INWOOD, WV— September 29, 2003 – The Library Corporation (TLC), a leading library automation and services provider, held its fifteenth annual CARL Users' Group Meeting in Denver, CO this month.
Users of CARL.Solution, TLC's integrated automation system for enterprise libraries, attended the meeting from throughout the U.S., Singapore and New Zealand. The attendees agreed that the week long conference is one of their most important venues for sharing experiences, discussing issues affecting large public libraies and consortia, and planning for the future.
The CARL Users' Group, an independent organization that is advisory to TLC on matters of product direction and support, sponsors the annual conference. Conference presentations are given by CARL.Solution users, TLC librarians, and strategic vendor partners. Reggie Rivers, former Denver Bronco running back, and current Denver Post columnist and PBS commentator was the conference keynote speaker. Mr. Rivers' opening speech on Defending Liberty During the War on Terrorism discussed the Patriot Act and the importance of preserving the privacy of library users.
Lynne Williams of the Solano Napa Associated Partners (SNAP) Consortium and incoming chair of the CARL Users' Steering Committee, noted: "The CARL Users' Group Meeting is valuable to the SNAP consortia for two reasons. It's an opportunity to network with other CARL users and learn what they're doing at their libraries. And we hear first-hand about TLC's development plans.”
A number of TLC's strategic partners attended: TeleManagement Systems, Inc., EnvisionWare, Inc., Baker & Taylor, BWI, Checkpoint Systems, CompuType, Hewlett-Packard, Library Automation Technologies, Inc., Unlimited Software Associates, Inc., 3M, Unique Management, and WebFeat. Vendor attendance is always a popular part of the conference.
Meeting attendees also participated in a selection of post-conference workshops by TLC staff, including Patron Wireless Services and Firewall Options, Metasearching, and others.
TLC CEO and President Annette Harwood-Murphy commented: “We are delighted with the participation in this year's annual Users' Group Meeting. The event gave us an opportunity to learn about the wonderful innovative things TLC libraries are doing, to share our vision for the future of CARL.Solution and TLC, and to discuss ways to partner to empower libraries and their patrons.”