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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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TLC Exhibiting at Texas Library Association Booth #1225

The Library Corporation (TLC) invites TLA attendees to visit Booth #1225 in Fort Worth, Texas, April 25-27, 2022. TLC will showcase vendor-agnostic cataloging services alongside their modern integrated library systems. Other highlights include Oracle cloud hosting and TLC’s new library mobile app option.

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, April 25, 2022 3:45p – 6:00p CT
  • Tue, April 26, 2022 10:00a – 5:00p CT
  • Wed, April 27, 2022 8:00a – 4:00p CT

To schedule a time to meet with the TLC team, please contact sales@tlcdelivers.com. Or stop by Booth #1225. 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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TLC Statement on Student Privacy in Library•Solution for Schools

TLC strongly considers student data privacy while developing the features requested by our customers. TLC has no plans to pursue development that would negatively impact student privacy but recognizes that we may be requested to do so by customers seeking to comply with local laws. In such cases, our intent would be to provide as much control as necessary to each customer to achieve the balance required in their district between privacy and compliance with applicable laws.

To give an illustrative example, librarians became concerned in the early 2000s about the Patriot Act enabling national security letters to libraries to compel patron and student loan histories. TLC implemented a control allowing each library system to opt-in or out of retaining loan history beyond the active period of the loan. This put the control at the customer level as to how best to discharge their mission while complying with applicable law. We believe this is a good pattern to replicate whenever possible, as opposed to TLC making a policy decision on behalf of all of our customers which some prefer, but puts others at compliance or legal risk.

LibrarySolution for Schools does not include parental control features, such as limiting or filtering search results or parental overrides on student access to library materials. In 2019 a large progressive district development partner requested that we provide more than one email field for notifications, facilitating parental notification of circulation statuses if their email is added to the student profile. This feature was not developed as parental control. It appears to have been motivated by overdue and loss rates within the district. The system default does not provide a check-out notification to a party other than the student. Additionally, should a district decide to use a paper checkout receipt or no checkout receipt, no check-out notification is provided via email to any recipient.

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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TLC Caters to Customers with Latest Library•Solution Release

The Library Corporation (TLC) announces the latest release of their LibrarySolution integrated library system: version 5.6.5. The latest customer-driven development improves Authority Control, user experiences, partner integrations, and more.

Catalogers using LibrarySolution may already be familiar with its powerful Authority Control. The latest update increases matching on ITSMARC and local authorities by 10-15%. Local unverified authorities are now also eligible for matching. Additionally, TLC expanded glossaries for terms from multiple source vocabularies. The source is now also displayed in the title editor, for preferred term selection. These improved data consistencies enhance search and discovery and reduce authority management tasks.

Additionally, catalogers can now select many terms for repeatable fields, with duplicate prevention. Repeatable fields include Awards, Genres, Subject Subdivision, and Contributor Roles. Based on customer requests, TLC added new relator terms for improved search. These include cover artist, inker, letterer, penciler, writer, writer of foreword, and writer of afterword.

This latest release also includes improvements for Reports in LibrarySolution. For a better user experience, more reports display book jackets pulled from the title’s ISBN. More reports also include a click-through link straight into the cataloging module. This streamlines report-based database management. Other usability improvements throughout this release target navigation, reducing both keystrokes and clicks.

“The solutions we provide to our customers are directly based on feedback and the use cases we hear from them,” said Sam Brenizer, Director of Product Management for LibrarySolution. “Between focus groups and the suggestions customers submit, we have been able to create value that fits our community’s growing needs.”

To maintain and strengthen partnerships with third-party vendors, TLC updated data extraction capabilities. Extractable item holdings codes and granular block statuses will improve inter-library resource sharing — especially for customers using INN-Reach. Development also focused on integrations with OverDrive and Syndetics Unbound.

The latest release of LibrarySolution is available now. Customers who choose to upgrade may submit a ticket to begin scheduling the upgrade process. More information is available in the Release Notes on LSCommunity.

To see LibrarySolution for yourself, please contact us at 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.

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TLC Exhibiting at PLA Booth #1711

From March 23 to March 25, 2022, The Library Corporation (TLC) invites PLA conference attendees to visit Booth #1711. TLC will showcase their modern integrated library systems: LibrarySolution and CARLSolution. Other offerings will include the TLC•Cloud Services hosting platform via Oracle, web-based reporting via IBM Cognos, and new TLC•Go! library mobile app option via Solus UK Ltd.

To schedule a time to meet with our team, please 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.

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Now Using Library•Solution: Organization of Watauga Libraries Join TLC

The Library Corporation (TLC) welcomes the Organization of Watauga Libraries (OWL) with the recent implementation of LibrarySolution. TLC completed the migration services from the SirsiDynix integrated library system for the multi-library organization.

“We are so excited to provide our OWL users with TLC,” shared Julia Turpin, Library Director for Johnson City Public Library and OWL President. “Migrating to this new system means that both our patrons and staff will have a better online experience of their library, which is more important than ever. TLC’s forward-thinking and intuitive ILS, as well as its mobile-friendly design, make the process of navigating patron accounts and browsing the catalog more seamless for everyone involved.”

Patrons will appreciate enriched PAC services via Syndetics Unbound. OWL catalogers will have ITSMARC, TLC’s subscription service for bibliographic and authority records. Meanwhile, acquisitions staff can access the one-stop-shop database of leading library vendors with Online Selection & Acquisitions (OSA).

In addition to the integrated library system and support services provided by TLC, the OWL database is hosted with TLC•Cloud Services, underpinned by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. 

Annette Murphy, CEO, welcomed the library system to the TLC family, “We are pleased to offer a modern and streamlined catalog to the Organization of Watauga Libraries, and we look forward to supporting the libraries for many years to come.”

Extending across 17 locations in the northeast corner of Tennessee, OWL serves Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties. The library system provides approximately 400,000 titles and about 780,000 items to over 200,000 cardholders in the community.

View OWL’s enriched and cloud-hosted catalog at owl.tlcdelivers.com. For more information on LibrarySolution, please reach out at 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.

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Longport Public Library Now Live on TLC•Go! Mobile App

The Library Corporation (TLC) is delighted to announce that Longport Public Library is now live with TLC•Go! — the latest mobile app solution provided by TLC in partnership with Solus UK Ltd. The Longport community of New Jersey is now able to access their library services via Android and iOS. TLC•Go! is seamlessly compatible with Longport Public Library’s integrated library system, LibrarySolution from TLC.

“We are very excited to now have our own library app,” shared Ricky Gerhardt, Library Director for Longport Public Library. “It will put all our resources into one location for our patrons, whether it is reading ebooks, streaming movies, downloading newspapers. They will have it all in one app.”

“We have enjoyed working with our partners at Solus to bring this library app to life for Longport Public Library,” said Annie Kirkland, Special Projects Manager at TLC. “With TLC•Go!, we are able to offer more services to libraries for increasing their community reach.”

Longport Public Library joins other TLC customers using the new mobile app: Novi Public Library (Michigan) and Wellington City Libraries (New Zealand) using CARLSolution, as well as Antioch Public Library District (Illinois), Muskingum County Library System (Ohio), Sanibel Public Library (Florida), and Warsaw Community Public Library (Indiana) using LibrarySolution.

To see the library app in action, search Longport Public Library in Google Play or the App Store. For more information on procuring your own mobile library app, please contact us at 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.

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Quipu Group and TLC Launch New eCARD Integration for Library•Solution Customers

Quipu Group LLC, a library technology company, has partnered with The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading supplier of integrated library systems and services, to develop new patron registration and update APIs. TLC’s newly created LibrarySolution APIs support seamless integration with Quipu Group’s eCARD online registration services, providing verified online card registration for LibrarySolution customers. Justin Duewel-Zahniser, TLC’s Chief Technology Officer shared, “It was a pleasure working with Quipu Group on behalf of our mutual customer, Warren County Library. We partnered closely on the initial integration development and testing, and are excited for the benefit this will bring to Warren County, and to our other mutual customers going forward.”

With eCARD, library patrons have easy access to library card self-registration, using Quipu’s intuitive online registration from the library’s website with the option to use on their in-library computers. Quipu’s eCARD system verifies and standardizes address information entered by the patron in real time for addresses in the U.S. and Canada. Once verified, a patron record is created in the LibrarySolution integrated library system and available for immediate use.

“We have enjoyed our development partnership with The Library Corporation (TLC) this past year and over the past decade. We found Justin Duewel-Zahniser and his team to be extremely collaborative and innovative. We love partnering with TLC, a company that shares Quipu’s values for providing excellence in customer services and software,” shared Robert Anderson, Quipu Partner.

In the past, the Quipu Group and TLC partnered to develop full-featured APIs that allow for seamless integration between Quipu’s eCARD product and TLC’s CARLSolution. CARLSolution integrations include Contra Costa County Library (CA), Los Angeles Public Library (CA), Metropolitan Library System (OK), Monroe County Library System (NY), Solano County Library (CA), and Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand.

About The Quipu Group
Founded in 2005, The Quipu Group, LLC. is a nationally recognized technology leader providing high quality, high value products that both inspire and empower library staff and users. Boasting over 36 years of service to the library industry collectively, the Quipu Group, LLC. partners continue to demonstrate their passion for the mission and democracy of libraries by being responsive, genuine and trustworthy in providing expertise, products and services to their library partners.

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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Latest CARL•Solution Release Advances Search & Discovery

The Library Corporation (TLC) is delighted to announce the latest release of the CARLSolution integrated library system. Among the variety of new features and customer-driven development made in this recent release is a distinct crowd favorite: enhanced searching infrastructure of the online catalog for more relevant results of titles containing special characters, alphanumerics, and compound punctuation — both in the traditional display and in the Grouped Title (FRBR) display.

An online catalog is often the first point of access into the library for patrons; therefore, its importance is obvious as library borrowers will be able to discover titles of interest and obtain a specific set of results that are most relevant to their needs. CARLConnect Discovery — the native CARLSolution discovery layer — provides a seamless and well-tuned experience for library users.

Search results now cross-reference additional sub-fields in the record to achieve more relevantly tailored results. A searcher interested in the discography of the Australian rock band AC/DC will have no trouble finding the library’s collection when searching with the slash. Similarly, the Stephen King novel about the time traveler who attempts to prevent a historic assassination will be searchable as 11.22.63 or 11/22/63 or even 112263. Keywords such as O’Keefe can be easily found by searching with or without the apostrophe.

CARLSolution customer Celia Morse, Automation Services Consultant with The Library Network, shared positively on the modern catalog for their community: “We made our decision to migrate to CARL because of the public interface and we haven’t regretted it.”

This latest release includes improved navigation in the catalog with the addition of jump-to-page numbers on search results and the ability to increase the number of results per page. Library staff will also appreciate improved navigation in CARLConnect Staff with more keyboard shortcuts and new dashboard displays.

Full item information stored in 949 tags is now discoverable in Z39.50 searches. This will enhance the search and display of library holdings for interlibrary loan use and other third-party vendors and libraries who search CARLSolution customer databases via Z39.50 protocols.

In-house discoverability received a nod in the latest update with the new limiting option for floating collections. Libraries can set items to float to other branches automatically upon return by setting limits on Location codes. Previously, libraries could set float limits against Media codes only.

Other new features in this release pave a path for future development with a continued focus to bring more functionality into the web-based interfaces. Development included new web-based Acquisitions functionality and advanced reporting through the early adopter release of IBM Cognos web-based reporting.

Jessica Seybold, a CARLSolution Product Owner, stated, “Our development is not just taking functionality from CARLX and placing it in CARLConnect. Instead, it’s being completely reevaluated to provide the ideal workflow and functionality that our customers want.”

The latest release of CARLSolution includes CARLX v9.7.1, CARLConnect Staff v1.6.7, CARLConnect Discovery v3.6.5, and CARLSolution APIs v2.0.1.

To see CARLSolution for yourself, please contact us at 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.

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