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Volume 19, Issue 10 November 2002
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National Library of Australia Selects Voyager

Endeavor Information Systems has announced that the National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra selected the Voyager integrated library system for the management of its 3.2 million volumes. The library will employ Sun hardware forthe Voyager implementation.

The library is also implementing Endeavor's geospatial search module with the Voyager system. This will assist with the searching of NLA's extensive map collections. The geospatial search module offers searching of the MARC 034 coded cartographic mathematical data field. Endeavor's Voyager interface to VDX, a software extension to interoperate with Fretwell-Downing's CDX interlibrary loan system, will also be employed for structured ILL e-mail messages from Voyager to the library's ILL system.

According to the announcement, Endeavor's systems will assist NLA in reaching goals such as improving internal processes to achieve efficiencies and economies, and applying new technology to meet future directions. The implementation ofVoyager coincides with the restructuring of the library's Web site, which will provide a greater degree of integration with the catalog. With a simple search, a library client will be able to retrieve a comprehensive range of results from the entire Web site, including the catalog.

According to the announcement, National Library staff will also benefit from the implementation of Voyager by their ability to streamline the management of acquisitions and catalog the hundreds of new collection items processed daily.

David Toll, the library's deputy director general, said: "Voyager has been chosen because it is the product that will best meet the National Library's future needs. Our major aim is to provide clients with fast and convenient access to the library's massive collections. The implementation ofVoyager will mean that users will access a single online catalog, whether at home or in the library."

Jane Burke, Endeavor's president and CEO, said: "Endeavor is extremely excited to be working with the National Library of Australia. Voyager is a smart decision because of the NLA's valuable collections, progressive staff, and the vision to be leaders in library excellence. We feel the Voyager system will provide all of the important functionality the library must have, plus simplified work flows for staff and options for the future needs of the library."

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200; http://www.endinfosys.com.

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