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Date: June 28th, 2011
Submitted By: Jean Thompson   -   Web Site: www.follett.com

Follett and Arkansas School for Blind

Follett Software Partners with
Southern Arkansas University to
Support Ark. School for the Blind

The children’s library at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will be getting an infusion of new materials, equipment and technology thanks to a service project undertaken by students from Southern Arkansas University, with an assist from Illinois-based Follett Software Company.

The Fincher Hall Project, which is named after the Southern Arkansas University (SAU) residence hall known for its mission of service, recently presented a check for more then $32,000 to the Arkansas School for the Blind. As part of the project, Follett Software donated Destiny® Library Manager™, its market-leading library management software product, to the school. Follett Software provides the K-12 educational community with open, integrated technology and content solutions that engage and inspire next-generation learning.

According to Maranda Cole, librarian for Arkansas School for the Blind, the donations will go a long way to bring the children’s library up to the 21st century and provide digital technology to greatly expand the library’s collection of books not currently available in Braille format.

During the 2010-11 school year, Fincher Hall residence hall students raised money on behalf of the library renewal project, while SAU graduate students attending this summer’s Library and Media Information Specialist Program spent 10 weeks evaluating and updating the school’s library, as well as recommending new books and technologies for purchase.

“What started as a simple idea last summer has turned into the most amazing project,” said Peggy Walters, library media and information specialist program director at SAU. “Collectively, the education industry partners, our Fincher Hall Residence Council, and SAU library media program are making a big difference for the Arkansas School for the Blind.”

Founded in 1859, the Little Rock-based school serves students who are blind and visually impaired ages birth through grade 12. It offers statewide quality educational programs and resources that enable its students to become productive, self-sufficient citizens through the involvement of all students, staff, parents and the community.

Follett Software’s Destiny Library Manager provides the school with an easy-to-use library management software that helps manage library resources, makes discovery easy and empowers districts to use their resources efficiently. Destiny Library Manager promotes and supports student achievement by creating library efficiency, engaging students and encouraging 21st century collaboration in a technologically rich learning environment.

Follett Software’s web-based Destiny platform is the leading library automation product for the K-12 marketplace in North America. Destiny Library Manager is currently in use in nearly 48,000 schools and more than 4,600 districts across the country.