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The Library Corp. Announces Updates to Its CARL ILS

The Library Corp. (TLC) unveiled the newest release of its CARL suite of ILS products, “including features targeted at providing inclusive library [services] and pleasant patron experiences, in addition to enhancing library staff workflows and providing additional customization options to meet their libraries’ community needs.” CARL•X is on version 9.6.9, CARL•Connect Staff is on version 1.6.5, CARL•Connect Discovery is on version 3.6.3, and CARL APIs is on version 1.9.9.

The press release describes one of the updates: “A longstanding patron frustration in the library industry has been when an item on their account is unable to be renewed because a hold has been placed on the title, even though patrons can see additional copies available on shelf. The latest CARL release addresses this concern by comparing the number of holds currently placed on a title against the number of copies available on shelf that could fulfill the outstanding holds, and allowing the renewal if the available items to holds ratio meets library-defined parameters. This comparison happens at the point of renewal via staff access, within the patron’s account, and during auto-renewal.”

In addition, CARL now “allows libraries to customize the number of days before a patron account is blocked when an item on their account is overdue. A nuanced approach to the Fine Free movement taking place in libraries, this setting will continue to incentivize the return of materials without creating a financial impact to patrons.” And libraries will have the option to use a patron’s preferred name on their account, not just their full legal name.

For more information, read the press release.

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