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Research Park
Inwood, West Virginia 25428-9733
United States
Phone: 304-229-0100
Web site: http://www.tlcdelivers.com
Email: info@TLCdelivers.com

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

photo of Annette Harwood Murphy
Annette Harwood Murphy
Co-founder, President/CEO, Chairman of the Board
photo of Gary Kirk
Gary Kirk
President, Tech Logic
photo of John Burns
John Burns
Chief Operating Officer
photo of Justin Dewel-Zahniser
Justin Dewel-Zahniser
Chief Technology Officer
photo of Brad Murphy
Brad Murphy
Vice President, Singapore Operations
photo of Calvin Whittington
Calvin Whittington
Director of Finance and Administration
photo of Don West
Don West
Director of Operations TLC-Denver
photo of Martin  Kasemsan
Martin Kasemsan
Associate Director of Customer Relations, Denver
photo of Sherry Banks
Sherry Banks
Director of Operations, Headquarters
photo of Sam Brenizer
Sam Brenizer
Director of Product Management, Inwood

Company Ownership

The Library Corporation is privately owned by company founder Annette Harwood Murphy

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for The Library Corporation

Personnel employed

[Data source: statistics supplied for the annual Library Systems Report or from public information]

CompanyYearDevelopmentSupportSalesAdminOtherTotal
The Library Corporation 2020473514515116
The Library Corporation 2019453514617117
The Library Corporation 20184338181017126
The Library Corporation 20174284221017175
The Library Corporation 20163884201017169
The Library Corporation 20144094251327199
The Library Corporation 20134193251327199
The Library Corporation 20123991281328199
The Library Corporation 20113991281328199
The Library Corporation 20103991281328199
The Library Corporation 20093989281328197
The Library Corporation 20083987251340204
The Library Corporation 2007646426136191
The Library Corporation 20066885311115210
The Library Corporation 20057085221221210
The Library Corporation 20047065221220189
The Library Corporation 2003705825918180
The Library Corporation 2002635424917173

Documents or articles featuring The Library Corporation

Breeding, Marshall. Executive Changes at The Library Corporation. July 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The Library Corporation has recently made changes in its executive team. Company co-founder Annette Harwood Murphy continues as President and Chief Executive Officer. Given the company's founding in 1974, Murphy ranks as the longest serving executive in the library automation industry. The company has made several promotions from within its ranks to fill other top executive positions.

Breeding, Marshall. The Library Corporation Works Toward a New ILS Platform. December 2008. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The Library Corporation announced that it is developing a new integrated library system called LS2. This product will ultimately become TLC’s strategic automation product, though it will continue to develop and support both of its existing ILS products indefinitely. The initial module of the system, the LS2 PAC, has been completed and has been implemented by the Shenandoah County Library System in Virginia.

Breeding, Marshall. TLC strikes exclusive deal with Aquabrowser. June 2005. Smart Libraries Newsletter.

Breeding, Marshall. AquaBrowser dives into ILS Technology. April 2005. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Medialab Solutions, B.V, an Amsterdam-based software development company, has developed a search environment called AquaBrowser that takes quite a different approach. As with a standard catalog, a search session begins by typing search terms. In addition to the list of results returned by a conventional online catalog search, AquaBrowser Library presents an interface designed to help the searcher pinpoint material that matches their investigation topic.

Breeding, Marshall. The Library Corporation acquires CARL Corporation. September 2000. Information Today. The consolidation of the library automation marketplace continues with the acquisition of CARL Corp. by The Library Corporation (TLC). In this development, TLC expands its presence from small and medium-sized libraries to the very largest libraries and library consortia. CARL Corp. will be wholly owned by TLC, though its name will continue to be used in the combined company. The marketing, sales, support, and development of CARL's products and services will continue largely unchanged from its Denver facilities.

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News Announcements

January 19, 2021. TLC wins dual Modern Library Award honors. The Library Corporation has added to its impressive list of accomplishments yet again, earning multiple 2021 Modern Library Awards. TLC not only received a Gold Level Award for CARL.Connect Discovery but also the highly distinguished “Service of the Year” Award for TLC.Cloud Services. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Only customers with experience using these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score.


January 11, 2021. TLCs Family of Customers is growing in Indiana. The Library Corporation'continues to expand its family of customers in Indiana with the recent Library.Solution implementation at Plymouth Public Library.


December 18, 2020. Bremen Public Library joins the TLC family. The Library Corporation announced that, in spite of the hurdles and challenges COVID-19 continues to present to the library industry in 2020, TLC's family of customers continues to grow and thrive. The most recent library to join the TLC family is Bremen Public Library.


December 15, 2020. Bremen Public Library Joins the TLC Family. The Library Corporation announced that, in spite of the hurdles and challenges COVID-19 continues to present to the library industry in 2020, TLC's family of customers continues to grow and thrive. The most recent library to join the TLC family is Bremen Public Library.


December 7, 2020. TLC completes milestone migration to TLC.Cloud Services. The Library Corporation has completed its fifth customer migration to its latest cloud hosting model: TLC.Cloud Services. Five distinctive library systems from around the country and internationally have partnered with TLC to successfully migrate their integrated library systems into the new cloud platform, with more customers scheduled for migrations later this year and beyond.


December 4, 2020. eBiblioFile now serves former RBdigital customers enhanced data. With the recent acquisition of RBdigital by OverDrive, TLC announced that all former RBdigital customers are now eligible to utilize eBiblioFile, an on-demand MARC record service for eBooks and other downloadable titles. This service has been available to OverDrive customers as well as cloudLibrary™ by bibliotheca customers.


October 27, 2020. Now Live on CARL.X: OWLSnet Consortia implemented new Iitegrated library system 100% virtually. The newest library system to implement TLC's CARL.X integrated library software is the Outagamie Waupaca Library System's shared automation network (OWLSnet). This library system, which went live on August 17, 2020, is a public library consortium consisting of 29 libraries with 49 locations that stretch across two library systems in northeast Wisconsin.


October 14, 2020. Newport News Public Library implements Library.Solution. Newport News Public Library recently joined The Library Corporation family by implementing Library.Solution integrated library system software. Located in Newport News, VA, this 5-location library system has a mission to “connect, inspire, enrich and empower,” which they have continued to do in the middle of a global pandemic.


October 8, 2020. Library.Solution 5.6.1 is here. The Library Corporation's latest major update to Library.Solution was recently released and customers are already complimenting the enhancements and new features found within version 5.6.1 of the Library Management System.


August 27, 2020. CARL Development Centered on Customer Priorities and Innovation. The Library Corporation continuously and consistently develops CARL.X, CARL.Connect Discovery and Mobile, and CARL.Connect Staff, making it the most innovative integrated library system in the industry. TLC's commitment to working alongside customers as development partners fuels development investments TLC continuously makes to the CARL product platform. As a result of this collaboration, CARL.X version 9.6.6, CARL.Connect Staff version 1.6.2, CARL.Connect Discovery version 3.6.1 and CARL.X APIs version 1.9.7, are now available.


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Annual Accomplishments Statements

[Data source: text supplied for the annual Library Systems Report]

2020 The Library Corporation Accomplishments Narrative

In a year defined by uncertainty and concern, The Library Corporation (TLC) served as a beacon of stability and consistency for its customers. Moving with decisiveness in prioritizing the well-being of customers and staff alike, TLC acted early in the pandemic to ensure its customers would continue to benefit from the outstanding and unexpected level of service they’ve come to expect from TLC in its 47-year history. When other vendors contracted, TLC grew. When others curtailed services, TLC worked non-stop to ensure customers were able to maintain services to their borrowers. When others looked to weather the storm, TLC innovated.

In 2020, customers saw the deployment of TLC•Cloud Services, the next generation of hosted solutions in the library industry and winner of the 2021 Modern Library Award for Service of the Year. Utilizing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), TLC•Cloud Services provides customers with unmatched control, security, and predictability to deliver high-performance, Cloud-based infrastructure services. OCI is a deep and broad platform of cloud services that enables TLC to design and build its applications in a scalable, secure, highly available, fault-tolerant, and high-performance environment. TLC•Cloud Services provides customers with data-at-rest encryption capability, complementing existing physical data center and application-security capabilities. These security defenses include ample encryption, strong access management, and granular resource and network control. TLC•Cloud Services also brings both Library•Solution®, Library•Solution® for Schools, and CARL•X™ into the same hosting environment, streamlining resources between the library management software platforms.

The pandemic did not prevent libraries from providing their communities with the best solutions they could offer and, for many libraries, that included upgrading their classic client-based Library•Solution® to TLC’s web-based LS2 Library Management Solution. Forty-nine library systems made the leap to a 100% web-based platform built with a flexibility and ease-of-use that many libraries appreciated during a time of constant change and rule modifications. In addition to these libraries upgrading and implementing LS2, numerous other libraries, including Newport News Public Library in Newport News, VA, Sea Girt Public Library in Sea Girt, NJ, Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, and University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, AR chose to join the TLC family of customers. CARL•X™ also saw continued growth and poential migration opportunities expected to continue in the new year, with notable relationship renewals such as Somerset County Library in Somerset, NJ in 2020.

COVID-19 did not slow down development of Library•Solution® and Library•Solution® for Schools, with the release of version 5.6, which included the additional integration of Syndetics Unbound. TLC was the first library management software company to bring enhanced content to the marketplace; the added integration of Syndetics Unbound builds upon that legacy, providing Syndetics Unbound data in the PAC and now in LS2 Cataloging as well, allowing libraries to directly report content issues to Proquest. Version 5.6 also brought RFID Inventory into Library•Solution® and Library•Solution® for Schools. This exciting feature was developed in conjunction with TLC’s subsidiary, Tech Logic, to leverage the power of RFID shelf management technology.. Numerous other features were included in 5.6 as well.

The CARL•X™ platform, which includes the web-based CARL•Connect modules, saw two major releases this year. CARL•X™ made significant foundational changes, modifications to data structures and added enhanced configurability. CARL•Connect Discovery closed the gap between the desktop and mobile versions and focused on numerous technical improvements, as well as continued development of FRBR-based functionality. CARL•Connect Staff saw numerous enhancements for handling fines and fees in a patron’s account. Fill List saw many improvements, including features focused on handling damaged items.

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