Welcome CARL

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, September 12, 1997

Go with me? I'd like to introduce you to CARL. And CARL, in turn, will introduce you to the world within, and the world beyond. Take a seat at one of the 70 new computers in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library system, and click on the mouse.

Booklovers young and old crave the rustling of pages and the solid feel of a book in hand. They find it satisfying to pore through hundreds of titles in a slow drift through the library stacks. But technology offers us ways to retrieve information at superspeed these days. CARL leads us to the best of both worlds.

Developed by the Colorado Library System, CARL is now in use nationwide, combining high-tech with low-stress as it tracks every single book to its rightful corner in the library. Type in the name of the book you want. CARL can tell you if the library owns it; and whether or not it has been checked out. If it is there, a map of the floor pops up, and the book's home shelf flashes its presence!

This is real-time action too. Thanks to bar-codes and scanners, the moment a book is checked out, or back in, it is reflected in what you see on the screen.

But CARL does more than that. Do you want fiction, reference, or children's books? Click on the appropriate bar, select a colorful icon. Chose by type, author, or title. Follow the thread to genre. Mysteries? Romance? Sci-fi? You'll be delighted with the array.

Want to find something similar to something you already like? Kids, tell CARL you like The Magic Bus. Suddenly you have a list of other books you'll probably like too! Parents, are you looking for award-winning books for your children to read? Click on Caldecott or Newberry. And for yourself, find the National Book Award winners, or the Pulitzer.

Even from home you can find out in advance where the title you need can be found. Go to website www.lib.chattanooga.gov. Great for research too.

Other terrific resources accessible through CARL are ABI/Inform, for 1,000 business journals; Federal Domestic Assistance, listing government programs and grants; and DPL's Song Database.

Don't waste another minute. Sign up for your new library card today, and give CARL a hearty welcome and a test run. See you there.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library, Broad Street, Chattanooga
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