DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, April 10, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the CTW Library Consortium selected the Voyager integrated library management system and the Universal Borrowing intra-consortia lending system. Made up of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, three Connecticut institutions with over 2 million holdings combined, the CTW consortium's Voyager selection gives the institutions more options in the catalog's user interface, increased flexibility in technical services workflows, and an open architecture for campus integration and future developments. The three libraries are migrating from their current Sirsi Unicorn system.
"Voyager will allow our students and faculty to complete more personalized research," said Richard Ross, College Librarian for Trinity College. He explained Voyager's OPAC features such as selective dissemination of information (SDI), personal accounts, email alerts, and the new books list option, provide readers a more informative research experience.
Voyager's open Oracle-based reporting structure was also a benefit to the CTW libraries. Voyager allows the libraries to report, individually or as a consortium, on many variables, either through pre-packaged reports or through SQL queries. "Libraries always need to generate different reports for a variety of purposes and in a consortium setting quick and easy report generation will be critical," Ross said.
"The consortium aims to continue to enhance our capabilities in sharing resources. Endeavor's systems seem to offer the ability to do so and yet have customized local databases. Voyager also allows us to interface with our individual campus software systems, which are not consistent from campus to campus," said Ross. As an example, he illustrated that one of the three campuses employs the Banner™ software, while other two use Peoplesoft™ software for campus financial tracking.
Building on fifteen years of cooperative sharing of collections, staff and technology, the CTW consortium's selection of Endeavor's Universal Borrowing means requesting and circulating materials in their cooperative borrowing environment will be fast and simple, with patron-initiated requests and direct, unmediated reciprocal borrowing, with limited human intervention in the borrowing process.
"Large and small consortium libraries find much success with the flexibility and the complete functionality of the Voyager system," said Endeavor President and CEO Roland Dietz. "We are proud to work with the CTW libraries in assisting their readers through the open Voyager system and comprehensive Universal Borrowing system."
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, Universal Borrowing, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.