|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
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;