INWOOD, WV— August 11, 2003 – Two libraries will upgrade from DRA systems to The Library Corporation's (TLC's) integrated system, Library.Solution.
Charlotte-Glades Library System (CGLS) in Port Charlotte, FL, will upgrade from DRA Classic. The library will implement Library.Solution on 80 computers at its five branches, including implementation of TLC's ILL, acquisitions, and serials modules, in addition to Kid's Catalog Web. Kid's Catalog Web is an online interface that will give young patrons access to Charlotte-Glade's collection (162,000 titles) as well as 20,000 Web links pre-selected for appropriate content for children.
Bob Hammond, Library Information Systems Technician, commented on one of the reasons why CGLS chose TLC: “Two sites that we visited actually had more to say about TLC than they did about the software vendor we were evaluating at that site. Those librarians had used TLC software at previous libraries and wished they had it at their present library.”
CGLS has adopted a library master building plan with a regional library (42,000 square feet of space) to be completed by Fall 2004. The new Mid-County Regional Library will feature three meeting rooms, an instructional computer lab, a local history and genealogy room, and a quiet study area. Plans also include a used bookstore and a coffee shop to be operated by the Friends of the Library. The new library will have 69 public computer stations and shelf space for 176,000 volumes.
Jackson-George Regional Library System (JGRLS) in Pascagoula, MS, will upgrade from DRA Inlex. The library's eight branches will use Library.Solution on 283 computers that will access its 240,000 items.
Robert Willits, JGRLS Director, said his library sought a new system because: “Our library system has very old hardware which was in use since 1986. Support services for the hardware and software led to the decision to purchase new automation. As a result, JGRLS must migrate to a new, state-of-the-art automated library system by the end of 2003.”
Mr. Willits noted that choosing Library.Solution was easy because of its superior acquisitions module, ease of use, great flexibility of policy and custom features, and system administration capabilities. The system's superior management reports module was also a key benefit: "If the report isn't there, they create it for free,” Mr. Willits said, adding that "the TLC strengths over others had to be support and maintenance, as reflected in the time we've spent reviewing information and comments from other library professionals. TLC is more flexible than other vendors we've talked with as far as giving us what we need."
JGRLS serves a population of 150,000 at eight branch libraries, with 70,000 patrons and an annual circulation of 900,000 transactions.
Other DRA Libraries That Have Upgraded to Library.Solution:
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis, OR; Hillside Public Library, Hillside, NJ; Oconee County Library, Dublin, GA; Park City Library, Park City, UT; Stevens County Rural Library District, Loon Lake, WA; Trenton Public Library, Trenton, NJ; and Waynesboro Public Library, Waynesboro, VA.