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TLC’s CARL•Connect Receives Gold in 2017 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks

TLC’s CARL•Connect Receives Gold in 2017 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks

The Library Corporation is pleased to announce that CARLConnect has received a gold award in LibraryWorks’ third annual Modern Library Awards (MLA’s) for its Mobile Discovery platform. Setting itself apart with its ability to connect users with library services and engage with the social-local-mobile (SoLoMo) movement, CARLConnect Discovery Mobile meets the needs of a growing “always on, always in touch” population. Released in 2016, CARLConnect Discovery Mobile was designed with a sleek, responsive platform that dynamically directs users to a mobile version of the online catalog on any smartphone. It also provides a host of preeminent features that allow for a more local and personalized experience. Some of these include geolocation services, opt-in and notification, mobile app offerings, personalized reading recommendations, and access to a Digital Library Card.

The MLA’s were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 800,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products and services in their libraries were permitted to judge them, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored CARLConnect Discovery Mobile on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service etc.

“We are thrilled that our library customers’ experience with the CARLConnect Discovery Mobile platform has allowed them to provide their end users with features that they have come to depend on in their mobile lives. We thank our customers and LibraryWorks for honoring TLC with a gold Modern Library Award and we look forward to continuing with this momentum,” shared Paul Leppert, Managing Vice President of TLC’s Denver Office.

Jenny Newman, publisher and MLA program manager said, “TLC has been known for bringing leading-edge technologies to the industry since their company began over 40 years ago. It’s no surprise that  CARLConnect Discovery Mobile scored so well.”

About The Library Corporation
TLC is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the WBENC-administered U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. The company provides automation and cataloging solutions to more than 4,500 libraries worldwide. TLC is based in Inwood, W.Va., and has additional offices in Denver, Singapore, London, and Ontario, Canada.
About LibraryWorks
LibraryWorks helps administrators to make informed decisions about library technology, automation and software, collection development and management, facilities and furnishings, staffing, purchasing, and other areas that drive effective strategic planning and day-to-day operations. Our family of resources can enable you to identify best practices, monitor trends, evaluate new products and services, apply for grants and funding, post or find a job, and even enjoy some library humor.
About the Modern Library Awards program
The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.



Beth Lazarczyk