INWOOD, WV, April 19, 2005 - The Library Corporation (TLC) has created a new MARC database for schools called School.MARC Sears.
School.MARC Sears contains over 500,000 content-rich MARC records. School.MARC Sears records contain about 75 percent more content than the average MARC record, enabling catalogers to gain more information about an item.
The majority of School.MARC Sears records include age and grade level data from Accelerated Reader (Renaissance Learning) and Lexile data (MetaMetrics).
Accelerated Reader (AR) assigns a point value to books based on word count and reading difficulty. AR is a curriculum-based assessment tool that provides a summary and analysis of results so teachers can monitor the quantity and quality of reading practice by students.
The Lexile Framework for Reading is a widely adopted method to measure reader ability and text difficulty. Lexile measures are based on word frequency and sentence length. A Lexile score is a measure of the challenge a work offers to the reader of a certain reading ability (expressed as an age or grade). For a fee, TLC will merge Lexile information into a library's existing MARC records.
The addition of AR and Lexile data ensures that media specialists can determine the reading level of each title. TLC's OPAC includes a reading program interface that enables the user to limit searches to a particular reading program, age, or reading level.
School.MARC Sears will be updated weekly as an add-on, premium database on TLC's online cataloging service, ITS.MARC. TLC will also offer it quarterly in CD format for TLC's ITS.forWindows and Library.Solution users.
About The Library Corporation
TLC is owned and operated by the family that founded the company over 30 years ago. The company's automation solutions include library automation, cataloging and authority control solutions, RFID, and AquaBrowser Library. A number of TLC products, including AuthorityWorks, AquaBrowser Library, the Web-based Online Selection and Acquisitions, and RFID, are designed to work with any ILS.