INWOOD, WV— January 20, 2003 – TLC's Oracle-based centralized automation system for school districts, SchoolLibrary.Solution, continues to be deemed the system of choice through comparative analysis. Recently announced contracts include Irving Independent School District and Denton Independent School District.
Irving ISD will migrate to SchoolLibrary.Solution from epixtech Dynix. The district's library/media program was nationally recognized in 1991 and 2000 as Best in the Nation by the American Library Association and Encyclopaedia Britannica Corporation. Irving ISD, with a collection of over 500,000 items, will have SchoolLibrary.Solution access at 37 schools. Students and staff will be able to access the library catalog from any of 9,900 computers on the district network.
According to ISD System Administrator Lea Bailey, the district sought a new automation system because its Dynix system wasn't Windows-based. “The technology/networking department in our district was not pleased that we were still operating a system based on ‘old' technology. Our present system will also not be supported in a few more years by the parent company. It was time for a change to something more up-to-date,” she explained.
SchoolLibrary.Solution's customizable PAC was of particular interest, Ms. Bailey said, as was TLC's reputation for outstanding service. “Two features were especially attractive. The user interface for the public access catalog was so much more friendly than our present one and has the flexibility to be customized to make it ‘ours.' Also important is the working partnership that TLC wants to establish in customer support. Service as you make a change to a new system and as you continue with a system is very important, “ she commented.
The fact that TLC is a privately owned business that focuses solely on libraries was also attractive. “(TLC is) a strong library-based company familiar with MARC records from the start,” Ms. Bailey said, citing the company's creation of the pioneering BiblioFile® Cataloging and its ITS.MARC online cataloging product. “We feel confident that TLC knows what library records are and how important good records are to our daily business,” she said.
Denton Independent School District will also migrate to SchoolLibrary.Solution from epixtech Dynix. Denton, with a collection of over 300,000 items, will have SchoolLibrary.Solution access at 30 schools. Students and staff will be able to access the library catalog from any of 4,700 computers on the district network.
Denton's Dynix system, “was not expected to meet our needs within the next three to five years,” commented Library Media Coordinator Sandy Sharps.
“Library Services had been asked to locate an automation system that will allow the district to issue one barcode to a student—non-system dependent,” Ms. Sharps said. “SchoolLibrary.Solution will allow us to issue a patron barcode that is compatible with other automated functions (i.e., cafeteria) without having to using use the same barcode symbology for our library materials. TLC offers this, as well as an interface to our student management system for automation patron database population,” she said.
Also appealing to Denton was TLC's KCweb, the PAC interface designed to help younger students learn, and the flexibility of the SchoolLibrary.Solution training program (Solutions Through Learning), Ms. Sharps stated. Solution Through Learning's CD-based training and the program's ability to accommodate many attendees simultaneously were “critical” to the choice of SchoolLibrary.Solution, she said.
Customer service rounded out the many SchoolLibrary.Solution and TLC strengths for Denton ISD: “We were pleased with the customer service aspect: no long waits or voice mail prompts for service and available 24/7; the willingness of TLC to investigate our use of existing equipment; and the availability of enhanced content for our MARC records. We appreciate the level of customer service. The philosophy of TLC appears to be: “How can we make it easier for you?'”
These school districts join the growing list of districts that have chosen TLC's SchoolLibrary.Solution for centralized automation, which includes School Board of Broward County, FL (239 schools); Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD (120 schools); Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (58 schools); Academy School District 20, CO (24 schools); Terrebonne Parish School Board, LA (38 schools); Waterloo Catholic School Board, ON (55 schools); Cambridge Public Schools, MA (15 schools); Howard County Public Schools, MD (70 schools); and Phoenix Union High School District, AZ (11 schools).
SchoolLibrary.Solution is a district-wide, Oracle-based, centralized automation solution that frees school media specialists from maintenance responsibilities. The system provides school districts with a central database accessible via a multitude of interfaces, including KC Web children's interface, Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions, Bookings, Serials and a Web-based Public Access Catalog. SchoolLibrary.Solution is available on Windows NT/2000 or UNIX servers, and is accessible from both Windows and Macintosh computers. In addition to SchoolLibrary.Solution, TLC's School Division also provides school districts with solutions for union catalogs, cataloging, and collection development.