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Research Park
Inwood, West Virginia 25428-9733
United States
Phone: 304-229-0100
Web site:

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

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

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
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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

November 30, 2021. Bryan College Station Library migrates to TLC for efficiency and security. The Library Corporation announced the recent implementation of Library.Solution for Bryan + College Station Public Library System. TLC completed the migration services for the three-site library system from their Polaris integrated library system earlier this month.

November 24, 2021. TLC welcomes the Return of J Robert Jamerson Memorial Library to Library.Solution. The Library Corporation welcomes the return of another former customer to Library.Solution. J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library migrated away from the open-source Koha platform supported by Bywater Solutions and returned to TLC — their previous library management vendor of 22 years prior to 2014.

November 13, 2021. New Haven Public Schools Delighted to Return to TLC Family. The Library Corporation announced the recent implementation of Library.Solution for Schools for another returning customer: New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut. After a thoughtful deliberation process, NHPS chose a return to TLC, their previous library management vendor of 11 years prior to 2015. NHPS staff were pleased with the seamless data migration provided by TLC for transaction and materials records.

September 9, 2021. The Library Corporation Launches TLC.GO! Mobile App for public, K-12, and academic libraries. The Library Corporation announced its new partnership with SOLUS to provide a world-leading mobile library app to customers using their CARL, Library•Solution, and Library,Solution for Schools integrated library systems in the public, K-12, and academic library markets. TLC.Go! will provide an additional option to TLC customers who may already be using the responsive platforms in mobile environments, as well as the mobile app wrapper available with CARL.

August 27, 2021. Belhaven University Includes Library•Solution on its Back-to-School List. The Library Corporation welcomed Belhaven University to its family of customers as the university library in Jackson, Mississippi, recently completed its implementation of Library.Solution. The migration to the new library management system will allow the Belhaven University library staff more operational efficiencies and improved workflows, just in time for the start of the Fall semester.

August 20, 2021. Latest CARL product release highlights public library patrons. The Library Corporation announced the latest release of the CARL suite of integrated library software, including features targeted at providing inclusive library features and pleasant patron experiences, in addition to enhancing library staff workflows and providing additional customization options to meet their libraries' community needs. This summer release includes CARL.X version 9.6.9, CARL.Connect Staff version 1.6.5, CARL.Connect Discovery version 3.6.3, and CARL APIs version 1.9.9.

August 11, 2021. Grand Island Public Library excited to implement Library.Solution. The Library Corporation announced the recent implementation of Library.Solution for Grand Island Public Library in Grand Island, Nebraska. The library has been looking forward to the completely web-based and hosted library system that Library•Solution provides, as well as the eIntegration and dedicated Kids PAC solutions for their borrowers.

June 15, 2021. Leander Public Library and TLC’s Library.Solution: Reunited And It Feels So Good. The Library Corporation continues its busy 2021 schedule with the reimplementation of Library.Solution for Leander Public Library in Leander, Texas. Currently a customer of TLC's AMH and RFID company Tech Logic, LPL will be rejoining the full TLC family again. This will be Leander's first use of Library.Solution since 2011.

June 14, 2021. Medaille College Returns to the TLC Family. Students are not the only ones returning home this summer, as Medaille College returns to The Library Corporation for the first time since 2008. Medaille College recently implemented Library.Solution, TLC's 100 percent web-based Library Management System.

June 4, 2021. The Library Corporation Implements First Library•Solution Version 5.x in the Philippines. Earlier this month, Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) upgraded their Library.Solution library management software to version 5.6.3, part of the next-generation 5.x series. ADDU is the first library in the Philippines using Library.Solution Version 5.x as their Library Management System.

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Corporate Chronology

Feb 2007 Ingenta acquires Vista International

Apr 01, 2005 The Library Corporation acquires TechLogic
The Library Corporation acquired majority stock shares of Tech Logic Corporation of White Bear Lake, MN. In doing so, TLC immediately assumes responsibility for the management of Tech Logic. Tech Logic founders Mark and Linda Frich remain stockholders while continuing their active participation in the operations of the company.

Jul 03, 2000 The Library Corporation acquires Carl Corporation from WardShaw
The Library Corporation acquired The CARL Corporation, a leading developer of automation solutions for all types of libraries. CARL is the creator of the CARL System, which is used in over 1,000 libraries of different types at 37 sites.

Mar 2000 ingenta acquires UnCover Company from Ward Shaw
ingenta, a global research gateway, has announced that it has merged with UnCover, an article access and document delivery provider to the U.S. academic market. Under the terms of the agreement, ingenta has purchased 100 percent of UnCover's issued stock, and Ward Shaw, chairman of UnCover, will join ingenta's board.

Jan 1999 Ward Shaw purchases Carl Corporation and the Uncover Company
The CARL and Uncover companies were sold in late January to Ward Shaw, CARL founder and chairman of the board.

1997 Tech Logic founded by Mark Frich and Bob Rohlf
Mark Frich and Bob Rohlf, former CEO of Hennepin County (MN) Library, founded Tech Logic in 1997, by combining Mark's extraordinary engineering skills and Bob's legendary library leadership to resolve the laborious challenges associated with manually checking in and sorting library materials.

1996 Annette Harwood Murphy becomes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Library Corporation
Following the exit of co-founder Brower Murphy, Annette Harwood Murphy takes full leadership of the Library Corporation as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Aug 09, 1995 Knight-Ridder Information acquires CARL Corporation and The UnCover Company
The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, the CARL Corporation, Blackwell Limited and Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. announced on August 9, 1995 that agreements have been reached leading to the sale of the CARL Corporation and The UnCover Company to Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. of Mountain View, California.

Jun 1993 UnCover Company formed as a joint venture of Carl Systems and B.H. Blackwell
The UnCover Company formed in 1993 to advance CARL's UnCover document delivery project and has grown to become a major online information and document supply service. Blackwell and Readmore, a Blackwell company, will market Uncover internationally and CARL Systems will to market uncover as an integral part of its library management system.

1988 The CARL Corporation, incorporated in 1988 as for-profit spin-off of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries

1988 Uncover article request and document delivery service launched by Carl Systems, Inc.

1987 The Library Corporation launches The Intelligent Catalog
The Intelligent Catalog was the first multi-media CD-ROM online catalog.

Jun 1985 Eyring Research Institute, Inc. founds Eyring Library Systems to market Carl
The Eyring Research Institute, Inc., founded another library automation-oriented company, Eyring Library Systems. The new company will market the CARL system developed by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. Eyring Research Institute also owns Dynix.

1985 TLC launches BiblioFile
The Library Corporation offers BiblioFile Cataloging as a CD-ROM based product for cataloging that included storage of MARC records.

1982 Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries develops the CarlSystem
In 1982, the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries developed the CARL integrated library system

1974 MARC Applied Research subsequently known as The Library Corporation, founded by Brower Murphy and Annette Murphy
One of the company's earliest products included its service to provide MARCFICHE to libraries.

Annual Accomplishments Statements

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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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