|The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced it has launched ITS•International,
a new cataloging tool with an integrated browser that enables librarians
to catalog library resources in virtually any language worldwide. TLC has
also announced the release of ITS•forWindows 3.36.
ITS•International utilizes Unicode technology and features a built-in
transliteration table that processes characters entered in a wide variety
of native scripts and then automatically generates the corresponding romanized
text. Of particular note, librarians will be able to use ITS•International
to transliterate Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to romanized text so that
users of older software can effectively retrieve and display information
in the library catalog. The program can also catalog Web sites as if they
"In the 21st century," said Annette Bakhtiar, TLC's CEO, "library tools
must truly be global and reach beyond the boundaries of country and language.
We believe ITS•International is the first product of its type to effectively
bridge the language divide and make the use of MARC records global."
Additional features of ITS•International include an integrated Web browser
that enables users to toggle between functions without opening and closing
applications. "By eliminating time-consuming cut-and-paste operations,
librarians and catalogers will improve their efficiency," said Bakhtiar.
"Another way in which TLC programmers have made cataloging MARC records
more accessible was to incorporate icons, rather than text, wherever possible.
That's faster, simpler, and more global."
ITS•International takes advantage of Unicode, a universal standard for
information exchange designed to support all the world's languages. The
Library of Congress, OCLC, and other library automation vendors are in
various stages of implementing Unicode software features. To support Unicode
functionality, ITS•International must be installed on Windows 2000. The
product also runs effectively on Windows NT if the user has a third-party
Input Method Editor.
According to the announcement, ITS•forWindows 3.36 is fully compatible
with updated Library of Congress Control Numbers (LCCN) and provides expanded,
new print capabilities. Bakhtiar said: "ITS•forWindows 3.36 permits librarians
to quickly recover from a printer jam when printing cards, labels, or edit
sheets. This particular capability further differentiates our product from
would-be competitors, many of which don't even provide a print function."
Another enhancement to ITS•forWindows 3.36 is the addition of default
extensions to the list of recognized file types. "Users no longer have
to key in nonstandard extensions when opening or saving MARC records, which
is a real timesaver for busy librarians," said Bakhtiar. Additional features
of ITS•forWindows 3.36 include a safety measure that protects against accidental
erasure of MARC record batches from the Internet queue, the option to print
MARC record edit sheets in single-spacing mode, and improved options in
the utility menu.
Initially introduced in 1995, ITS•forWindows enables users to do the
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Browse hundreds of Z39.50 resources on the Internet
Download records into a powerful MARC editor
Analyze MARC files from book vendors
Validate a record's compliance with MARC or OCLC rules
Verify headings against a local authority file the user can control
Automate repetitive tasks through a powerful macro scripting language
Copy and paste information from one record to another
Access approximately 15 million MARC records on TLC's ITS•MARC and ITS•MARC-Z