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Press Release: The Library Corporation [September 3, 2004]

TLC Implements the Online Selection Assistant at LAPL

INWOOD, WV- September 3, 2004 - The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has streamlined its acquisitions management process by purchasing the Online Selection Assistant.

Working together, TLC and LAPL were able to develop modifications to meet the needs of LAPL's collection development process.

With over 70 branches, LAPL's collection enhancement efforts must be collaborative. The Online Selection Assistant eliminates the manual task of creating and merging LAPL's 70-plus branch selection lists. The new program enables LAPL to implement a “paperless” selection and acquisitions process – saving time and resources, and ultimately increasing staff productivity. In addition to managing the entire acquisitions process, the Online Selection Assistant will enable LAPL staff to view rich content like book jacket covers and tables of contents to increase selection process speed.

The Online Selection Assistant manages selection, purchasing, receiving, invoice management, and fund accounting, while serving varied collection needs. It provides a central place for librarians to search for books, music, videos, and other library materials, create selection lists, place orders, and place bibliographic records into their automation system. Over 60 library systems have chosen the Online Selection Assistant since TLC first offered it to libraries little over a year ago.

“The Los Angeles Public Library is thrilled to have partnered with TLC in developing enhanced functionality in the Online Selection Assistant,” commented LAPL Information Technology Director Steve Newcomer. “LAPL's materials selection process has always been a highly collaborative endeavor in which Central Library subject specialists and branch librarians select the materials appropriate for their respective communities. The Online Selection Assistant has enabled LAPL agencies to retain local control over collection development while significantly streamlining the acquisitions process and eliminating the costs associated with printed selection lists.”

Mr. Newcomer continued, “Librarians now have important online reviews, title information, and even the number of patron requests right at their fingertips and can make informed decisions about what to buy to best meet their public's needs. With the Online Selection Assistant's features, libraries of any size and type will find a product with the flexibility to meet the needs of their selection processes.”

The Online Selection Assistant is a Web-based service that works with all TLC automation systems. Libraries can license it as a standalone service that integrates with any ILS to manage their acquisitions and collection development processes.

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

Summary: The Los Angeles Public Library has streamlined its acquisitions management process by purchasing the Online Selection Assistant.
Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Date Issued:September 3, 2004
Publisher:The Library Corporation
Place of Publication:Inwood, WV
Company: The Library Corporation
Products: Online Selection Assistant
Libraries: Los Angeles Public Library
Subject: System announcements -- installations

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