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Houston Independent School District Adopts Follett Technology to Simplify Management of Education Content, Data

By Abi Mandelbaum
August 27th, 2014

Follett Destiny Library Manager to provide educators, students with single point of access to their print, digital resources

MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 25, 2014 – Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest K-12 school district in the country, has adopted Follett’s Destiny® Library Manager™ for its new centralized, integrated library management solution. Destiny Library Manager will be implemented later this year throughout the 212,000-student district, which is comprised of 86 certified libraries and 282 campuses.

“Our clear focus was getting all of our district’s data in one place,” said Liz Philippi, library services manager, Houston ISD. “Our focus is to get all of our campuses on a union catalog so that we can share best practices and ideas on how to quickly access titles.”

Destiny, now in eight of the country’s 10 largest school districts, is a universal solution that provides students and teachers access to all their content through the Destiny portal regardless of its material type, format, distributor, and publisher, including websites, downloadable audio content and ebooks. Destiny offers a consistent and convenient user experience with single sign-on access.

Destiny Library Manager integrates with Houston ISD’s ebooks to support and enhance PowerUp, Houston’s district-wide initiative aimed at transforming teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. By providing students with 24-hour access to a digital device, the district’s goal is to create a personalized learning environment for 21st-century learners and engage today’s digitally wired students.

“We are excited to work with Houston ISD to ensure Destiny Library Manager is fully complementing the district’s PowerUp initiative, and working to help ensure its success,” said Tom Schenck, president and COO, Follett School Solutions. “This is clearly a visionary district, and we look forward to providing them with our long-term solutions in support of their high-performance learning environments.”

Philippi said Houston ISD will soon migrate all of the individual school sites’ library records, and is scheduled to go live with Destiny Library Manager in December.
For more information on Destiny Library Manager or any of Follett’s PreK-12 solutions, visit www.FollettLearning.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
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

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Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.