New service helps K12 libraries with genrefication

Follett, a longtime leader in the K-12 library space, has unveiled Follett Genre Solutions to help simplify genrefication for librarians and media specialists seeking to make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more bookstore-like layout based on genres.

“Follett Genre Solutions can help schools create a library space that allows students better access to the books they love and the ability to explore new genres with ease,” said Steve Siegel, Senior Vice President Global Product and International, Follett School Solutions. “Genrefication makes it easy for kids to find books by their favorite genre, which increases reading and student literacy while at the same time freeing librarians to devote more attention to students needing more personalized attention.”

“Plus, those librarians who have genrefied their libraries often tell us how pleased they are at the large jump in circulation of their collection,” Siegel continued.

As genrefication has become more popular over the past few years, especially for the fiction collection, Siegel said schools and districts have looked to Follett to provide support for a wide range of their genre needs. The needs range from best practices assistance for flipping from Dewey, to simplified ordering, and even advice on which genres make most sense for use in the school library.

Eight months ago, Follett formed a Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of 27 experienced librarians and media specialists already using genres in their libraries.

“The Advisory Board, along with our internal team of librarians, evaluated more than a thousand genrefied libraries,” Siegel said. “We then created an efficient way to help streamline the genrefication process for our customers.”

In addition to producing a guide that explains how Follett Genre Solutions help a librarian or media specialist execute a successful genrefication transformation, further support is provided by the company through:

  • Do-It-Yourself Genre Starter Kits
  • Colorful labels and signage that Follett provides to all its genre customers
  • Titlewave improvements that allow genres to be automatically assigned to book orders
  • Tips for how to maximize the available features through Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Manager and Titlewave solutions.

For those who don’t have the time or resources to “flip” their libraries, Follett also offers genre consulting services.

“I would absolutely recommend Follett’s genrefication services to other schools,” said Cara Fitzgerald, librarian/literacy coach and academic coordinator, Equality Charter School in Bronx, N.Y. “If you have a clear vision of the reading experience you want to offer your students but aren’t entirely sure how to make it a reality, the Follett team will help you navigate the logistics to ensure that your dream comes to fruition.”

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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.

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About Follett Corporation |

Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools and more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library and global retail markets.


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