WILLOW GROVE, PA (June 26, 1999) ... Library Technologies, Inc., the leader in authority control and database preparation services, announces the availability of RTAC (Real-Time Authority Control).
RTAC allows users to send bibliographic records in MARC format over the Internet to LTI, where they are immediately put though LTI's authority control processing, and then returned to the customer's computer. Records may be sent individually or in batches. The customer may also receive the authority records referenced by the bibliographic record over the same real-time link. RTAC incorporates the same high quality, comprehensive features that are the hallmarks of LTI's current batch and continuing authority control services.
According to LTI President Jim Schoenung, RTAC will "change fundamentally how libraries authorize bibliographic records added to their online systems." RTAC permits catalogers to verify and correct headings at the point of entry during cataloging without having to stop and search a separate database. Patron access to library collections is thereby improved immediately and seamlessly.
RTAC utilizes 'client-server' technology, with LTI's computer acting as the server, much like an FTP server. The client software required by the user is accessible in three different ways, according to the access capabilities of the user. First, libraries can use RTAC directly with a simple client program provided by LTI, which reads a MARC file, sends the records to LTI, receives back the authorized records, and writes them to a file on the library's computer, along with the corresponding authority records.
A second, and the most integrated, RTAC access method is through the library's local system. Here the RTAC client is built into the local system's "record edit" software by the vendor. The vendor provides a way in the user system interface to submit a catalog record(s) to LTI for RTAC, such as an "Authorize this record" icon. Interested libraries should contact their local system vendor for availability information.
A third way that RTAC can be used is by database vendors (e.g., retrospective conversion services) wishing to program RTAC access into the software that delivers bibliographic records to their customers. This approach allows records to be authorized by LTI before they are delivered to the customer by the database vendor.
Library Technologies, Inc. is a privately held company founded in 1988. The company provides a full range of database preparation services, including duplicate record resolution, item field creation, barcode label production, authority control, authority control maintenance, and database migrations. Over the past decade LTI has authorized over 100,000,000 bibliographic records for nearly one thousand libraries.
For further information, contact LTI at (800) 795-9504 or email (LTI@LibraryTech.Com).