RESEARCH PARK, Inwood, West Virginia, June 19, 1998. The Library Corporation (TLC), a major developer of library automation systems, today introduced Library Serial—a new state-of-the-art library automation system for serials management designed to work in conjunction with TLC's turnkey, filly integrated library automation system, Library.Solution. The new system enables libraries to receive, process and track their serials collection quickly and efficiently.
Library.Serial automatically processes information about receiving, routing, tracking and binding of serial publications. Once a user has created an initial record for a publication, Library.Serial anticipates its arrival including volume, issue number and date, and creates a record to be incorporated when the librarian confirms receipt of the materials. The system notifies the user if materials are late or missing and alerts a librarian if a backlog of serials becomes large enough for binding. In addition, Library.Serial provides librarians with added flexibility in record keeping to allow for certain anomalies, such as publishing irregularities, multiple subscriptions to a single publication, and title changes.
In making today's announcement Gary Kirk, Director, Sales & Marketing at TLC, stated, "Many libraries spend up to one-half of their acquisitions budget on serial publications, leaving them with the very time-consuming task of managing a large, continuously growing collection. TLC specifically designed Library.Serial to streamline this process for libraries and free librarians from this laborious task. The system is simple to use, allows librarians the flexibility they need for serials management and is very cost-efficient."
Continued Mr. Kirk, "When field-testing the system prior to release, Library.Serial in a number of instances dramatically reduced what was for some librarians a 40 hour per week chore to a process that required less than 30 minutes. In short, for librarians who wish they had more time in the day, Library.Serial is the answer."