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TeachingBooks and The Library Corporation Announce New Collaboration

The Library Corporation (January 30, 2024) —  Schools with a mission to enhance student reading success will be pleased with the latest integration announced today between TeachingBooks and The Library Corporation (TLC). The organizations collaborated to provide one-click access to a collection of book-specific resources designed to enrich the reading experience, directly from the school library catalog. Students and teachers using TLC’s LS2 PAC or LS2 Kids catalogs, within LibrarySolution for Schools, can now easily discover and instantly use TeachingBooks’ vast and affordable digital collection of resources that encourage engagement and connection to more than 90,000 books for children and young adults.

Learn more about this integration by visiting TeachingBooks in the ‘Sora by OverDrive’ booth #2040 at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) in Austin, Texas from February 3-7.

“As a librarian and mom, I can say that TeachingBooks is the perfect companion for learning more about my son’s favorite books and discovering new titles for him to read,” said Ashley Chassé, Product Marketing Manager and a subject matter expert on the integration within TLC’s LibrarySolution. “The time and care they take to create quality resources show just how passionate Nick Glass and his team at TeachingBooks are about kids and reading.”  

With this new integration, TLC’s LibrarySolution catalog now automatically populates a “TeachingBooks” button on the left-hand side of title pages, allowing educators to click directly to dozens of resources for each specific book. Resources from TeachingBooks that are now accessible directly from the TLC catalog include video book trailers, read-along audiobook performances, Meet-the-Author introductions and interviews, Multi-Leveled Lessons, discussion and activity guides, and Audio Name Pronunciations of authors sharing how to say their name.

Nick Glass, Founder and Head of TeachingBooks, added, “TLC’s library catalogs for schools have always consistently showcased the beauty of books while making access and inquiry so easy. We are thrilled to build this collaboration to support our mutual school partners and increase access of our dynamic resources directly in their LibrarySolution catalog.”

TLC continues to expand its discovery layer capabilities by bringing another seamless integration to the LibrarySolution user base, one that provides access to a unique toolset which enhances the reading experience,” said Sam Brenizer, Director of Product Management, Schools at TLC. “I’m delighted to deliver this functionality and enable teachers and librarians to connect their students with wonderful resources that make the reading experience more engaging.”  

Learn more information about TLC and TeachingBooks. To see a demonstration, please contact sales@TLCdelivers.com or visit TeachingBooks in the ‘Sora by OverDrive’ #2040 and TLC #2154 at TCEA.

About TeachingBooks
TeachingBooks is an engaging collection of resources that brings children’s and young adult’s books to life. With access to hundreds of thousands of materials including original author interviews, video book trailers, discussion questions, vocabulary lists, interactive games and more, 55,000 schools and libraries have received more than 71 million unique investigations in 2022. Awarded the Best Digital App of 2020 by the American Association of School Librarians and the 2021 Common Sense Education Selection for Learning, TeachingBooks was founded in 2000 and is in Madison, Wisconsin USA. TeachingBooks was acquired by OverDrive in 2021. TeachingBooks.net   

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 Honored with Second Platinum Award for School-Focused Integrated Library System

The Library Corporation (January 11, 2024) —  The Library Corporation (TLC) is honored to receive a multiyear platinum distinction in LibraryWorks’ tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for LibrarySolution for Schools. TLC is chiefly honored to receive two perfect scores. The schools-focused integrated library system (ILS) stands out not only for its functionality, but also and especially for the unmatched quality of service delivered by TLC.

“We have used LibrarySolution for Schools for 22 years,” shared an anonymous judge. “The quality of service is unmatched. TLC listens to their customers and develops the product based on direct customer feedback.”

LibrarySolution for Schools is standards-aligned enterprise software with industry-leading business intelligence reporting, flexible and secure single sign-on, distinctly modern discovery layer catalogs, and more. The ILS stands out not only for its functionality, but more so for its customer service.

One judge stated, “TLC has always been responsive and a great partner to ensure our libraries continue to be a powerful resource for our students and staff.”

“LibrarySolution has done a wonderful job of supporting our school district at [the] point of need,” submitted another judge. “The staff is committed to helping us, immediately, when we reach out. Not only are the staff at [TLC] responsive, but they take the time to get to know us as a school district. Their individualized service, for us, is unmatched.”

The MLAs were created to recognize top products and services in the library industry. Only customers with experience using the ILS 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 ILS received an overall score of 9.8 out of 10, scoring highest in the following categories:

  • Quality of the service delivered by TLC: 10 (out of 10)
  • Satisfaction with TLC, the company providing LibrarySolution for Schools: 10 (out of 10)
  • Functionality of LibrarySolution for Schools: 9.75
  • Quality of LibrarySolution for Schools: 9.75

For more information on the LibrarySolution for Schools product suite or for tentative consultation on switching between library software providers, 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’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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Rochester (NY) City School District Pioneers RFID in the School Library Setting

Never shy about taking on a challenge, Rochester (NY) City School District tackled a migration of their Integrated Library System (ILS) and implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the same year.

Under the leadership of Dr. Colleen Sadowski (Executive Director Library & Media Services) and Dr. Melissa Frost (Systems Librarian) the district migrated 43 school libraries in 2022-2023 from the Follett Destiny ILS to The Library Corporation’s LibrarySolution for Schools Integrated Library System.

“One of the key factors in our decision to change from Follett Destiny to TLC’s LibrarySolution for Schools was the vast selection of ready-made reports available to us,” said Dr. Sadowski. “If we find we need something different, TLC will build reports specifically for us.”

Also in 2023, Rochester City School District implemented RFID in their school libraries with Tech Logic.

While thousands of public libraries have implemented RFID for efficiencies in circulation workflow, school libraries have been slower to adopt it due to conversion costs. However, Dr. Frost and Dr. Sadowski developed a successful case for moving to RFID based first and foremost on more efficient inventories and fewer repetitive motion injuries.

Finding missing materials using RFID also meant money saved on replacement costs. In addition, some of the district’s high schools will adopt RFID for self-checkout.

“The primary goal for our RFID project was faster, less cumbersome inventories to meet the requirements for annual inventories in school libraries in New York state,” Dr. Sadowski explained.

Their libraries were struggling to complete inventories because manual scanning required days of effort. Staff also suffered repetitive motion injuries from triggers on the barcode scanners and crawling to access books on low shelves. Inventory was a necessary evil, but an unpopular task that was difficult or impossible for all libraries to complete each year.

Through her research, Dr. Frost learned about the benefits of using RFID for inventory and ongoing shelf management.

Earlier in the year, at FETC 2023, Rochester described their motivations for pioneering RFID in the school library setting (see the full FETC 2023 presentation, below).

Rochester City School District selected Tech Logic for their RFID project because of the sister-company relationship between TLC and Tech Logic. Collaboration between the companies ensures system compatibility and combined customer support and problem solving.

“The Tech Logic tagging software was easy to train and use at the shelves or at circulation desks,” said Dr. Frost, “an important consideration for a large multi-site system and librarians with a wide range of technology skills.”

Library staff were responsible for tagging each collection with the addition of extra hours, teachers fulfilling professional development hours, volunteers, substitutes, and students doing service projects. During tagging, the condition of each item was assessed for damage and weeded as necessary.

Whether working in teams of two or as individuals, tagging worked best for the schools in four-hour blocks. Collection size for each district library averaged around 6,000 items and tagging was usually completed in 40 hours depending on other demands.

After RFID tagging was completed, the libraries were ready for streamlined inventory using staffCIRC TRAK, Tech Logic’s multi-function handheld RFID scanner. Tech Logic’s staffCIRC TRAK software supports four types of RFID shelf scanning:

– Gathering barcode numbers for inventory (and, with TLC’s ILS solutions, automatically relaying the barcode data to the inventory module)

– Checking individual item statuses against the ILS in real time and flagging exception statuses

– Locating specific lists of items

– Verifying active RFID tag security

Staff members used staffCIRC TRAK to gather barcode numbers quickly from shelved items, which automatically relayed the barcode data to the LS2 Inventory module in LibrarySolution for Schools.

 

Tech Logic’s staffCIRC TRAK wand communicates wirelessly in real time with the library’s ILS, notifying the user immediately when it detects a shelved item that has an exception status.

 

In the past, gathering barcode numbers for inventory took Rochester’s staff several full workdays because they had to pull and scan each item barcode manually. Now, with RFID and staffCIRC TRAK, inventory scanning is done in a few hours. After a quick scan of the shelves with staffCIRC TRAK, LS2 Inventory updates in real time and produces a “Missing Item” report for the inventoried collection.

This process also serves to help staff identify items that have been missed during tagging. After tagging those missed items, the  items that are truly missing are deleted and considered for replacement by school librarians.

“We have found that we have more accurate inventories, and it is easier to find books on our shelves that may have wandered back in after being deleted or loaned elsewhere,” said Dr. Frost.

Challenges for Rochester on this project came in two areas—barcode symbology used in their previous ILS and inaccurate RFID tag encoding by a book jobber. TLC solved the barcode symbology problem with database customization during migration. Inaccurate RFID tag encoding by a book jobber created problems that delayed inventory in some locations until Tech Logic developed a customized solution.

Dr. Frost recommends spot checking new acquisitions arriving from book jobbers with an antenna to verify the correct RFID tag encoding.

Dr. Frost also offers other suggestions for school libraries following in their path. “Check to make sure that volunteers who tag materials are encoding and adhering the tags correctly in each item. Don’t worry about weeding for condition before the tagging project, because you’ll handle each item as you tag.”

The results of Rochester’s RFID project are completely tagged and weeded collections that satisfy the school district’s requirements. The collections are also ready for ongoing inventories and shelf management with staffCIRC TRAK to locate missing or lost materials. Students and faculty further appreciate using an up-to-date catalog.

“The staffCIRC TRAK wands are very popular,” said Dr. Frost, “and each library would now like to have their own.”

Congratulations to Rochester City School District for spearheading RFID in the school library setting!

Before RFID, inventories took several full workdays and lots of repetitive motion as each item was pulled from the shelf and scanned manually with a barcode scanner (left). Now, with RFID and staffCIRC TRAK, inventories are done in a few hours with the sweep of staffCIRC TRAK wand across the shelved items (right).

 

Tech Logic connects libraries with their communities through dynamic, innovative, and efficient workflow technologies—delivering unparalleled service and outstanding patron experience. Since 1997, we have worked exclusively with libraries to develop solutions that empower library patrons and staff.

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TLC Toasts to 50 Years at AASL 2023 – Booth #623

The Library Corporation (TLC) invites attendees of AASL 2023 to visit Booth #623 for a sparkling cider toast in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary. The annual American Association of School Librarians conference will take place October 19-21, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. In addition to this milestone commemoration, TLC will showcase their industry-leading district report options and Chromebook-ready library app. Library Superhero t-shirts will also be given away at the booth while supplies last.

Beyond its rich history of providing advanced library solutions since 1974, TLC pioneered the first centralized school library solution in the early 2000s. District administrators can run single reports across all school branches to analyze collections, circulation, borrowers, and more. More recently, TLC has launched Report Dashboards to make enterprise-level data analysis available at a glance.

Attendees are encouraged to join us for a sparkling cider toast on opening night to see how much TLC has influenced library technology in the last 50 years and remains a strong option for the school libraries of today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Booth Schedule

  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 5:00p – 7:00p ET
    • Sparkling Cider Toast & Refreshments
  • Friday, October 20, 2023 9:00a – 4:30p ET
    • Superhero T-Shirt Giveaway at 9:00a and 2:00p
  • Saturday, October 21, 2023 9:00a – 1:00p ET

To schedule a demo, please contact sales@TLCdelivers.com or visit TLC at Booth #623.

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 & 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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Middlesex School (MA) Launches TLC•Go! Mobile App

The Library Corporation (TLC) is delighted to announce its first implementation of TLC•Go! as a school library mobile app solution. At the start of the fall semester, students attending Middlesex School, an independent secondary school near Concord, Massachusetts, began accessing their favorite Warburg Library services and other school resources via Android or iOS. TLC•Go!’s seamless integration with the library’s automation system, LibrarySolution for Schools, made for a smooth implementation.

Middlesex hosts over 400 students in grades 9-12, with 70% boarding on campus. The campus library, Warburg Library, carries over 43,000 physical materials in addition to its extensive digital collection. Integrating TLC•Go! has allowed students to access titles and eResources — such as links to Sora materials — from anywhere on campus or at home, in a convenient all-in-one library app.

The app has been live for a full semester now at Middlesex. “Having the library in the palm of your hand makes it so much easier for our students to find what they are looking for,” said Jeff Smith, Director of Warburg Library. “No more jotting down call numbers on post-it notes.”

Staff at the school can customize the app from the Content Management System to update resources and announcements throughout the semester. Customizable settings in the app allow students to change the language, layout, brightness, and notifications. Native accessibility features also impact the app display for equitable access for all students.

“By fostering a lifelong love of learning and teaching crucial information literacy skills, libraries are — at their core — the heart of our academic organizations,” declared Annette Murphy, CEO of TLC. “We appreciate the opportunity to support Warburg Library’s mission and offer TLC•Go! and LibrarySolution for Schools as portals into their invaluable library services.”

To see the library app in action, search Warburg Library MX School in Google Play or the App Store. For more information on procuring your own mobile library app, please contact TLC 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 Honored with Platinum Award for Library•Solution for Schools

The Library Corporation (TLC) is honored to receive a platinum distinction in LibraryWorks’ ninth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for LibrarySolution for Schools. The integrated library system (ILS), designed for K-12 school libraries, has been optimized with over 20+ years of partner collaboration for daily workflows and transitions between school years.

LibrarySolution for Schools provides complete, seamless integration of its full suite of web-based interfaces: circulation, enriched public access catalog & distinct children’s catalog, cataloging with authority control, advanced inventory management, centralized reports management & scheduling, serial metadata, online acquisitions, digital content integration, eCommerce, SIP integration, and more.

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 2022 by using a simple application and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. The submitted products were batched into small groups 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 LibrarySolution for Schools 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 ILS scored highest in the following categories:

  • LibrarySolution for Schools vs. competitive/similar products: 9.33
  • Quality of the service delivered by TLC: 9.25

One customer shared anonymously, “We have been with TLC for 21 years, and have migrated to a Hosted Solution with them. Service is impeccable; and I feel extremely confident in their security of our data.”

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager said, “It’s hardly a surprise that TLC scored so well. LibrarySolution for Schools has been at the forefront of the school library industry since its initial release in 2002.”

For more information on the LibrarySolution for Schools product suite, 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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Rochester City School District Selects Library•Solution for Schools

Rochester City School District (RCSD) has selected The Library Corporation (TLC) for its new library software. As an alternative to Follett Destiny, TLC will provide LibrarySolution for Schools to the district. RCSD was able to leverage its membership in the New York State DREAM Consortium to choose TLC as the preferred vendor. The library management system will be live in the school libraries at the end of August 2022.

“One of the key factors in our decision to change from Follett Destiny to TLC LibrarySolution was the vast selection of ready-made reports available to us,” shared Dr. Colleen Sadowski, Director of School Library System & Media Services at Rochester City School District. “In New York, we submit an annual report to the state every year, and TLC has created reports that will make this much easier to provide the data the state requests. If we find we need something different, TLC will build reports specifically for us.”

Dr. Sadowski added, “In speaking with current long-time users of LibrarySolution, they provided only positive feedback on TLC’s customer service and technical support. We are looking forward to working with TLC for years to come.”

Librarians in the district are eager to get students interested in the new library management system. To start promoting it, RCSD created t-shirts using Scout, the mascot for LS2 Kids — TLC’s online catalog for early readers. “My compliments to your designer,” shared Dr. Melissa Frost, School Librarian with RCSD. “It is Scout with the book image that really makes the shirt.”

The age-appropriate catalog options will also include OPAC enrichment via Syndetics Unbound. Librarians will have access to ITSMARC, TLC’s online copy cataloging resource with over 81 million records. The combination of services will allow students to easily search and find their resources quickly.

TLC will host RCSD’s library management system using TLC•Cloud Services. The Oracle-based cloud platform complies with New York Educational Law Section 2-d for student data privacy.

“Our dedication to protecting student data is at the forefront of our development practices,” said Annette Murphy, TLC’s CEO. “Rochester City School District can expect excellence from TLC.”

As an awarded vendor of the DREAM Consortium, TLC will also provide RFID equipment to RCSD through its Tech Logic subsidiary. For more information on TLC’s full suite of library services, 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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TLC Provides Back-to-School Support for its K-12 District Libraries

While school librarians prepare for students to return, TLC helps with a seamless transition. The library software company provides a team within its Client Services division devoted to school success. Some of the larger districts have their own dedicated representative for year-round support.

TLC will support the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) with back-to-school software training. Mike Sweeney — HIDOE’s TLC support representative — will be on-site during the 2022 Hawaii School Library Conference. August 1st is an all-day training of LS2 basics. August 2nd is an LS2 refresher plus instruction on LS2 Cataloging.

Likewise, librarians at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will train with Joe Horning, TLC’s on-site support representative. TLC will provide a refresher on August 2nd and 11th for existing CPS library staff. Training for new hires will take place on August 18th.

In addition to the training opportunities that take place for many K-12 districts, TLC provides a checklist of summer tasks. From a list of recommended year-end reports to updating SIS connections, the list includes helpful tasks to start the school year. TLC’s Client Services team can help schools with any of this summer work.

The summer is also ideal for districts to complete projects with district-wide impact. For instance, Anchorage School District worked with TLC this summer to complete their migration to TLC•Cloud Services. Other schools used the opportunity to upgrade to the latest TLC software.

With a dedicated team year-round and extra attention during back-to-school, TLC supports schools. “Especially at a time when librarians and media specialists have many added responsibilities,” stated Annette Murphy, TLC’s CEO. “We want our schools to know that TLC is here for you.”

For more information on how TLC can support your school district, 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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