INWOOD, WV- June 27, 2003 - Five more school districts have chosen SchoolLibrary.Solution, TLC's district-wide, centralized automation system.
Brazosport ISD in Texas will upgrade its 21 schools from Dynix Scholar. Brazosport sought a new system because "Our old system was DOS-based, outdated, and required a lot of administrative and support intervention," said Library Systems Analyst Alice Royalty.
"We were searching for a system that would require very little system administration; a system that had a user interface for small children, a Spanish interface, a media-booking feature, and powerful searching abilities," Ms. Royalty explained.
Brazosport also chose TLC, Ms. Royalty said, because: "Our discussions with libraries using TLC revealed TLC's commitment to serving its customers and its willingness to customize its product without additional charges."
Richardson ISD in Texas will upgrade 59 schools from Dynix Scholar. The district has a collection of 353,000 items, which its 190,000 students, staff, and other patrons will access via the SchoolLibrary.Solution catalog from any of the 18,000 computers on the district's network.
Sullivan County BOCES in New York will upgrade 21 schools from SIRS Mandarin to SchoolLibrary.Solution. "We needed to move to a central server for our county," commented Director Lynn Denman.
"The fact that all the customers that were contacted were pleased with the product, training, customer service, etc. spoke volumes for what TLC provides. The system is priced to fit within a budget we can work with to meet our immediate needs," Ms. Denman said.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD in Texas will upgrade 28 schools from Follett. Lorie Bruns, Coordinator of Instructional Media/Technology, said that HEB sought a new system because, "We wanted to move to a centralized library system that would promote resource sharing, provide a more accurate research tool for our teachers and students, streamline tech support, and provide more time for librarians to collaborate with teachers and assist students."
Ms. Bruns described a number of SchoolLibrary.Solution features that appealed to HEB: "The visually appealing OPAC, the Oracle® database, the Multi-language PAC, and the local user group support were attractive and useful features." Ms. Bruns emphasized that SchoolLibrary.Solution is a fully developed, centralized system.
In addition, "TLC was willing to meet our expectations for product performance. The company provided a very comprehensive response to our request for quotation. The quality of the product speaks for itself," Ms. Bruns concluded.
Widefield School District in Colorado will upgrade from Winnebago. Director of Technology Richard Van Sickle explained that his district chose SchoolLibrary.Solution to enable district-wide access to a union catalog. "SchoolLibrary.Solution's Web interface will allow any networked user, regardless of platform, to access the catalog information."
"In addition, the base cost of SchoolLibrary.Solution includes more functionality than other vendors' products," Mr. Van Sickle noted.
Some of the other school districts that have chosen SchoolLibrary.Solution include: School Board of Broward County, FL (239 schools); Dallas Independent School District, TX (220 schools); Anne Arundel County Public Schools, MD (120 schools); Omaha Public Schools (85 schools); Howard County Public Schools, MD (72 schools); Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (58 schools); Waterloo Catholic District School Board, ON (55 schools); Irving Independent School District, TX (37 schools); Terrebonne Parish School Board, LA (38 schools); Denton Independent School District, TX (30 schools); Academy School District 20, CO (24 schools); Cambridge Public Schools, MA (15 schools); Phoenix Union High School District, AZ (11 schools); Silver Consolidated Schools, NM (8 schools); and Groton-Dunstable School District, MA (6 schools).
SchoolLibrary.Solution provides school districts with a central Oracle-based database accessible via a multitude of interfaces, including KCweb 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 Products Division also provides school districts with solutions for union catalogs, cataloging, and collection development.