|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
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
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 http://www.archives.state.al.us
for more information.
Source: Endeavor Information Systems, Des Plaines, IL, 847/296-2200;