The Library Corporation (TLC) has debuted LS2 Kids – a children’s version of TLC’s LS2 PAC – offering the same technology with new features oriented to younger library users. LS2 Kids has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that helps children find exactly what they’re looking for within a library’s collection, according to the announcement.
LS2 Kids was developed with input from a special focus group of librarians as well as children ages 5 to 11. As a result, for instance, the home screen of the interface has a scrollable display of popular book series like "Harry Potter," "Dr. Seuss," "Junie B. Jones," and "The Magic School Bus." A single click calls up every title in a selected series, beginning with the most recent publication.
"Scout," the curious young pup who greets users of LS2 Kids, guides children as they search for items of interest in their school or public library. Kids can click on an icon in the category wheel that encircles Scout and select from dozens of subject areas – math and reading, of course, but also topics like space, baseball, gymnastics, cats, hippos, dinosaurs, scary stories, and more. They can also type a book name or subject in the search box. If a word is typed incorrectly, LS2 Kids will offer spelling suggestions and corrections.
When children search for subjects, names, or book titles, LS2 Kids takes them to an interactive screen that displays a cover flow of corresponding book jackets that fill the screen and indicate whether a title is available. Clicking on any book jacket spins that title around to reveal detailed information about the publication.
LS2 Kids is intended as a companion to TLC’s Library•Solution for Schools and Library•Solution. For more information, visit www.tlcdelivers.com.
Source: The Library Corporation, www.tlcdelivers.com