.S. direct sales team of classroom consultants, and manage Lightspeed relationships with architects, engineers, and systems integrators. Hansen will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager for the West. Hollowell will continue to manage international partner relationships and will also assume responsibility for customer engagement marketing, inside sales development, and e-commerce. Jerry Ramey remains CEO and will devote his time to new market development and financial management. He will remain active in product development and mentoring the leadership team.
“Lightspeed is a special company where we all work together to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives,” said Solomon. “I am grateful to have a role in leading our company into the future.”
About Lightspeed Technologies
Established in 1990, Lightspeed Technologies is the trusted provider in classroom audio solutions. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe strengthening the connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning.
Lightspeed classroom audio systems allow teachers to speak in normal conversational tones while being assured that every child has an equal opportunity to hear all of the instruction. The no-installation, easy-to-use Redcat provides clear, low-volume, highly intelligible sound that is evenly distributed throughout the classroom so every child hears every word. The company’s audio system for small group instruction, Flexcat, gives teachers the ability to gain insights into small group interactions and learning. The Topcat has become the premier solution for new construction and renovations due to its ease of installation, wireless connectivity, and remarkable audio quality. For more information about Lightspeed classroom audio products, visit Lightspeed-tek.com.