INWOOD, WV- October 2, 2003 - When visitors to the National First Ladies Library in Canton, OH want to learn about the nation's First Ladies, they can use TLC's automation system, Library.Solution.
Library.Solution is an integrated, Oracle-based system that is helping staff manage the library's comprehensive, annotated bibliography of books, manuscripts, journals, diaries and other materials about and by America's First Ladies. This is the library's first automated system; it will enable library patrons to quickly access bibliographic information either from within the library or from anywhere they have an Internet connection.
National First Ladies Libraries chose Library.Solution in August. TLC's Data Implementation Team members worked around the clock to implement the system for the library within a month. The implementation was on time for a special visitor to the library -- First Lady Laura Bush. The First Lady visited the library to help celebrate its dedication of the new Education Center, located at the former City National Banking building in Canton. While at the Center, the First Lady was able to view the features of Library.Solution by using its OPAC.
"We have been using TLC's ITS.forWindows to catalog our books for several years now, " said Pat Krider, Library Director. "Our staff found the TLC technical support team to be very helpful and quickly responsive." The National First Ladies Library houses not only monographic materials, but a wide range of materials from unique letters and memorabilia to historic ball gowns. "We needed our automation software to have the capability of cataloging both traditional and non-traditional materials, such as our rich collection of photographs and archival materials," said Ms. Krider. "The TLC software gives us the capability to extend access to the entire collection of materials. In a nutshell, we chose TLC based on our experience with their customer support and also because of the software's ability to fit our unique needs."
"We were, of course, thrilled to have Mrs. Bush dedicate our Education and Research Center," Ms. Krider added. "Since she is only the second librarian to serve as First Lady (Abigail Fillmore was the first), we felt that it was particularly appropriate that she attend the dedication of the National First Ladies' Library Education and Research Center. Everyone found her to be gracious and very interested in our library and in the people who attended the dedication. We have since heard that Mrs. Bush very much enjoyed her visit and wants to come back again. She would like to tour our museum location -- one block away from our research center -- and also spend more time in the library. It was a day we had worked toward for numerous years, and it was thrilling to see the building finally dedicated - especially by our sitting First Lady."
The new Education Center - which is in an historic building with six floors, a large skylight, marble floors, and transom windows - met the library's need for more space to showcase its collections. It will soon include a Victorian theater for films and presentations about the nation's First Ladies. The library also houses collections at the nearby Saxton McKinley House.
TLC is the library industry leader in Oracle installations--with over 550 separate Oracle systems. 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.
Library.Solution provides a central Oracle-based database accessible via a multitude of interfaces, including Kid's Catalog Web children's interface, Circulation, Cataloging, Acquisitions, Bookings, Serials and a Web-based Public Access Catalog.