INWOOD, WV, January 12, 2006 – King County Library System (KCLS) in Seattle will use AquaBrowser Library with an Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Millennium system.
"KCLS is always looking for new ways to make it easier for our patrons to find and check out materials from our collection," commented KCLS Associate Director Jed Moffit. "KCLS understands its public library role as a collection of a variety of services, materials, people, and systems. Just because we have one good catalog doesn't mean that we shouldn't have two."
"Aquabrowser Library was kind of a no-brainer," Mr. Moffit said. "It gives you a good first impression. It looks simple. It acts simple. It is probably not simple, but it presents itself as so. Simplicity is no small virtue in our world, and a lot of people appreciate it when they see one easy-to-find place to enter a search term, along with an intuitive structure below it that lets them sift and sort their results. There are different types of searchers out there and we're providing multiple tools so they can choose which one they like."
AquaBrowser Library integrates with any library vendor's catalog to offer the first progressive interactive searching experience patrons and students have ever encountered. AquaBrowser Library compares a user's search terms to the metadata in a library's catalog to create a visual map, a "word cloud" of associations or overviews of areas of interest. A user can discover the sources behind these associations and broaden the scope of a search, or choose to refine a search.
KCLS is one of the largest circulating libraries in the United States, with more than 17 million items circulated in 2004.
KCLS joins a growing number of libraries that offer AquaBrowser Library with their III, Sirsi, Dynix, DRA, TLC or other integrated library systems, including:
- Lexington Public Library, KY
- Carroll County Public Library, MD
- Howard County Library, MD
- Middletown Township, NJ
- Queens Borough Public Library, NY
- Dallas Independent School District, TX
- Arlington Public Library, VA
- Amsterdam Public Library, the Netherlands
- Chicago Public Library, IL
- Tubingen University Library, Germany
TLC signed an exclusive agreement with MediaLab Solutions BV (the Netherlands) to sell AquaBrowser Library last year. Visit www.TLCdelivers.com/aquabrowser.
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, and RFID. A number of TLC offerings, including AuthorityWorks, AquaBrowser Library, the Web-based Online Selection & Acquisitions, and RFID are designed to work with any ILS.