|Endeavor Information Systems has announced the release of ENCompass
2.0, its advanced digital system for managing e-content and digital collections
with full linking capabilities, and version 2001.1 of its Voyager system.
Endeavor also announced a partnership with Serials Solutions as well as
the adoption ofVoyager by the Alberta Law Society Libraries.
ENCompass 2.0 features multi-protocol (Z39.50, XML, and http) searching
across resources, OpenURL-syntax support, fully customizable XSLT for the
user interface, and increased navigation. ENCompass is in place at 25 libraries
around the world and includes ENCompass for Resource Access and ENCompass
for Digital Collections, specific system offerings that address concentrated
e-content or digital content needs, as well as LinkFinderPlus, the
comprehensive linking system for all of the library's resources, regardless
of software or information vendor.
According to the announcement, ENCompass goes beyond simple Z39.50 searching
to include access via XML gateways and http, significantly increasing the
number of resources that can be accessed in a single search. ENCompass'
"federated searching" allows libraries to incorporate important resources
that are not Z39.50-enabled, such as publisher sites, e-book sites, and
popular noncommercial databases. This multi-protocol, federated searching
gives libraries more value from all of their databases by keeping researchers
in a single interface. By "virtually aggregating" content licensed from
many vendors, all content is better utilized.
Version 2001.1 of the Voyager system is now in general release for Solaris-based
customers. According to the announcement, it includes patron-empowerment
features, bindery function, bibliographic record linking, and superior
Voyager 2001.1's MyOPAC functionalities offer options for individual
patrons to define and save their own profiles, such as searching a particular
database or catalog. Also included are selective dissemination of information
(SDI) opportunities for automatically receiving update results from saved
searches, plus a bookbag feature that saves records from multiple searches
for future reference. The enhanced Voyager OPAC also includes PIN prompting,
customized display of MARC records data, and even more power to Endeavor's
trademark simultaneous searching of disparate databases. The enhanced simultaneous
search better incorporates target database search capabilities, resulting
in more consistent results.
The new Voyager release introduces bindery capabilities designed from
the ground up with customer input and attention to changing processes in
bindery departments. Voyager 2001.1's complete bindery tools include functionality
for bind-on dates, pull slips, simple status changes, and collapse functions.
Voyager's new "pick and scan" interface makes en masse changes to item
and holdings records a simple process for both cataloging and circulation
departments. Pick and scan allows authorized operators to make global changes
to permanent and temporary location and item types, or to delete records
for withdrawn items as simply as a bar-code scan.
Endeavor's relationship with Serials Solutions will allow mutual clients
to easily transfer and integrate data between the two companies' respective
content management systems.
Libraries that utilize the OPAC of Endeavor's Voyager system and Serials
Solutions' electronic serials reports may now easily include data from
their Voyager system into their Serials Solutions reports. This will provide
them with customized and unbiased reports that display all the full-text
serials available at their institution, regardless of format, including
content from database aggregators, publishers, and subscription agents.
Prior to this arrangement, libraries could include print holdings in
their Serials Solutions reports, but the work of extracting the data could
be time-consuming, and linking to specific holdings in a Voyager OPAC was
not yet available. According to the announcement, Endeavor's recently released
technology makes this reporting and linking easy for librarians.
Alberta Law Society Libraries
Endeavor announced that the Alberta Law Society Libraries in Edmonton,
Alberta, will adopt the Voyager system. Voyager will be installed in 56
law libraries throughout Alberta that serve the bar, judiciary, and general
Mona Pearce, senior manager for the Alberta Law Society Libraries, explained
that one of the objectives of the libraries' recently completed strategic
plan is to develop the virtual library as a concept of information that's
housed digitally and is deliverable without regard to its location or the
time of day. In this regard, the libraries were looking for a system with
new technology, attention to security for sensitive data, patron-friendly
features, and manageability for staff members.
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300;