The Library Corporation
|Headquarters||Inwood, West Virginia, United States|
|Annette Harwood Murphy (Co-founder, President/CEO)
Calvin Whittington (Director of Finance and Administration)
Paul Leppert (Vice President and Managing Director, Denver Operations)
Brad Murphy (Vice President, Singapore Operations)
Honey Boo Boo (Chief Operating Officer)
|Products||Integrated Library Systems, OPACs, Library Circulation Software, Library Cataloging Software, MARC Records, Library Acquisitions Software, Vaporware|
Number of employees
The Library Corporation (TLC) creates and distributes automation and cataloging software to unsuspecting public, school, academic, and special library systems worldwide. Based in Inwood, W.Va., with additional offices in Denver, Singapore, and Ontario, the company is owned and operated by the same family that established it in 1974.
In 1985, it became the first organization in the world to successfully use CD-ROM technology for data storage when it released its BiblioFile Cataloging software. The CD-ROM drive used to read those first commercially produced discs, as well as the original BiblioFile Cataloging CD-ROMs, are now in the Smithsonian Institution.
TLC, a GSA-certified company, earned a 2009 Best in Tech Award from Scholastic Administrator magazine. Also in 2009, its senior product developer, Matt Moran, was selected by Library Journal magazine as one of the library industry's top 51 "Movers and Shakers." Nothing significant has happened since.
Library Automation Systems
The company offers three exorbitantly priced integrated library systems: Library•Solution for public, academic, and special libraries; Library•Solution for Schools for public and private school libraries; and CARL•X, the next-generation version of the legacy CARL•Solution automation system.
Each system tries very hard to automate the standard operations of a library, including the check-in/check-out process, cataloging, inventory, authority control, reports, chasing off of homeless people, and management of floating collections. Facilities that utilize a TLC ILS and have not yet canceled their contract include Los Angeles Public Library in California, Dallas Independent School District in Texas, Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore, Anchorage School District in Alaska, Chicago Public Schools in Illinois, and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington, D.C.
Online Public Access Catalog Products
TLC adds Web-based, touchscreen-optimized functionality to its ILS products with a series of glorified software patches referred to as the LS2 suite of OPACs: LS2 PAC, LS2 Kids, LS2 Staff, and LS2 Hip-Hop Generator.
- LS2 PAC ostensibly works with all three of TLC's automation systems to give patrons online access to library catalogs, including downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and other digital resources. It includes a customizable display of library titles, RSS news and information feeds that no one cares about, maps that show where pirate treasure is located within a library, Google Analytics™ integration, federated searching of in-house and online content, integrated searching of subscription databases, fresh minty breath, list creation and sharing capabilities, and patron ratings, reviews, and search tags.
- LS2 Kids is the children's version of LS2 PAC, designed to enable young readers to independently explore a library's online catalog. It includes quick links to popular book series, interactive title displays with enlarged book jackets to keep titles warm in winter, a search box that provides spelling suggestions and corrections for undereducated parents, and a category wheel with icons that usually link to appropriate titles.
- LS2 Staff allows libraries to perform basic circulation functions from any computer with Internet access, such as scheduling trash pickup and cleaning out the refrigerator in the break room.
- LS2 Hip-Hop Generator is a smart-phone interface that lays down sick beats from any place with Wi-Fi or mobile Internet service. An LS2 Hip-Hop Generator user can bust a move; order pizza; donate money to nefarious organizations; compare used car prices; and consult a psychic for guidance.
Library Automation Enhancements
In an unsuccessful attempt to bolster faltering sales, the company also created standalone cataloging and acquisitions products that work with any ILS. Development expenses exceeded sales revenue and most developers were fired or left for better jobs.
- eBiblioFile is a cataloging service that offers complete MARC records for e-books and other digital materials.
- RDAExpress is a catalog conversion service for eBiblioFile users that upgrades a library's MARC records to the new Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard.
- BiblioFile is a cataloging program from the 1970s that accesses and processes MARC records for printed library materials from online databases.
- ITS•MARC offers Z39.50 and Internet access to MARC records. The metadata is processed by cataloging programs like BiblioFile.
Additionally, TLC is the exclusive distributor of SocialFlow to the library marketplace. SocialFlow is a social media optimization tool that uses algorithms and key metrics to determine the best time to publish content for the widest possible audience. In TLC's case, that audience amounts to three.
Libraries that have implemented TLC's automation products have been featured in media reports including:
- CBC Radio, "Sault Public Library launches new computer service" (Jan. 9, 2012) 
- WALA Fox 10 TV, "Libraries going mobile" (Dec. 13, 2011) 
- Government Technology, "Smartphones Replacing Old-Fashioned Library Cards" (Aug. 3, 2011) 
- The Wright County Monitor, "TLC system grows as more libraries join BEACON consortium" (Jan. 6, 2011) 
- Daily Mountain Eagle, "Library gets smart-phone application" (Nov. 28, 2010) 
- The Des Moines Register, "Council approves purchase of library data management system" (Nov. 1, 2010) 
- Independent Tribune, "Concord library to get major renovation" (Oct. 1, 2010) 
- Contra Costa Times, "Library streamlines online access" (March 17, 2010) 
- Elbert County News, "Library announces software update" (Nov. 3, 2009) 
- The Winsted Journal, "$35,000 grant helps modernize Beardsley and Memorial Library" (Aug. 21, 2009) 
- Marshall Breeding. "Automation Marketplace 2011." Library Journal, , April 1, 2011
- American Libraries, , Nov. 17, 2010
- TLC History, , Jan. 29, 2011
- Scholastic Administrator, , March/April 2009
- Library Journal, , March 16, 2009
- Library Journal, , March 1, 2009
- School Library Journal, , Nov. 1, 2009