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TLC’s ITS•MARC Cataloging Service Receives Another Platinum Award

The Library Corporation (January 11, 2024) —  The Library Corporation (TLC) is honored to receive another platinum distinction for ITSMARC in LibraryWorks’ tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). With access to over 82.9 million records, including both bibliographic and authority records, TLC’s online copy cataloging has provided a noteworthy alternative to records provided directly from the book vendor.

TLC is celebrating 50 years of delivering quality solutions to libraries worldwide since introducing a source of MARC records on microfiche in 1974. Since then, TLC has been a leader in metadata, with its cataloging services getting better every year. After partnering with additional library contributors to grow its copy cataloging service in 2022, TLC is honored that this improvement has culminated in a platinum MLA for the second year in a row.

“This product has saved us a lot of time and money,” shared one anonymous judge. “It has saved us staff time for sure but it also has enabled us to stop purchasing MARC records from our book vendors. It is also super easy to use and has a modern interface.”

The MLAs were created to recognize top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall of 2023 and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries.

Only customers with experience using ITSMARC in their libraries were permitted to judge, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the library management system on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer services, etc. 

The resource scored highest in the following categories:

  • Quality of the service delivered by TLC: 9.56
  • Satisfaction with TLC, the company providing ITSMARC: 9.33

ITSMARC is an ILS-agnostic service that draws its records from 23 separate databases, including voluntarily contributed records from public libraries, school libraries, and consortia across the country.

Another anonymous judge shared: “Using ITSMARC has allowed me to get the most descriptive cataloging of new materials added to our library collection. Any time I have needed assistance in the past, TLC has been responsive and quick, always to my satisfaction.”

For more information and to sign up for a 90-day risk-free trial of ITSMARC visit itsmarc.com or contact sales@tlcdelivers.com.

 

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.

About LibraryWorks
LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor.

About the Modern Library Awards program
The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-
experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.

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TLC & Tech Logic Share “Libraries Are Essential” Messaging at ALA

The Library Corporation (TLC) and Tech Logic invite attendees of the American Library Association (ALA) summer user conference who believe Libraries are Essential to visit Booth #4516/4616. The companies will be exhibiting June 23-26, 2023, at the conference in Chicago, Illinois, and are encouraging attendees to see how libraries are supported by their essential services. T-shirts with the “Libraries are Essential” phrase will also be given away at the booth while supplies last.

TLC has been providing library solutions to public libraries and school districts for nearly 50 years. A sampling of these solutions will be showcased at the conference for catalogers, system administrators, and library staff who would benefit from unparalleled support.

We ask attendees to keep an eye out for the biggest AMH show machine that Tech Logic has ever brought to a conference. Spanning booths 4516 and 4616, this fully functioning AMH system will be decorated like a caterpillar and will sort books up and over the aisle. Attendees are encouraged to induct items and watch them be sorted to the next booth. 

Tech Logic will also have new selfCIRC LOCKERS at the booth, as well as self-checkout systems, security gates, and shelf management.

Booth Schedule

  • Fri, June 23, 2023 5:30p – 7:00p CT  — Giveaway at 5:30p
  • Sat, June 24, 2023  9:00a – 5:00p CT — Giveaway at 10:10a
  • Sun, June 25, 2023  9:00a – 5:00p CT — Giveaway at 10:10a
  • Mon, June 26, 2023  9:00a – 2:00p CT

To schedule a time to meet with the teams, please contact sales@tlcdelivers.com. Or stop by Booth #4516/4616.

 

About The Library Corporation & Tech Logic

Established in 1974 and under the same ownership today, The Library Corporation (TLC) continues to pioneer library technology with award-winning integrated library systems and standalone copy cataloging services. Over 5,500 libraries worldwide use LibrarySolution, LibrarySolution for Schools, CARLSolution, ITSMARC, and eBiblioFile from TLC.

Tech Logic, established in 1997 and part of the TLC family since 2005, provides innovative solutions like automated material handling (totalAMH), streamlined staff tools (staffCIRC), and patron self-service (selfCIRC) to hundreds of libraries across North America and internationally. 

Together, TLC and Tech Logic provide a unified experience and unparalleled customer support – from an international, woman-owned small business – for libraries seeking single-vendor systems integration. The company is headquartered in West Virginia, with offices in Colorado, Minnesota, and Singapore.

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TLC Exhibiting at Florida Library Association Booth #46

The Library Corporation (TLC) invites attendees of FLA to visit Booth #46. The annual Florida Library Association conference will take place May 23-25, 2022, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. TLC will demo its latest library mobile app and award-winning modern integrated library systems. Attendees can also learn more about cloud hosting and TLC’s vendor-agnostic cataloging services.

Integrated Library Systems

  • LibrarySolution — 100% web-based software designed for the greatest library efficiency and improved daily workflows
  • LibrarySolution for Schools — K-12 library management with age-appropriate user experiences for all students
  • CARLSolution — Purpose-built software for complex libraries with annual custom development commitments


Plus…

  • TLC•Cloud Services — A cloud hosting service that utilizes Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
  • TLC•Go! — A world-leading and customizable library app that also lets borrowers checkout from their own device


Cataloging Services

  • RDAExpress — Automate your library’s entire RDA conversion process in 24 hours or less
  • eBiblioFile — Continuous delivery of RDA-enriched MARC records for your OverDrive and cloudLibrary records
  • ITSMARC — Over 77 million high-quality bibliographic and authority records from 20+ databases, via web or Z39.50


Booth Schedule

  • Mon, May 23, 2022 4:00p – 6:00p ET
  • Tue, May 24, 2022 8:00a – 1:00p ET

To schedule a time to meet with the TLC team, please contact sales@tlcdelivers.com. Or stop by Booth #46. Representatives can discuss your library’s needs and answer any questions about TLC products and services.

 

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.

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Libraries Contribute Bibliographic Records for TLC’s ITS•MARC Databases

The Library Corporation (TLC) has expanded ITSMARC resources with new contributed datasets. TLC established new partnerships to provide libraries with access to recently published titles. The high-quality copy cataloging service from TLC now provides over 81 million records from 23 databases. Of which, school and public library partners contribute 1.2 million records, with more on the way.

By partnering with library contributors, TLC continues to grow its cataloging data services. Catalogers will have access to resources from a variety of media types. Bibliographic records for recently published materials will be easy to find. New school contributors have helped increase access to title records for specialized materials.

Continual updates to ITSMARC provide ongoing value to TLC customers. “Cataloging is a craft,” said Sam Brenizer, Director of Product Management. “It’s wonderful to see so many of our customers share their talents, thereby creating an ever-growing community resource. It’s a partnership between TLC and the library community resulting in benefits to the entire ITSMARC family.”

Any subscriber can access ITSMARC databases through their cataloging application or at itsmarc.com. The contributed records are updated weekly in the Contributed School & Public (ConSP) database.

As of March 2022, TLC has approved the following library systems as contributors to ConSP:

  • Bee Cave Public Library (TX)
  • Champaign County Library (OH)
  • Chesterfield Public Schools (VA)
  • La Porte County Public Library (IN)
  • Paul Sawyier Public Library (KY)

More customer datasets are currently under review, and TLC is encouraging new contributors to join. To learn more, please contact us at sales@TLCdelivers.com or visit itsmarc.com.

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.

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