INWOOD, W.Va. (June 9, 2009) – When administrators at the Warsaw Community Public Library realized the time had come to upgrade their integrated library system (ILS), they wanted a customized system that would allow them to offer more to their community. So they decided to step up to The Library Corporation’s Library.Solution.
"Of the systems that we looked at, it offered the most of what we looked for, especially in the acquisitions area," Joni L. Brookins, the Indiana library’s assistant director responsible for technical services at the facility, said of the Library•Solution ILS and its add-on products. Brookins praised TLC’s Online Selection and Acquisitions program, which will help her library manage the entire acquisitions process – selection, purchasing, receiving, invoice management, fund accounting – while serving various collection needs, creating wish lists of books to be ordered, and providing complete ordering, invoicing, and fund-management functions.
Brookins said she was also "very impressed" with LS2 PAC, and she believes the Warsaw-area residents who visited her library about 264,000 times last year will be, too. LS2 PAC boasts the Book River, an eye-catching representation of titles available in the Warsaw Community Public Library, as well as RSS news feeds that highlight topical events and related library books, maps that show where items are located within the library, list-creation capabilities for book clubs and other community groups, and more. "I think they’ll really like the functions that are now going to be included – tagging, the faceted search capability, (and the ability to) do reviews of materials they've used," Brookins said. "Those are things we haven’t had that are going to be very nice."
The amenities won’t be confined within the library’s walls. Thanks to TLC’s automation solutions, Brookins said, "We’re going to be able to more closely mesh our online presence with our catalog, offering our library users Web 2.0 applications."
"At a time when library automation is increasingly seen as a generic utility or commodity, we are happy that Warsaw Community Public Library recognizes and shares TLC’s commitment to using the latest technology to improve the library experience in its community, allowing staff to focus more time on customer service," said Gar Sydnor, senior vice president of The Library Corporation.
The Warsaw Community Public Library opened in 1917 in downtown Warsaw, a northern Indiana township. The library, which serves a population of over 25,000, implemented its first automation system in 1995. Its holdings include about 167,600 titles and approximately 206,603 items, which account for an estimated total of 549,000 checkouts per year.
About The Library Corporation
TLC was founded in 1974 to create support technology for libraries and school districts of all sizes, including some of the busiest libraries in the world. The company has 200 staff members worldwide serving over 5,000 libraries. TLC’s library automation, authority control, cataloging, and online selection and acquisition products include LS2, Library.Solution, Library.Solution for Schools, CARL.X, BiblioFile, and ITS.MARC – all backed by an unparalleled level of customer support and assistance. For more information, contact Lisa Prodywus at lprodywus@TLCdelivers.com, call 1.800.325.7759, or visit www.TLCdelivers.com or www.LS2delivers.com.