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Volume 19, Issue 8 September 2002
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Endeavor Announces ENCompass/Blackboard Interface, Agreement with LexisNexis  

Endeavor Information Systems has announced the development of an interface between the ENCompass system for managing, searching, and linking diverse collections and the Blackboard Learning System. Endeavor also announced an agreement with LexisNexis that will make select LexisNexis databases available through ENCompass.

Blackboard Learning System
According to the announcement, the interaction with the Blackboard Learning System brings library resources to a familiar and comfortable environment and makes it easy for faculty to provide quality library resources as part of their online course setting.

The powerful, user-friendly interface assists in course creation and gives students single log-on access to learning resources and learning tools. Instructors can locate all resources on a topic, whether the information is in a remote commercial database, a print book in the library, or a librarian-qualified Web site included in the search. Instructors can now search the library's digital content for relevant course material and instantly "collect" this information within their course materials using the Blackboard Learning System. Faculty can create pre-defined ENCompass searches for students and select documents, images, and other digital information to be used as course content.

According to the announcement, Blackboard, Inc. offers a complete suite of enterprise software products and services that power an e-education infrastructure for schools, colleges, universities, and other education providers.

LexisNexis
Through an XML gateway, ENCompass will be able to search specified content from three LexisNexis research databases: LexisNexis Academic Universe, LexisNexis Congressional Universe, and LexisNexis Statistical Universe.

The first agreement of its kind with LexisNexis, the Endeavor plan will provide a single point of access for simultaneous searching that will include these three popular library databases. ENCompass employs multi-protocol federated searching across resources using traditional protocols like Z39.50 and new technology advances in XML gateways and http searching.

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

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