INWOOD, WV, January 18, 2006 – Howard County Library in Maryland has chosen a powerful new method of authority control processing as an add-on to its Sirsi/Horizon system.
TLC's AuthorityWorks enables Howard County Library to perform dynamic, continuous authority control and update processing. AuthorityWorks is designed to work with any library automation system, and includes cataloging and automatic authority control capabilities with integrated access to national authority files. In addition to realizing cataloging efficiencies and accuracy, AuthorityWorks will make searching easier and more successful for Howard County Library patrons.
Brian Auger, Howard County Library Associate Director, noted that AuthorityWorks is a cost-effective way to update authority headings. Also, "It's all about our customers finding what they want in the OPAC. With updated authority headings, our OPAC changes from a maze to pure hopscotch!"
Howard County Library also uses AquaBrowser Library, another of TLC's best of breed, standalone solutions that can be used with any integrated library automation system.
"AquaBrowser Library ‘exploits' the MARC record, and because of this capability, we were finding records we wanted to clean up," commented Amy Begg De Groff, Head of Information Technology at Howard County Library. "AuthorityWorks is a very ‘imaginative' product. It takes the strength of the MARC record, then uses MARC technology to do what it does best – create a dynamic patron catalog. AuthorityWorks allows our catalogers to catalog. Without it, we would have to pull those people to do authority work."
Howard County will also integrate AquaBrowser Library with WebFeat's federated searching, which allows one interface to search different database types including bibliographic, OPAC-based, proprietary, government sources, and others.
About Howard County Library
Howard County Library serves a metropolitan population from six branches, and circulated over five million items last year. Howard County Library ranks first in the nation among great public libraries according to Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) 2005. In addition, Howard County Library was the first public library system in Maryland to offer free wireless access at every location.
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 & Acquisitions, and RFID, are designed to work with any ILS.