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TLC Unveils ITS*International, ITS*for Windows 3.36

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TLC Unveils ITS*International, ITS*for Windows 3.36

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The Library Corporation (TLC) has announced it has launched ITS*International, a new cataloging tool with an integrated browser that enables librarians to catalog library resources in virtually any language worldwide. TLC has also announced the release of ITS*for Windows 3.36.

ITS*International

ITS*Intemational utilizes Unicode technology and features a built-in transliteration table that processes characters entered in a wide variety of native scripts and then automatically generates the corresponding romanized text. Of particular note, librarians will be able to use ITS*International to transliterate Chinese, Japanese, and Korean to romanized text so that users of older software can effectively retrieve and display information in the library catalog. The program can also catalog Web sites as if they were books.

"In the 21st century," said Annette Bakhtiar, TLC's CEO, "library tools must truly be global and reach beyond the boundaries of country and language. We believe ITS*International is the first product of its type to effectively bridge the language divide and make the use of MARC records global."

Additional features of ITS*International include an integrated Web browser that enables users to toggle between functions with-out opening and closing applications. "By eliminating time-consuming cut-and-paste operations, librarians and catalogers will improve their efficiency," said Bakhtiar. "Another way in which TLC programmers have made cataloging MARC records more accessible was to incorporate icons, rather than text, wherever possible. That's faster, simpler, and more global."

ITS*International takes advantage of Unicode, a universal standard for information exchange designed to support all the world's languages. The Library of Congress, OCLC, and other library automation vendors are in various stages of implementing Unicode software features. …

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