NEWS AND ENHANCEMENTS
MORE TLC INFO ON THE WEB AND YOUR LAN
Gone are the days when you had to go to the library to view its materials. Modern libraries are increasingly making their resources available to users throughout their organizations via local area networks and also the internet for those who are away from the office. TLC data continues to become more widely available to users via FileMaker Pro's web serving function and ODBC features. Here are a few examples of how TLC uses networking and the Web for sharing information about library holdings with those who request it:
Tables of Contents of any library item (books, CDs, serial issues, etc.) can be viewed by users on the local network and also in the Catalog record displayed on the Web.
Serials routing lists can be viewed in the Catalog record if the librarian chooses to make them available for searching. This enables an end user to find his/her name in the routing field throughout the entire catalog to identify which titles he is on the list to receive.
Email buttons appear throughout TLC for use on the LAN by library staffers ¾ they automatically prepare and send messages to users, vendors and other libraries listed in TLC's supporting subfiles. Users can email requests and other messages to the librarian directly from the minimenu.
Customized forms can be automatically generated as email, not as attachments but as the body of the message.
FileMaker Pro v.5 enables open database connectivity for those who need to import from or export to external compatible databases.
NEWS AND ENHANCEMENTS GOES ELECTRONIC
The February 2000 issue of this newsletter was sent electronically to all those on our active mailing list who are not located in the United States. It was a test run that has proven most efficient. Everyone who received the emailed notice was informed in a very short message of the topics covered in the current issue, then offered a link to the URL where the text could be read on our website. Also included was an option to be removed from the mailing list. We'd like to hear your opinion of electronically transmitted newsletters. Do you prefer to receive them by email or in printed format?
SEE THE NEWEST TLC
Please stop at our booth during one of the annual conferences listed below to see the most recent version of TLC. Both will be in Philadelphia this year. We'll happily demonstrate any features you'd like to explore in depth.
June 12 - 14 Special Libraries Association, Booth 332
July 16 - 18 American Association of Law Libraries, Booth 328