|Endeavor Information Systems and Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario,
Canada, have announced the launch of the Voyager integrated library management
system at the seven Queen's University libraries. Endeavor also announced
that the University of Cambridge (U.K.) has purchased Voyager for its 97
university and college libraries, and that Kansas State University (KSU)
has purchased the ENCompass digital collection management system to build
and organize its digital projects.
Negotiations for the system were finalized in April 2000, and the Queen's
libraries implemented the Voyager 2000.1 software in less than 6 months.
The Voyager software purchased by Queen's also includes Endeavor's Citation
Server, Media Scheduling and Interlibrary Loan modules, and a Voyager 3M
The Web- and Windows-based Voyager system replaces the NOTIS system
that was in use at Queen's University since May 1988. Designed to enhance
library service at Queen's University, Voyager offers the flexibility and
range of functions that will provide the library with the best opportunity
to integrate traditional book collections with expanding electronic resources,
according to the announcement.
The University of Cambridge Libraries will employ Voyager to manage
over 7 million holdings. Cambridge also selected Endeavor's Universal Catalog
for a de-duplicated database of bibliographic records, detailed holdings,
and item information from the databases of the local libraries.
"Voyager is a long way ahead of other library systems," said Patricia
Killiard, head of information technology services for Cambridge University
Library. "I don't think any of the other systems we reviewed has the fully
developed client/server architecture that we saw with Endeavor.
"Voyager has a strong system administration client," she said. "With
a small system support team, we like to devote as muchtime as possible
to supporting individual libraries, so we need a good systems administration
According to the announcement, other features in Voyager also outweighed
the competition, including the integration of print, manuscript, and electronic
materials, which are essential for managing the range of collections in
Cambridge's libraries; support for non-MARC standards, including Encoded
Archival Data (EAD); and Endeavor's published timetable for Unicode and
non-Roman scripts, which is important for handling Cambridge's collections
of Far East and Near East materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic,
"There are over 100,000 serials titles, including 36,000 titles within
the University of Cambridge system, so checking in serials is a major issue.
Voyager stood out with very sophisticated functionality in this area,"
The KSU library will employ ENCompass as the unified user interface
for the KSU Digital Library.
Karen Cole, associate dean of libraries for KSU, said: "We were looking
for three distinct objectives in a digital collection system: It has to
be able to organize, it has to have the capacity to index and display information
in a sensible manner, and it has to provide an interface to bring the campus
together at a higher level."
Cole explained that other systems did not have the capacity to deal
with organization and indexing, and others did not have solutions for integrating
local content, while ENCompass met both these needs. The 2001 development
of commercial content into ENCompass was also a strong point for the university.
Cole said: "We saw that Endeavor has a strong architecture that complements
our goals. Adding commercial content is a big part of our strategy. Endeavor
has done more than just partner with Elsevier Science—they've shown that
an ILS [integrated library system] vendor and publisher can work together.
Endeavor does not have to build bridges with a publisher to make commercial
content happen, it's already there. Endeavor and ENCompass are fully poised
to allow the further integration of more commercial content past the Elsevier
resources, something all libraries can appreciate."
The KSU Digital Libraries Program Task Force of library professionals,
faculty, and IT staff only began their search in August 2000, with the
goal of a university-wide system, not just a library system, to electronically
acquire information, process it, and organize it in a way to make it available
to all users, regardless of format. The task force looked for user-customizable
collection presentation in a system that could represent a unified interface
to the repositories created at KSU.
"The digital library represents the content of the university, who we
are and what we're researching, access at all levels, and infrastructure,
moving the library out of a silo of IT people and taking agendas forward
on behalf of support areas," Cole said.
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 800/762-6300,