BROWARD COUNTY, Fl., September 13, 1999 - The Broward County School District, one of the largest in Florida, today announced it contracted for the installation ofThe Library Corporation's (TLC) Library·Solution automation system for all 212 of its media center libraries. The are now 232 contracts for installation of Library·Solution in 828 libraries.
The County selected TLC's turnkey, fully integrated system to offer students and media specialists a comprehensive network that allows them to maximize resources. TLC and Library·Solution were a logical choice for Broward County Schools. The relationship began some eight years ago, when Broward schools first started using the company's original product, a CD-ROM based system called BiblioFile. "They have been there every step of the way," explained Barbara Correll, Broward's Director of Learning Resources. "They answer questions we have, and their support has been a big plus. When looking for a library automation system, we realized our tight time frame with Y2K problems looming. We also knew TLC could handle it."
The District's 224,000 students will have shared access to resources from all 212 Broward County schools when the system is up and running this December. "We have many different kinds of schools," Ms. Correll continued. Along with the traditional elementary, middle, and high schools, the district has special learning centers, vocational schools and adult community centers. Making the new installation all the more complicated, not every site had the same type of technology. Of the 212 libraries in the County, 142 were using BiblioFile, seven others had different automation systems whose records had to be integrated, and a number more were operating without an automated system. "For this to work right, all systems need to speak with each other so everyone is on the same track," added Ms. Correll.
This new approach selected, Library·Solution, is TLC's flagship product. It will build upon existing records and hardware resources in Broward, and offer cataloging, circulation management, tracking, and enable classroom Internet access to library resources for area high schools, middle schools and elementary schools within the next two months.
Library·Solution fuses the Windows NT operating system, Intel-compatible hardware, an Oracle™ database and Internet linkage into one system designed to make it easy for libraries to manage their resources. "TLC is a leader in the field of integrating technology," says School Media Specialist, Diane Soloven. "We like their forward thinking." TLC recently released Library·Solution Version 2.0, which contains such enhancements as computerized inventory control using hand-held scanners, an enhanced Oracle™ database management facility, support for new self-checkout protocols, and the ability for patrons to review their library accounts online.
To familiarize Broward's more than 250 media specialists and assistants with Library·Solution, TLC will start with a hands-on training session when the system is being installed, followed by a two-day training course. "They are making a tremendous commitment to thoroughly train our staff as well as implement a timely and robust installation," Ms. Correll said. TLC is also providing a network engineer to remain on-site in Broward County for providing support service and training throughout the year. "With making such a quantum leap in our technology," she added, "TLC is making 100% certain our librarians can take full advantage of the system and its powerful features."
Broward County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing districts in the nation, with a unique urban/suburban mix of students. During the 1998-99 school year, the District served the educational needs of approximately 224,000 students. The District is in a period of unprecedented growth as approximately 6,000-7,000 new K-12 students are enrolled every year.
The Library Corporation, headquartered in Inwood, West Virginia, was founded 25 years ago and has a singular mission: to enhance the library experience for librarians and their patrons.
In other TLC developments, the company recently:
- announced an alliance with Pigasus Software, Inc. to develop a new Interlibrary Loan (ILL)/Document Delivery System;
- tripled its research and development (R&D) expenditures and hired several additional senior software developer ;
- release version 2.0 of LibraryoSolution
- developed ITS MARC-Z, which provides powerful, efficient access to databases via Z39.5-protocol connectivity.