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Volume 18, Issue 10 — November 2001
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Endeavor Announces Product in Beta Testing, Other News

Endeavor Information Systems has announced that Citation Server with LinkFinder is now in beta testing. Endeavor also announced that its president and CEO Jane Burke recently met with the newly formed National Libraries' Endeavor Advisory Board (NLEAB), and that the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in Montgomery will employ the Voyager integrated library system.

Citation Server with LinkFinder
The next step in increased user access, Citation Server with LinkFinder adds one-way full-text-linking capability from citations in local or remote electronic databases, allowing researchers to link directly to the cited journal article. According to the company, Citation Server works seamlessly with the OPAC interface of the Voyager integrated library management system, so researchers never have to learn a new interface to access additional information.

LinkFinder enhances Endeavor's Citation Server product, which gives libraries integrated searching of the local library holdings along with local and remote electronic databases. Citation Server dynamically shows researchers "hooks" to the local library holdings—the call number and location of the journal in the local library that holds the cited article. LinkFinder accepts metadata from the Citation Server interface, utilizing the commercial and local databases already used daily by the library.

Citation Server provides integrated, simultaneous searching of local and remote databases—plus the library's local catalog—to return merged results sets. With Citation Server, electronic journal citations, articles, and items held locally such as books, government documents, and locally created databases are all searched concurrently, and the results sets are de-duplicated and presented in a relevance-ranked order to provide access to a large range of information.

The National Libraries' Endeavor Advisory Board is a self-formed group that will work with Endeavor to develop products responsive to the unique needs of national libraries. Representing the seven national libraries that employ the Voyager integrated library management system, the group met with Burke at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Conference in Boston.

The NLEAB representatives are from the Library of Congress, Helsinki University/the National Library of Finland, the National Library of Medicine, the National Library of New Zealand, the National Library of Scotland, the Royal Library of Sweden, and the State Library of Victoria.

Membership on the advisory board is limited to national libraries, or, as in the case of the State Library of Victoria, to state or provincial libraries that act in the same manner as national libraries. The resource group provides Endeavor with insight on the strategic directions of national libraries. This advisement includes relaying information on the role of national libraries in copyright/legal deposit issues, national bibliographic control, standards support, serving large and varied audiences, and preserving and archiving national heritage materials.

Celebrating its centennial this year, the ADAH holds the distinction of being the oldest state-funded department of archives and history in the U.S. According to the announcement, the archives had been pursuing an electronic system for some time, culminating its search with Voyager over several other products, even systems specifically created for historical materials. Voyager was the only system that met all of ADAH's specifications regarding a Windows-based, flexible system that would allow the collections to be accessed online.

"We were searching for a product to run in-house as a facilitator to place information on a Web site to let people know what we have. We're looking for Voyager to open that door for us," said Tracey Berezansky, assistant director for government records at ADAH.

Endeavor's experience in working with more than 17 museum and archival sites was also valuable to the ADAH. "We were impressed with Endeavor's interest and concern to work with our archival group and meet the needs that are different or special," said Berezansky. She also noted the potential of the relationship with other Voyager users. "We have technical support from the other Voyager libraries in the state, plus an archival community that has the product as well."

"Collections are carefully cultivated, so presenting those collections clearly is one of the strongest features of Voyager," said Burke. "With the ability to display electronic items straight from the OPAC, Voyager allows researchers around the globe to access the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. We're proud they selected Voyager and look forward to helping the staff share 100 years of archival work with an expanded audience."

The ADAH was founded in 1901 to ensure the preservation of Alabama's historical records and artifacts and to promote a better understanding of Alabama history. Collections available at the ADAH include comprehensive documentation of the state's beginning in 1819 through the current government administration, historic newspaper collections documenting life in Alabama's cities and counties, local government records, and a wealth of artifacts documenting the state's material culture. The current aim of the ADAH is "to preserve the records of its past and to serve the information needs of future generations of researchers." Visit for more information.

Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200;

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