INWOOD, WV— March 31, 2003 – Dallas Independent School District (ISD) in Texas will upgrade from a Dynix system to SchoolLibrary.Solution, TLC's Oracle-based centralized automation system for school districts.
Dallas ISD is the twelfth largest school district in the nation. Students in 67 of the district's schools recently achieved high marks on state-mandated testing, as ranked by the Texas Education Agency. The district has a collection of 2.4 million items, which its 185,000 students and staff will access via the SchoolLibrary.Solution catalog from any of the 45,000 computers on the district's network.
Reasons Dallas ISD chose SchoolLibrary.Solution include its appeal to users and its interaction with the Internet, Dallas ISD Director Linda Garrett said. “In order to meet the current needs of our patrons, we needed to upgrade to a graphical system that was more appealing to our patrons and allowed better interaction with the Internet and other libraries,” she explained. “Our district recently selected Oracle as a database standard and the new library automation system had to be Oracle compliant.”
TLC's understanding of the needs of urban school districts was also important, Ms. Garrett said. “With 218 schools in the district and another 20 under construction, we need a flexible and sophisticated library automation system, backed by a company that understands the needs of an urban school district. TLC has the staff and resources to manage our implementation and training needs. One of the strongest features of the system is its design focus on school libraries; it does not appear as a revised system for public or academic libraries,” she said.
School districts have unique financial needs, which TLC understands, Ms. Garrett noted:
“TLC is very professional in presenting their product to a school district and understands the marketing and financial aspects of dealing with a large urban district.”
Dallas ISD joins the growing list of districts that have chosen TLC's SchoolLibrary.Solution for centralized automation, which includes Irving Independent School District, TX (37 schools); Denton Independent School District, TX (30 schools); School Board of Broward County, FL (239 schools); Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD (120 schools); Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (58 schools); Academy School District 20, CO (24 schools); Terrebonne Parish School Board, LA (38 schools); Waterloo Catholic School Board, ON (55 schools); Cambridge Public Schools, MA (15 schools); Howard County Public Schools, MD (70 schools); and Phoenix Union High School District, AZ (11 schools).
SchoolLibrary.Solution is a district-wide, Oracle-based, centralized automation solution that frees school media specialists from maintenance responsibilities. The system provides school districts with a central database accessible via a multitude of interfaces, including KCweb™ children's interface, Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions, Bookings, Serials and a Web-based Public Access Catalog. SchoolLibrary.Solution is available on Windows® NT/2000 or UNIX® servers, and is accessible from both Windows and Macintosh computers. In addition to SchoolLibrary.Solution, TLC's School Products Division also provides school districts with solutions for union catalogs, cataloging, and collection development.