|The Library Corporation (TLC) and its recently acquired partner company,
CARL Corp., have announced the release of CARLweb 3.6, a robust new version
of the public access catalog (PAC) portion of CARL’s Information Management
& Delivery System (IMDS).
According to the announcement, the new enhancements significantly strengthen
IMDS. Developed by CARL and first introduced in 1997, IMDS comprises a
suite of integrated products that includes powerful, intuitive public access
interfaces and graphical modules for library staff functions. These include
Circulation, Acquisitions, Serials, Cataloging, and Reports.
One new CARLweb feature allows patrons to view tables of contents and
images of book covers via the PAC. While a patron conducts a search, these
images appear on the title list and full record, and can be viewed in a
larger format with a single click. The initial delivery from CARL includes
more than 220,000 tables of contents and 550,000 book-jacket images, with
16,000 additional images furnished each month. The service is easily activated
and the database resides on a separate server. In this way, servers for
participating libraries are not compromised in terms of speed or storage
The new version also reflects the growing collaboration between CARL
and TLC. According to the announcement, CARLweb 3.6 links directly with
TLC’s Library.Request, a Web-based program that frees librarians from the
administrative burdens of interlibrary loans (ILL) and eliminates the time
and costs associated with submitting ILL requests through nationwide channels.
Another development allows for proximity and adjacency searching to
be used by an advanced searcher or librarian exploring the PAC. A further
enhancement gives patrons a variety of additional self-renew options for
the items on their account.
Source: The Library Corporation, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.