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Volume 19, Issue 9 October 2002
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Endeavor Releases the Beta Version of Voyager 2001.2, Announces System Purchases

Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. has announced that Voyager 2001.2, the 13th release of its integrated library management system, has moved into the beta process. This testing will reportedly ensure the effectiveness of new functionality, such as the changes in circulation features and newly designed system administration for libraries of all sizes and backgrounds. Endeavor also announced that several libraries have selected its systems.

Voyager 2001.2

The new Voyager 2001.2 release features enhancements across all modules and the complete Voyager product suite. According to the announcement, one highlight is a functionality enhancement that was developed in partnership with Endeavor's Circulation Task Force, a group of eight Voyager customer-librarians from institutions around the world who assisted the company with determining new circulation upgrades.

Endeavor has also developed "circulation clusters" to manage differing circulation policies in one Voyager database. Circulation clusters are helpful in settings in which any number of distinct libraries share a database, but each library has separate control of its own items, patrons, and policies.

Increased individual patron security, including added masking of sensitive information, is also included in the Voyager 2001.2 circulation modifications. Because libraries worldwide have different policies for notice intervals and due dates, the Circulation Task Force ensured that the Voyager 2001.2 release provides even more extensive flexibility in profiling local practices to each library's Voyager system.

U.K. Libraries

The Falmouth College of Arts (FCA) Libraries and the University of Exeter together have selected the Voyager system; the ENCompass system for managing, searching, and linking digital information; and the Media Scheduling media management system. These products will be used for their combined library services in Cornwall at the new campus at Tremough, near Falmouth, U.K. The libraries will employ Endeavor's Media Scheduling system for media equipment booking.

Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries in New York has selected the Voyager system to manage its 7.5 million volumes. The data conversion of Columbia's 3.5 million bibliographic records and 1.5 million authority records will be handled by Endeavor's data migration and implementation teams.

BLDSC

Voyager's interlibrary loan (ILL) module has been integrated with The British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC). The interoperability will be available with the Voyager 2001.2 release this fall, and the ILL module is available for purchase with the system.

The Voyager 2001.2 ILL module adds support for ARTISO standards and increased support for Voyager's traditional ARTEmail capabilities for structured e-mail requests. Endeavor's offering handles all necessary interaction with The British Library: receiving replies, reviewing replies, updating records for items received, and submitting requests. The Voyager ILL module increases productivity options that help busy ILL departments efficiently process requests. For example, it includes even more automated processes for libraries to interact with The British Library: automatic process acceptance or rejection, automatic shipping notification, and automatic processing for the Requests Intray.

The Voyager ILL module features reporting through Endeavor's tracking and reporting capabilities. These augment the existing Voyager system functionality, allowing for a full range of statistical data that supports the interlibrary loan department's tracking process.

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

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