DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 17, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced this week that the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ), Wellington, New Zealand is the first library outside the United States to select the ENCompass digital library navigation, organization and linking tool. Implementation of ENCompass will begin immediately at NLNZ, the eighth library to select ENCompass, commercially released in March 2001.
Interested in the ability to work with multiple data types and employ current technologies, the NLNZ will use ENCompass for integrated access to digitized collections and born digital material, and in the future as a unified navigation layer to all of the Library's resources.
"National Libraries have challenges that other libraries do not have, needing to interact with several communities at the same time," explained Adrienne Kebbell, Business Development Analyst at the NLNZ. She explained that the NLNZ serves three core communities in New Zealand: the library community, the education sector and the research community – requiring multiple metadata environments.
One of the first collections to be loaded into ENCompass will give online access to a range of art and music resources sourced from both the Library's own collections and external providers. This is a pilot project for a wider initiative to provide online support to the whole New Zealand curriculum. The initial collection includes over 2,000 pieces of art, video and music. "These are items currently only available to people who come to Wellington, so providing web access to these resources is an important step," Kebbell said.
"We're looking forward to building virtual collections from our Voyager databases and our heritage collections," she explained. "With ENCompass, we can pull information from both sources and present them through the ENCompass Collection Manager as a virtual collection."
The NLNZ has been experimenting with the potential of XML for some time. "Our strategic plan gives emphasis to digital developments. We've been looking closely at XML metadata standards, implementing Dublin Core (DC) and a pilot Encoded Archival Description (EAD) site," Kebbell noted. "We have obligations to preserve digitized and digitally born materials for the nation and we want ENCompass to provide integrated access to these and all of our physical collections, whether in MARC, EAD or DC."
"Endeavor recognizes that today's library collections are hybrids--combinations of print and electronic materials-- and that end users expect to access many different kinds of collections," stated Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "The NLNZ, a long standing Endeavor partner, knows ENCompass is the most powerful tool to manage, search and link all of their collections. Endeavor is proud to have the NLNZ as our first international ENCompass users."
About the National Library of New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library collect, preserve and share recorded knowledge about New Zealand and the Pacific for the public, researchers, educators and students across New Zealand. With over 350 employees, the NLNZ is instrumental in documenting the heritage of New Zealand through significant collections on the history of the area. Special collections at the NLNZ include an extensive John Milton research collection, illuminated manuscripts, and the largest collection of early printed books and fine printing in New Zealand. Visit http://www.natlib.govt.nz for more information.
ENCompass applies new technology standards like XML, EAD and DC to organize and access electronic resources. ENCompass provides seamless searching across digital object collections while managing and controlling links for separate repositories. ENCompass ties together resources, creating a more effective research base. ENCompass 2.0 includes LinkFinderPlus, the solution for providing seamless access to all library information and relevant services across platforms, journals and publishers, including the latest abstracts, full text of print, links to internet search engines and links to review information.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 850 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor’s high performance Voyager library system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com for more information about ENCompass, or any of Endeavor's library products, including Voyager and LinkFinderPlus.