Baker & Taylor announces first full API integration with TLC
Integration with TLC and the Axis 360 digital media platform supports ReadersFirst Principles
Baker & Taylor is pleased to announce that TLC’s library systems (Library•Solution® and CARL•X™) are the first to seamlessly integrate their library catalogs with the Axis 360 digital media platform. Using Baker & Taylor’s suite of API services, libraries using TLC’s LS2 PAC catalog can now provide their patrons with full search and discovery of Axis 360 titles, view real-time availability, and complete a checkout or place a hold from a single point of access – the library’s online catalog.
Dianne Coan, LS2 PAC Product Owner, explained the user experience this way, “For TLC libraries that have purchased Axis 360 titles, patrons will discover the e-book titles along with the rest of the collection. To make a selection, they click on the Download button to checkout material or the Place a Hold button to be placed on the waiting list, and the file is delivered. It’s that simple. The customer never leaves the TLC LS2 PAC to have their e-book delivered.”
“We are excited that TLC has implemented robust API integration with Axis 360, supporting ReadersFirst principles,” said Livia Bitner, Vice President Technical Services and Product Development, Baker & Taylor. “Now patrons of TLC libraries can not only discover digital content in the library’s OPAC, but can also easily checkout or place a hold on a digital title without having to leave the library’s website.”
TLC Senior Vice President of Sales Gar Sydnor added, “One search, one login, one place to view availability, checkout, or place a hold are all included in the ReadersFirst Initiative set of requirements. TLC integrates with e-resource vendors quickly, and this milestone is significant for the breadth of API functionality available to us through Axis 360. We have 19 ILS customers, including Los Angeles PL, Contra Costa PL, and New Hanover PL, who will take advantage of this service immediately.”
TLC and Baker & Taylor will be demonstrating API integration functionality in their respective booths at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL this weekend – TLC at booth #617 and Baker & Taylor at booth #1619.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the world’s largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.
About The Library Corporation
TLC serves more than 4,400 libraries worldwide with Web-based, touchscreen-optimized library systems and cataloging products including Library•Solution®, Library•Solution® for Schools, CARL•X™, LS2 PAC, LS2 Kids, LS2 Staff, eBiblioFile™, Boundless™, and ITS•MARC® – all backed by an unparalleled level of customer support and assistance. For more information, visit TLCdelivers.com.
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