Follett Shelf is a free service that provides easy web-based access to all your Follett eContent. Follett Shelf supports and promotes easy usage of your Follett eContent from home, in the classroom or from anywhere with access to the web. You can also easily configure your Follett Shelf to allow your teachers and students to read Follett eBooks with a generic username and password or use their own specific username and password to support online checkouts and/or downloads of your Follett eBooks to PCs, Macs, laptops, netbooks and select mobile devices.
The Guest account in Follett Shelf is a generic account that allows simultaneous access by multiple patrons. Guest account users can read eBooks and access Digital Resource Links within your Follett Shelf, but cannot use personal features such as note taking, highlights, bookmarks or using the BryteWave K-12 Edition app.
To provide Guest user access to your Follett Shelf, click on Tools, Setup, Access Levels and enter the username and password that you want to utilize for Guest access under Guest Accounts in the Login and Password boxes and click on Save.
You can also define which Follett Reader is used by Guests for each device (this allows you to support iPad carts with Guest accounts, or PC and Mac stations that may not have Flash installed, etc.)
A patron account is an account for a unique patron. Patron accounts can be configured to allow Check-outs, prevent or allow access to specific eBook content, and unique patron accounts allow the user to take advantage of features such as note taking, highlighting, printing, copy & paste and bookmarks. A unique patron account is also required to use the BryteWave K-12 Edition app.
Yes; by clicking the "i" (information) icon in the reader, patrons will be able to click the "Checkout" button to circulate a title to themselves from within the BryteWave K-12 Edition reader.
When clicking the Follett Shelf button to close the BryteWave K-12 Edition reader and return to Follett Shelf, the patron will also have the option to check out the eBook before closing it (if they have not already checked out the title).
When logged in to Follett Shelf as an Administrator you can choose to hide titles from your patrons. Any title that is hidden will no longer appear on-screen when browsing or in search results. When hiding titles, you can sort your collection by Interest Level, Title, Author, Publication date or by hidden status, making it easier for you to sort and manage your collection. It is also possible to un-hide titles in cases where access to that eBook may be needed once again.
For more information on how to use the Hide feature, please log in to your Follett Shelf as an administrator and click Help in the Setup section.
If the user exits the browser without closing the eBook first, the title may be unavailable for up to 15 minutes, when inactivity will cause the system to make the title available to everyone again. To close a Follett eBook properly, click the Follett Shelf button in the top-left corner of the reader and confirm that you want to close the eBook.
Once you have logged in to your Follett Shelf (using the administrator credentials provided in the same email), you can define a guest username and password for your patrons; you can also set up unique usernames and passwords for your patrons. With unique patron accounts you can support features like online checkouts, bookmarks, highlights, notes and downloads.
The default sort is by cover view. In the menu bar directly above the cover images, patrons have the option to view eBooks as a List. There are also options for sorting alphabetically and by most recent additions to the Follett Shelf.
Yes; you can configure your Follett Shelf to allow anyone to browse your list of eBook titles without having to log in, until they decide to either read the title or check the item out. At that time they will be prompted to sign in. To enable this option, log in as the Follett Shelf Administrator and go to the Tools icon in the upper right-hand corner, select Setup, Access Levels and uncheck the box for "Require users to login to the Follett Shelf prior to searching".
There are two search tools available in Follett Shelf; the search bar and the "Narrow by;" search tool.
The search bar is located above the eBook cover images in Follett Shelf and will search on title, keyword, subject and author name. Once a search term has been entered, to return to the full Follett Shelf library, click the Follett Shelf link in the upper left-hand corner.
The "Narrow by:" search tool is located to the left of the eBook cover images in Follett Shelf and contains a variety of filter options to choose from such as Author, Subject, Publication Year, etc. Filters can be removed individually or all can be cleared at once.
Yes. As the administrator of your Follett Shelf, you can also choose whether you want to allow the automatic posting of all reviews, or if you would prefer to check all reviews before allowing them to become publically viewable. Note: Once a review has been approved it cannot be deleted.
Yes; click the tool icon and select Help in the upper right-hand corner of the Follett Shelf homepage. Here your users can find help on topics such as how to search Follett Shelf, how to check out material and how to use the eBook reader software.
If you are in the setup portion of Follett Shelf as an Administrator, the Help button will take you to a dedicated Administrator help section of our website where you can review information on Follett Shelf setup, quick reference guides, promotional materials to help you advertise your new digital resources, report creation, system requirements and technical specifications for Follett Shelf, as well as contact information when you need assistance with any digital resources you may be hosting through Follett Shelf.
Yes; local subjects can now be added to any eBook on your Follett Shelf. To add local subjects, sign in as the Follett Shelf Administrator and click on the "i" beneath the cover image of the eBook to which a local subject is to be added. In the Title Details panel that appears, click the Options tab in the top menu bar. From here you can enter a heading and subject type of your choosing. Please log in to your Follett Shelf as an administrator and click Help in the Setup section to see the help video on adding local subjects.
Yes, through the use of patron and circulation types, users can set up content to be viewed by specific subsets of students. Please view the videos available within the admin Follett Shelf help section for more assistance.
Yes; if you provide your patrons with access to your Follett eContent from your Follett Shelf as well as your library system, please be aware that:
Any time a copy of an eBook is in use (from either your Follett Shelf or from your library system) that copy will not be available for reading or checkout by other users of either your Follett Shelf or your library system.
If your patrons are seeing this error message when accessing your Lerner Interactive Books you will need to contact your Technical Support department to request that they add https://*.lernerbooks.com/ to their proxy white-list. This should allow unrestricted access to your Lerner titles.
Yes, all Follett Shelf functionality that is accessible through a PC or tablet is available on a smartphone with internet access. Please refer to the System Requirements page for specific information about supported browsers.
Upon first login, administrators should change their password, but selecting Change Password from the dropdown menu under your username. In addition, it is recommended that users provide an email address for password recovery. From the Setup menu select Manage Patrons, search for your credentials, edit, enter your email address and save. There is also a video on how to make this change in your Follett Shelf which can be accessed as an administrator under Help in the Setup section.
Yes; you can set a circulation type in Follett Shelf as the default; when Follett eBooks are delivered to your Follett Shelf, they will automatically be assigned to the default circulation type. For district FollettShelves in particular, this will simplify the process of limiting access to eBooks based on patron type.
E.g. A district creates a circulation type, "High School eBooks" and sets it as the default circulation type. An order for high school appropriate Follett eBooks is then placed; the eBooks are delivered to the district Follett Shelf and automatically assigned to the "High School eBooks" circulation type.
For more information on setting up circulation types, please view the videos available within the admin Follett Shelf help section.
Because of the smaller screens on smartphones we made the default view the List view. This view allows users to look at the title, cover image and a brief synopsis of the eBook and to open or check out the title without having to navigate to the title details screen.
The List view is also available on tablets and PCs and Cover view is available to smartphone users with the tap of the Cover button so users can pick their preferred view by device.