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New products for TLC continue their tradition for innovative and useful software components for the library professional.  Library.Request makes an important sale in Louisiana, Java interface for the integrated Library.Solution, CatNOW! a Web based retrospective cataloguing tool and the announcement of a new Asian MARC record service.

Louisiana selects Library.Request ILL system

June 2000

INWOOD, WV, June 26, 2000--The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading innovator in library automation and cataloging technology, today announced that the company’s LibraryRequest has been selected by the State Library of Louisiana to enable ISO compliant resource sharing for its 65 public libraries.

To ensure that the collection is accessible to all libraries in the system, TLC’s LibraryRequest utilizes ISO 10160/10161 protocol, conforming to a universal standard. As a result, these 65 libraries will have the benefit of seamless tracking and resource sharing around the state.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Thomas Jaques, Louisiana State Librarian, said, “It has become increasingly important for our librarians to not only communicate with each other, but share the collective resources of all our libraries. Having worked closely with TLC in the past, we are confident that it has the resources, capabilities and customer support commitment to deliver a superior statewide system and overall patron experience. We are excited about our expanded relationship with The Library Corporation.”


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Also commenting today was Annette Harwood-Bakhtiar, President and CEO at TLC, who said, “TLC has been a pioneer in providing innovative technology for resource sharing. The new service for Louisiana will enable users of different systems to easily share resources -- which was particularly attractive to them.  LibraryRequest will provide a quality tool for these libraries to better perform interlibrary loan functions and resource sharing.” Ms. Harwood-Bakhtiar also noted that TLC produces the ILL middleware used in many of the industry’s leading systems.

Site.Solution - new release

INWOOD, WV, June 6, 2000--The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading innovator in library automation and cataloging technology, today unveiled a powerful new version of its SiteSolution product, designed to enable libraries of all sizes and types to create new, or dramatically enhanced, Web sites – easily, affordably and quickly.

The new release of SiteSolution was engineered in response to extensive feedback from library officials nationwide, which found that the way in which the librarian and patron interact has changed fundamentally within the past two years, largely as a direct result of the explosive growth in Internet availability and usage.  “Thanks to the Web, the resources of today’s library can now extend throughout the community,” commented TLC CEO Annette Harwood-Bakhtiar.  “However, while patrons have come to expect library information to be accessible around the clock, most libraries are not able to afford a trained, dedicated staff professional whose primary mission is to create and maintain a professional Web site. When you factor in the added demands of graphic design and Internet coding, it’s simply too specialized a task for most libraries.”

To meet the growing need for high-performance, low-cost Web sites, SiteSolution was substantially updated. Among its many enhancements, the new release allows a Webmaster to add and remove pages, or upload images – all with just a few clicks. In addition, the librarian can use a Site Style Tab to quickly change the appearance of a Web site and select from a Predefined Pages feature to utilize pre-formatted Web pages that can be fully edited.

Users can also easily update a calendar of events and add single or multiple branch contact information through a user-friendly Contact Page. The updated e-mail page allows users of SiteSolution to change the main recipient’s e-mail address and carbon copy as many recipients as required. Examples of libraries using SiteSolution can be seen at: .

Asian records for ITSMARC

INWOOD, WV, May 30, 2000--The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading innovator in library automation and cataloging technology, today announced that it has substantially enhanced the company’s ITSMARC database to include 340,000 Chinese, Japanese and Korean MARC records available for cataloging.  All are cataloged by The Library of Congress and updated monthly on TLC’s ITSMARC.

Called Asian MARC, the expanded database from TLC is specifically engineered for libraries with Asian collections to add quality MARC records to their cataloging. The composition of the Asian MARC is approximately 46% Japanese, 40% Chinese, 13% Korean and 1% other languages. Records include descriptive information in Japanese, Chinese or Korean in Western script, translated into English.

Web-Based conversion tool - CATNOW!

INWOOD, WV, June 19, 2000--The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading innovator in library automation and cataloging technology, today introduced an innovative, web-based data entry program that enables quick and easy retrospective conversion and provides an economical method for current cataloging.

Called CATNOW!, the new cataloging system from TLC has been specifically designed to assist those libraries that implement retrospective conversion by using volunteers or untrained staff.  It presents an inexpensive, yet highly effective tool to perform current cataloging via the Internet.

“Now anyone from librarian to occasional volunteer can tackle the cumbersome task of cataloging with this innovative new product. CATNOW! is particularly user-friendly because the data entry function is performed in a basic screen – devoid of complex cataloging information,” explained Annette Harwood-Bakhtiar, President and CEO at The Library Corporation.  “In that way,” she continued, “the staff member simply enters basic information into the program, prompting a search for corresponding MARC records from the ITSMARC database. In addition, CATNOW! differs from traditional enrichment processes in that MARC records are provided for all entries, not just the ‘perfect matches.’ ”

Concluded Ms. Harwood-Bakhtiar, “The advantages of CATNOW! for the smaller library system  are considerable – speed, low-price, 100 percent delivery, and ease-of-use for untrained staff.  The new product is also representative of TLC’s ongoing commitment to provide the very best in library automation and cataloging services to libraries of all sizes and types.”

Java solution for Library.Solution

INWOOD, WV, --The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading innovator in library automation and cataloging technology, today announced it has developed a Java interface for the LibrarySolution circulation module— TLC’s highly-advanced integrated automation system—which it expects to make generally available later this year.

The new approach frees libraries to utilize any platform—Windows, Macintosh, Unix, Linux or other—for circulation terminals rather than migrate to one platform. By operating the new module as a web-based application, libraries need only employ an NT server to run the application. End-user terminals simply require a web browser to provide full access to the library’s circulation information. With the application running on the server, system requirements of workstations — RAM & hard drive space — are minimal, enabling the use of existing equipment.

“The economical benefits of TLC’s Java interface are clear: libraries won’t be required to cast aside older equipment and purchase new computer systems as long as their terminals support web browsers,” stated Annette Bakhtiar, President and CEO at The Library Corporation. Continued Ms. Bakhtiar, “An added advantage is that the interface can be modified by library staff. In addition, the web-based application allows TLC more flexibility in customizing user interfaces.”

Concluded Ms. Bakhtiar, “TLC strives to bring the most advanced integrated automation services to libraries of all sizes and budgets. The Java interface offers a compelling advantage to libraries with legacy equipment who will not have to replace PC’s to enjoy cutting-edge automation.”