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Chicago Public Library Awards next-generation ILS contract to The Library Corporation

Press Release: The Library Corporation [June 24, 2005]

INWOOD, WV, June 24, 2005 – Chicago Public Library (CPL) has selected The Library Corporation (TLC) to integrate and install its Next Generation Library System, a project valued at over $13.8 million.

The Next Generation Library System will be built on the CARL.X open technology foundation. CARL.X is the result of a multi-year re-engineering project based on TLC's CARL.Solution, an ILS used by the busiest libraries in the world.

CARL.X offers rich functionality that streamlines staff workflows and opens new dimensions for Search, Discover, Patron Self Service, and Data Mining. It includes a unified Windows Staff Client that manages access to all staff functions and a new Windows Administration Client to manage Dynamic Parameter Maintenance, Operations, Scheduling, and Reports.

The system includes all classic ILS functions (Online Public Access Catalog, Cataloging and Authority Control, Serials Control, Circulation, and Holds), and also includes state-of-the-art search engine technologies from AquaBrowser Library and Endeca Guided Navigation, along with Web-based Collection Development using TLC's unique Online Selection and Acquisitions service. Also included are sophisticated self-service and e-commerce modules.

The system will be deployed on a fully redundant, 99.999% uptime, multi-tiered hardware and software architecture using a combination of UNIX®/Linux technologies and the Oracle Enterprise DBM. The Oracle Enterprise DBM also features sophisticated OLAP data mining and analysis for prediction, forecasting and financial modeling, and provides the underpinning for data sharing applications with other city agencies. The solution also includes a 21 TB Storage Area Network (SAN) to house production, test, training, and warehouse databases, with redundant connections to the City of Chicago's SAN for real-time disaster recovery.

The CPL Next Generation ILS Project also calls for full integration of the ILS business functions (Collection Development, Acquisitions, and Fund Management) with CPL's Shelf.Life, its in-house Intranet product built to manage all staff desktop applications, including Calendar, E-mail, HR, Finance, Web content creation, event management, and other functions. Linking CARL.X and Shelf.Life will provide CPL staff with a common User Interface (UI) for ILS business functions and for all other desktop activities.

The linked products feature a sophisticated permissions hierarchy and will maintain real time reconciliation between internal library business systems and the City of Chicago's Financial Management and Purchasing System. In addition, the system will provide direct data exchange to materials vendors for business-to-business (B2B) applications.

“CPL asked for systems that ‘facilitate, rather than frustrate, innovation',” said Patricia Culkin, VP and Managing Director of TLC Denver. “CPL's functional ambitions are a good fit for the open, flexible design of CARL.X and we are thrilled to have CPL as our first enterprise partner for this system. Features developed for CPL will become optional modules in the CARL.X product suite once development is complete.”

Karen Danczak Lyons, Chicago Public Library Acting Commissioner, said, “The Chicago Public Library has made a significant investment over the last three years in creating a state-of-the-art network, deploying advanced self-healing technologies, and creating award-winning software. Shelf.Life was created by CPL to streamline the business processes that support public service. The goal of the Next Generation Library System is to continue to maximize the opportunity for improved patron services by leveraging those technologies that better support the business processes of the library.”

About Chicago Public Library

The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries, and 76 neighborhood branches. The Library provides free access to 1,800 Internet PCs and WiFi in all of its locations and offers a rich resource of books, DVDs, videos and more, as well as free public programs for children, teens and adults. Patrons can access the Library's computerized catalog, digital collections, and most of the Library's databases online 24 hours a day. For more information, visit the Library's Web site at

For more information, please call the Chicago Public Library Marketing Department and Press Office at 312.747.4050.

About The Library Corporation

TLC is owned and operated by the family that founded the company over 30 years ago. The company's automation solutions include library automation, cataloging and authority control solutions, RFID, and AquaBrowser Library. A number of TLC offerings, including AuthorityWorks™, AquaBrowser Library, the Web-based Online Selection & Acquisitions, RFID, and Gold Rush are designed to work with any ILS.

For more information, contact Gary W. Kirk at, or call 1.800.325.7759. For information about TLC, visit

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Publication Year:2005
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 24, 2005
Publisher:The Library Corporation
Place of Publication:Inwood, WV
Company: The Library Corporation
Products: CARL.X
Libraries: Chicago Public Library
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:11495
Last Update:2024-05-25 10:49:38
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00