50th Anniversary Spotlight: Annette H. Murphy

50th Anniversary Spotlight: Annette H. Murphy

Celebrating 50 Years of TLC: An Ode to our Co-founder, Annette H. Murphy

As we look back on the last 50 years of The Library Corporation, it’s only natural to reflect on the visionary behind it all: Annette H. Murphy. Her unwavering dedication, pioneering spirit, and profound love for libraries have left an indelible mark on not only TLC, but the entire library profession.

In an era where change is the only constant, TLC has stood steadfast in its commitment to libraries. From its inception in 1974, the company’s mission has been clear: to provide unparalleled services and products tailored exclusively for the library community. This dedication to libraries remains the top priority, even as the world around us evolves.

Central to TLC’s ethos is its emphasis on superior customer service. Mrs. Murphy’s vision of fostering a familial atmosphere within the company has ensured that TLC remains more than just a vendor; it’s a trusted partner. Libraries know they can rely on TLC for both cutting-edge technology and for the unwavering support of a dedicated team.

Over the past five decades, TLC has been at the forefront of library innovation, constantly adapting to emerging trends and technologies. From pioneering the use of CD-ROMs for record searching to offering the first online public access catalog (PAC), TLC has consistently pushed the boundaries to empower libraries and the communities they serve.

When asked about her proudest moments, Mrs. Murphy’s response reflects the breadth of TLC’s contributions to the library profession. The company began its tenure in the industry with milestones like MARCfiche and BiblioFile, and progressed to the revolutionary integrated library systems (ILS) and online PAC. Each product represents the transformative leap forward for libraries worldwide.

TLC has embarked on a year-long celebration of its achievements, marked by sparkling cider toasts, the launch of a new online merchandise store, a reception at PLA, and a variety of events that serve as a testament to TLC’s enduring commitment to its employees, customers, and the broader library community. Yet, it’s clear that Mrs. Murphy’s vision extends far beyond just the festivities. 

Looking ahead to the next 50 years, Mrs. Murphy’s boundless ambition and belief in the power of imagination offer a glimpse into what the future may hold. Her prediction: “What you will see in the next 50 years depends on whether or not we listen to the dreamers and people with great imaginations.” In a world where the imaginings of far-out dreamers become reality, TLC’s role as a catalyst for change and innovation is more distinct than ever. Annette H. Murphy is a true trailblazer in the world of libraries.

Remaining a change agent is vital to staying ahead of the technology curve. In Mrs. Murphy’s own words: “If you don’t have enough confidence, you let others intimidate you.” TLC remains unintimidated as we celebrate our extraordinary 50-year journey and confidently continue to provide stability, excellence, and unparalleled service. 

Cheers to the next 50 years of innovation, collaboration, and unwavering dedication to libraries everywhere. Happy anniversary, TLC!

About The Library Corporation
TLC has operated continuously under the same ownership since 1974 and employs over 200 people dedicated to delivering enterprise software and hardware 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 and worldwide. 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 Colorado, Minnesota, and Singapore.




Lis Greiner