Updates to TLC’s CARL Product Line Announced
The Library Corporation has announced the availability of their latest round of development for the CARL product line with the release of CARL•X™ v9.5.2, CARL•Connect v1.4.4, CARL•Connect Discovery v3.3.5, and CARL APIs v1.9.1.
With v9.5.2, CARL•X has incorporated MARC 21 Updates 19-24 for bibliographic and authority records. Additionally, new CARL•X Cascading Holds concepts are being introduced. CARL•X Cascading Holds provides consortia and large public library systems with the ability to more effectively manage hold fulfillment for a single library or group of libraries. In developing business logic that intelligently reviews a hierarchy, hold fulfillment can more effectively make use of local library and nearby library collections, before being moved to the system level. To support this work, updates were made to the CARL•X Cataloging, Circulation Service and the CARL•X MARCout Service APIs.
Keeping with the SoLoMo (Social, Local, Mobile) movement, TLC is providing Geolocation Services for CARL•Connect Discovery Mobile with v3.3.5. Using the device location, if allowed by the user, the mobile interface will calculate distances to library locations and provide users with the nearest proximity when viewing Locations and Copies. Additionally, new RDA filtering options were added to CARL•Connect Discovery to improve the user search experience, based on the new MARC RDA standards, including support for elements exclusive to those using TLC’s RDAExpress™.
The CARL•Connect staff feature set continues to grow with v1.4.4. In this release, the interactions with Item Creation and Maintenance have been enhanced. TLC has also added Staff Security settings for enabling or blocking access to sensitive functions, and options to set default Staff Displays. Users can complete bibliographic record searching from the CARL•Connect staff client that offers an advanced search interface and Boolean and shortcut search options, as well.
TLC is also pleased to announce the beta release of Self Check•Connect! It is the first self check system designed specifically for your library’s youngest users. Integrated into the CARL•Connect product line, children and students aged K-12 will enjoy a playful, independent interface for checking out library materials, with options to override a check out limit, if an item has recently been returned.
TLC has operated continuously under the same ownership since 1974 and employs over 200 people dedicated to delivering enterprise hardware and software solutions to public, school, academic, and special libraries worldwide. TLC’s cumulative products are deployed in more than 1,100 organizations, representing over 5,500 locations in North America. TLC is certified by the U.S. General Services Administration, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. TLC’s Headquarters is based in Inwood, W Va., and has additional offices in Denver, Minnesota, Singapore, and Ontario, Canada.