CoBIT (the Council for Bibliographic and Information Technologies), a non-profit corporation, has been formed to market the TLM (The Library Machine) software previously supported by OHIONET, the OCLC-affiliated regional library network in the state of Ohio. The library members of CoBIT negotiated a separation of TLM from OHIONET, so that marketing efforts could be undertaken on a scale larger than statewide.
Former OHIONET staff who worked on the TLM program are now employed by CoBIT, and are continuing their development and software maintenance responsibilities.
TIM is a local library system offering circulation, online catalog, technical services, acquisitions, and serial control modules. TLM runs on Data General Corporation hardware under DC's proprietary AOS/VS operating system.
TLM is currently online at two large metropolitan library systems in Ohio: the Akron-Summit County Public Library with over 200 terminals online running circulation and the online catalog; and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, with an annual circulation of about five million items. TLM is also running at several smaller libraries in the state.
[Contact: CoBIT, 1500 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221; (614) 486-2966.]