INWOOD, WV, May 26, 2004–Livia R. Bitner has joined The Library Corporation (TLC) as Vice President of Technical Services Systems, a new division designed to help libraries streamline Technical Services operations and bridge the interoperability gap between libraries and vendors.
Ms. Bitner has worked in the book supplier/outsourced library services industry for over 24 years. She managed mainframe systems and built library market applications for Brodart from 1988 to 2000 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Baker & Taylor's Customized Library Services. In each position, Ms. Bitner worked closely with libraries and ILS vendors to improve workflows in the areas of Collection Development, Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Authority Control.
Under Ms. Bitner's direction, Technical Services Systems will concentrate on TLC's Online Selection Assistant, a vendor-neutral, Web based Collection Development Service. The Online Selection Assistant is designed to simplify and enhance the collection development process for all types of libraries. It has several modes: it links to TLC's ILS solutions, it can be used as a standalone subscription service, and it can act as a conduit of order and processing information to other ILS systems.
The new division will also concentrate on TLC's classic Data and Authority Control Services, ITS.MARC online cataloging, and ITS.forWindows cataloging, as well as consulting and custom software development services.
Ms. Bitner remarks: “Libraries of all sizes need solutions to simplify their workflows to select, acquire, and catalog material. Tight integration between the library's material vendor and ILS vendor is the key component to that success. I believe that TLC's strong technical services products developed under open software development principles can be leveraged to streamline vendor-to-library processing and improve library's workflow in enduring ways.”
"We're very pleased to have Liv join the TLC team," commented TLC CEO Annette Harwood Murphy. "Her 24 years of experience in the library information field, her grounding in the materials vendor and outsourced services industries, and her interactions with libraries of all types make her uniquely qualified for this new provisioning service.”
About The Library Corporation
TLC is owned and operated by the same family that founded the company 30 years ago. The company's automation solutions include integrated automation systems built using the world's most advanced technologies, cataloging with access to millions of MARC records, acquisitions that incorporate all the necessary resources into one place, and a premier service and support team that sets the standard in the library profession.