Non-profit’s president/CEO provides for dynamic keynote tandem with Don Tapscott

MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 27, 2011 – Follett Software announced this week that Susan Patrick, president/CEO of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), will deliver the closing keynote address at the company’s 2011 User Conference, scheduled for March 9-11 in Chicago.

“Susan is a respected and influential voice on the subject of educational technology, and we have long been admirers of her work,” Tom Schenck, group president for Follett Technology Solutions and International Group, said of Patrick, who heads the non-profit association based in the Washington, D.C. area. “We are thrilled that she will play a significant role in our User Conference, and this gives our attendees the opportunity to hear two dynamic keynote speakers.”

It was previously announced that Don Tapscott, an international authority regarding the strategic impact of information technology on innovation, marketing and talent, will deliver the conference’s opening keynote speech on Thursday morning, March 10.

Patrick, the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, will speak at the Friday, March 11 luncheon that caps the three-day User Conference. iNACOL’s mission is to level the playing field for students through online learning, and ensure that all students have access to a world-class education and quality online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL’s 3,700-plus members represent a unique and diverse cross-section from K-12 education.

Titled “A New Leaf in Learning,” the Follett Software User Conference will be held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, where specially priced accommodations are available through Feb. 7. Conference registration is underway and is priced at $349 per person. Tapscott’s newest book, “MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World” – the sequel to his 2007 groundbreaking book, “Wikinomics” – was published last September, and will be given to conference registrants.

Schenck said the User Conference is designed for the education community, including superintendents, administrators, technology coordinators and directors, library media specialists and librarians, textbook coordinators and technicians, curriculum coordinators and teachers. Professional development sessions on topics such as data-driven decision making, curriculum and instruction, technology leadership, and library and resource management highlight the three day conference.

For more information, visit the User Conference page on Follett Software Company’s web site – – or call toll-free (800) 323-3397, extension 7357, or (815) 344-8700, extension 7357.

[Note to editors: Photo of Susan Patrick available upon request.]

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