INWOOD, WV, April 22, 2003 - Libraries that use Library.Solution, TLC's integrated automation system, have joined MORE, Ohio's statewide resource-sharing initiative.
Library.Solution was approved for use in MORE after a series of interoperability tests conducted last year.
MORE (Moving Ohio Resources Everywhere) is the creation of the Ohio State Library, the Ohio Public Library Information Network, and INFOhio. MORE uses VDX (Virtual Document Exchange) for a Web-based connection between libraries that enables patrons to borrow items from participating libraries throughout the state. (Also used in the process are the Z39.50 and SIP2 standards, both supported by Library.Solution.)
Patrons of participating libraries search the libraries' catalogs via the Web connection. By clicking the "MORE" button on the local catalog, a patron can send a search statewide to find and request an item. The library that receives the request ships the item to the patron's library for checkout.
MORE is a statewide circulation system rather than an interlibrary loan system, in that it uses patron, rather than library staff, initiation and participation.
Over 13,400 patrons have logged into the MORE system during its first 15 months of operation. MORE has processed 36,800 requests and fulfilled over 73 percent of requests submitted. (The request fulfillment rate has increased as more libraries have joined MORE.)
"Cooperation, partnerships and consortia are vital to libraries, particularly in tough economic times. This project enables independent libraries on standalone systems to participate in sharing without giving up their local control," Carol Lynn Roddy, Executive Director of The Ohio Public Library Information Network, said.
The Library.Solution libraries participating or in the process of participating in the project are Archbold Community Library, Carnegie Public Library, Columbiana Public Library, Garnett A. Wilson Public Library, Hubbard Public Library, Herrick Memorial Library, Kinsman Free Public Library, Morley Library, McKinley Memorial Library, and Muskingham County Library, and Portsmouth Public Library. These libraries are part of the over 100 libraries participating in MORE. Combined, these libraries have over 11.2 million volumes and represent over 2.3 million Ohio students and library patrons.
Library.Solution is used by some of the busiest libraries in the country, including Corvallis-Benton County Public Library in Oregon, which circulates 1.5 million items annually. It's a turnkey automation solution that utilizes an Oracle database.
TLC recently released version 3.0 of Library.Solution. Some of the Version 3.0 enhancements include: email notification of arrived holds and overdue notices; a collection agency module; multiple thesauri support for subject authority control; the ability to limit searches to recently arrived titles; remote patron authentication; search history; and collection masking.