"The current system the schools are using is about 15-20 years old. It's a simple check out system, and the data is starting to become corrupt," Director of Business Affairs Mike Fowler told The Brazil Times. "It either gives incorrect information or doesn't show any information at all. It's sort of like your hard drive crashing."
The old system will be replaced with The Library Corporation (TLC) software program.
TLC helps with record keeping, checking out books and provides students with comprehensive information regarding their possible book selections.
"It will be an excellent resource for the students because they can access this program 24 hours a day, seven days a week if they have Internet access," Media Center Specialist Kathy Rendant said.
Fowler said a kindergarten student, who may or may not be able to fluently read yet, can see the cover of each book and make selections based on what they see.
The program also provides sentences, abstracts and the first few pages of a book to aid older students with research.
"We can see everything (every book) in the county. At the secondary levels, we'll allow the kids to place a hold on a book, and they'll be able to do that any time from anywhere," Rendant said. "They can read excerpts online, view the table of contents and decide if they want to read the book or not."
The TLC software also promotes reading and motivates students to read.
"When the students come in the library, they'll see the covers of books scrolling across the screens. If they see one they like or that might look interesting, they can find out more through the system. This way they are exposed to books they usually wouldn't see if not for the system," Rendant explained.
For more information on the TLC software go to www.tlcdelivers.com or youseemore.com.