INWOOD, WV, March 7, 2001, The Library Corporation (TLC) -- a recognized innovator in library automation technology and its recently acquired partner company, CARL Corporation, today jointly announced that CARL has been selected as the preferred vendor and will enter into contract negotiation with Wellington City Libraries in New Zealand. The Wellington RFP was awarded following a year-long process in which CARL competed against four other well-known library automation companies.
This selection presents TLC and CARL with an opportunity to enter the New Zealand/Australia region. It follows a period of time in which TLC and CARL have been establishing a solid presence in Asia. TLC/CARL's Singapore office and team currently support automation solutions for the National Library Board of Singapore and the National Library of the Philippines, among others.
This project requires the installation of a completely integrated system including hardware, software, data migration services, custom reporting and software solutions, on-site training, and full customer support. The initial installation will support 200 terminals for staff and the public in the Central Library and 11 branches. In FY99-00, the Wellington City Libraries circulated 3 million items and had 2.5 million visitors.
Increasingly, TLC/CARL is particularly well positioned to expand into global markets based on its considerable competitive advantages. As June Garcia, Vice President and Chief Ambassador for TLC/CARL, commented, “Our combined company truly delivers a unique combination of functionality, flexibility and responsiveness to libraries worldwide. As a result, our customers view us as their ‘technology partner.' We are delighted to have been selected for this project and look forward to working with Wellington's library staff to enrich and enhance services that are delivered to community residents.”
Also commenting today was Jane Hill, award-winning Library Director for Wellington City Libraries, who noted, “Wellington is a high-volume, high-circulation urban library system that has very specific requirements which we believe TLC/CARL is well-suited to address. The CARL automation system selected offers high quality public access catalogs and outstanding multi-lingual capabilities. We look forward to working with our CARL partners to implement a Maori interface to ensure that all members of our community have access to library resources.”
Both parties anticipate finalizing the contract within the next month, and implementing the conversion over the next six months.