|TLC/CARL has announced a powerful suite of new enhancements to its
YouSeeMore product. The company has also announced that the Corvallis-Benton
County (Oregon) Public Library has selected Library•Solution.
YouSeeMore is a dynamic, interactive portal that integrates with a
library's Web site and allows patrons to personalize individual pages with
streaming media, resources, and information based on their individual preferences.
It is in use at 40 library sites nationwide and provides an interactive
New features include "Personal Saved Searches," whereby a patron can
create stored searches for items that are of ongoing interest. Now upon
login, all items relating to the "saved search" topic will be instantly
displayed. Further, a "Patron Online Registration" component is being developed,
enabling users to pay fines and make purchases online, as well as receive
The latest YouSeeMore features also provide patrons with the added customization
and flexibility to more easily manage their account settings and select
from enhanced new features. TLC/CARL has also included 12 new book lists.
These include Edgar Awards, British Crime Writers' Association, Anthony
Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, Agatha Awards, Hugo Awards, NebulaAwards, RITA
Awards, Spur Awards, National Book Critics Circle, World Fantasy Awards,
and the Pulitzer Prize.
TLC/CARL has also enabled YouSeeMore with wireless access using an IPAC
hand-held device. In addition, the company reports that its developers
are working to make access seamless with other types of wireless devices,
thereby delivering library resources anywhere and anytime.
To capture the full benefits of YouSeeMore, patrons submit their preferences
using a simple Web form, and in return receive a personal portal account
that delivers recommendations for books, music, and videos based on their
ratings of previous selections. Those recommendations are then linked to
the library catalog displaying the book jacket image, table of contents,
reviews, and availability. A participating library patron's personal portal
can then be accessed anywhere online.
TLC is also leveraging the fully customizable Web environment of YouSeeMore
to offer additional products, such as Outreach Services. Outreach Services
takes advantage of such YouSeeMore features as Personal Saved Searches
to record personalized reading interests for use in identifying and recommending
materials to homebound patrons.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Located in western Oregon, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
chose Library•Solution, which replaced a DRA system. The agreement calls
for 53 workstations within the main library site, its four branches, and
a state-of-the-art bookmobile. Installation is scheduled to be completed
by late spring.
Currently, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library System has a staff
of 50 and library holdings in excess of 281,000 books. With a circulation
of over 1.5 million books per year, it is one of the busiest public libraries
of its size in the nation. The new automation system will provide up-to-date
information and allow a fully customizable Web interface; a link to electronic
resources, including files, images, and documents; and global change capabilities.
Making it possible is Library•Solution, an advanced automation technology
that fuses Internet linkage, Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems,
Intel-compatible hardware, and an Oracle database. Further, the product
delivers a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use automation system that frees
librarians from patching together separate networks for cataloging, circulation,
and online resources, according to the company.
Source: TLC/CARL, Inwood, WV, 800/325-7759; http://www.tlcdelivers.com.