INWOOD, WV, December 28, 2006 – Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH), ranked one of the most used libraries in the U.S., will implement the AquaBrowser Library search engine.
AquaBrowser Library is a visually engaging search engine that works with any integrated library system. "Search" features in AquaBrowser allow the user to enter one or two familiar words and successfully retrieve the best results simply by following interesting trails.
"As a profession leader, Columbus Metropolitan Library constantly looks to eliminate barriers between its customers and collections," library administrators commented. "AquaBrowser is the first tool we have examined in a very long time that challenges the assumptions of traditional library search strategies and pushes technology to work harder for our customers. Getting relevant information into the hands of our customers is our core business. AquaBrowser will greatly advance our ability to do just that."
Columbus Metropolitan Library will use WebFeat's federated searching with AquaBrowser Library. Younger users at the library will benefit from a children's AquaBrowser interface that includes a juvenile subset of the library's catalog.
In 2005, Columbus Metropolitan Library customers borrowed over 16 million items and visited the library 8.2 million times. Columbus Metropolitan Library has 21 locations, along with Outreach Services. The library also operates the Northwest Library in cooperation with Worthington Libraries, while sharing resources with Worthington and Southwest Public Libraries.
Columbus joins a growing number of libraries that offer AquaBrowser Library with their III, SirsiDynix, DRA, Geac, or other integrated library systems. Over 100 libraries have chosen AquaBrowser from TLC. In addition to Columbus Metropolitan Library, libraries that have recently chosen AquaBrowser include: Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD; Marshall Public Library, TX; Atlantic County Library System, NJ; and Episcopal Academy Learning Center, WI.
About The Library Corporation
TLC is owned and operated by the family that founded the company over 31 years ago. The company's automation solutions include library automation, cataloging and authority control solutions, and RFID. A number of TLC offerings, including AuthorityWorks, AquaBrowser Library, Online Selection & Acquisitions, Automated Material Handling Systems, and RFID are designed to work with any ILS.