INWOOD, WV, March 12, 2001 Missouri, well known as the “Show Me State,” has recently expanded its reputation by “showing” the rest of the nation how to put libraries of all sizes and types on the cutting-edge of technology.
In recent months, numerous libraries within the state have migrated to an advanced, third-generation system called Library.Solution, which has become one of the fastest growing products of its type in the world. Developed by recognized industry leader, The Library Corporation (TLC), Library.Solution is a fully turnkey automation solution that creates a more enjoyable and comprehensive library experience for librarian and patron alike. This approach uniquely melds Internet linkage, a Windows NT operating system, Intel-compatible hardware and an Oracle database. The result is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use automation system that frees librarians from the challenge of patching together separate networks for cataloging, circulation and online resources.
In Missouri, the number of library systems that have recently embraced Library.Solution total 14, including two new contracts that came onboard within the past few weeks. One of these is Mexico-Audrain County Public Library System, a county-wide library system in a suburban setting that purchased 25 workstations for its five sites, in addition to software, support and training. The other is Mountain View Public Library, which just purchased its first automation system for the library's single-site facility and also contracted for a complete package of hardware, software, installation, training, support and patron cards.
Today's announcement comes at a point in time in which the library industry and patrons worldwide have dramatically increased requirements for Web access to library resources, as well as new forms of easy-to-use cataloging and circulation tools.
That need was readily apparent in Missouri, as Lois Smith, Library Director at Mountain View Public Library, commented, “Our library serves a rural community of very active library users. With computer and networking services and personnel scarce in the region, we required a reliable system, with great technical support.”
Continued Ms. Smith, “We turned to TLC/CARL because of its reputation for excellent technical support and customer service. I've used TLC systems in the past, and here we utilize ITS.MARC to perform cataloging. In fact, we recently completed retrospective conversion of our entire collection with ITS.MARC. TLC's products are superior-- their support is outstanding.”
From a statewide perspective, Missouri has taken a leadership position in spurring its libraries to incorporate advanced technologies. Missouri State Library Automation Grants are funded by federal resources and administered by the state. That funding covers 75 percent of automation costs, with the individual library itself responsible for providing the balance. However, the technology requirements are stringent, and only a handful of companies including TLC have met the criteria.
In other company news, TLC and its recently acquired member company, CARL, are now delivering enhanced content in Library.Solution's online public access catalog (OPAC). The vehicle is TLC's newly-introduced product, “YouSeeMore” a personalized web portal that enables patrons and library staff to search the OPAC to “see” book jackets, view tables of contents, and access reviews.