INWOOD, WV, June 22, 2005 – In a very short time, AquaBrowser Library has intrigued libraries and schools throughout the country.
Sixteen libraries and schools have purchased AquaBrowser Library in the past six months, including the recent purchase by Queens Borough Public Library (NY).
AquaBrowser Library is an innovative search interface that operates with any integrated library system. Librarians began recognizing AquaBrowser Library's unique capabilities very quickly, which lead to its first sale to an American library: Lexington Public Library (LPL) in Kentucky earlier this year.
Libraries that have chosen AquaBrowser Library are talking about its:
- Intuitive searching: “When I first saw AquaBrowser Library, I immediately saw the implications for improving public catalogs through its use,” Lexington Public Library Executive Director Kathleen Imhoff said. ”It is an intuitive method of searching that is easy for patrons of all ages. The star-like search result presentation is visually captivating and is particularly attractive to teens and younger users.”
- Ability to retrieve information: "Queens Library is launching a world-class information portal that allows our customers to use information, not just retrieve it. AquaBrowser Library is one of the tools that will get us there," said Fred Fishel, Queens Borough Public Library's Applications Development Manager.
- Integration with other systems: “We got our first glimpse of AquaBrowser Library at the Maryland Library Association Conference,” said Scott Reinhart, Assistant Director for Operations at Carroll County Public Library (MD), which recently purchased AquaBrowser Library. “I knew then it was what we were looking for for years. It's the holy grail of library catalogs. It's the first user interface to a library's collection that's intuitive. As soon as we saw it I knew we had to have it. It's exciting to see a product that will integrate with any integrated library system. We're not just locked into just buying a Dynix product. TLC is giving librarians more options.”
- Focus on the patrons: “AquaBrowser Library truly focuses on the customer experience; it's part of our overall customer service concept,” Brian Auger, Associate Director of Howard County Library (MD), said. “The typical catalog yields one-dimensional results and you have to think like a librarian to find what you want. AquaBrowser Library is customer-centric, so you don't have to think like a librarian to find what's of value to you.” Commented Amy De Groff, Head of Information Technology at Howard County: “AquaBrowser Library reaches out to our customers and pulls them into the catalog. “
- Search options: Sondra Plymire, Director of Libraries of Muskingum County Library System (OH), said, “We chose AquaBrowser Library because we think it is a good fit for our community. It gives every customer search options that will give them expert results, even if they are a novice at searching. I think they will leave the library with what they came for more often with AquaBrowser Library.”
Compatible with Different Integrated Systems
These new customers include a cross section of different integrated library systems compatible with AquaBrowser Library. For example, Queens Borough Public Library will implement AquaBrowser Library to supplement an existing DRA Classic system; Carroll County Library purchased AquaBrowser to supplement a Dynix Horizon system; Lexington Public Library installed AquaBrowser Library with TLC's Library.Solution, Howard County Library will use AquaBrowser Library with a Dynix Horizon system; and Arlington Public Library launched AquaBrowser Library with their new TLC CARL.X system. Libraries that have purchased AquaBrowser Library since TLC began offering it are:
- Arlington Public Library (VA)
- Carroll County Public Library (MD)
- Gloucester County Library (VA)
- Grayslake Area Public Library (IL)
- Howard County Library (MD)
- International College (FL)
- Lehi City Library (UT)
- Lexington Public Library (KY)
- Loudoun Country Day School (VA)
- Muskingum County Library System (OH)
- Normal Public Library (IL)
- Pend Oreille County Library (WA)
- Queens Borough Public Library (NY)
- Southfield Public Schools (MI)
- Springville Public Library (UT)
- Walters State Community College (TN)
How It Works
AquaBrowser Library finds items using associations, context, and spelling alternatives. AquaBrowser Library compares a user's search terms to the metadata in a library's catalog to create a “word cloud” that includes the most relevant associations, translations, spelling variations, and synonyms. For more information, visit www.TLCdelivers.com/aquabrowser.
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 offerings, including AuthorityWorks, AquaBrowser Library, the Web-based Online Selection & Acquisitions, and RFID are designed to work with any ILS.