DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Apr. 28, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems hosted more than 980 librarians, library technical staff and library directors earlier this month at the Endeavor User Group Annual meeting held in Chicago, IL.
Attendees represented 40 U.S. states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, 6 Canadian provinces and 12 total countries, including Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the West Indies.
In addition to a wealth of peer-to-peer learning opportunities, participants of the meeting learned more from Endeavor about future releases of the company's current library technology systems and upcoming new product initiatives. Endeavor's commitment to providing access to information in today's academic and research libraries continues with Voyager 5.0, ENCompass and LinkFinderPlus releases, and a new electronic resource management solution.
In the Meeting's Opening Session, Endeavor executive staff outlined the company's successes in 2003, including a growth in customer services and development staff numbers as well as major developments in product releases, Endeavor's leadership with active standards committees, and company vision. Additionally, Endeavor relayed current developments on the creation of an electronic resource management solution. Endeavor described plans for a well-researched and carefully developed e-resource management system to be developed in view of Digital Library Federation requirements and with library partner input. The new solution will provide an accurate and complete picture of the library's electronic resource environment, aiding in the management of licensed materials and the assessment of library budgets and collection development plans.
The EndUser keynote address was delivered by Neil McLean, Director, IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) Australia. McLean illustrated the opportunities for interoperability between libraries and campus learning management initiatives, challenging librarians to think creatively about becoming active in e-learning activities on campus to keep the library relevant as institutions move to more electronic learning methodologies. He highlighted librarians are the most responsible source for organizing and managing resources, even if those resources are now found as electronic items that need to be sorted in institutional repositories.
Over 90 presentations were on the meeting's agenda, covering a range of experiences and successes with the Voyager integrated library management system, the ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections and the LinkFinderPlus OpenURL-enabled link resolver. Presenters represented small libraries, medium-sized institutions, ARL members and national libraries. A new Strategic Track concentrated on topics of interest to director-level librarians, including a lively forum that discussed the future challenges for libraries.
“The Endeavor User Group meeting is a truly collaborative effort between Endeavor customers and our company, an effort that benefits every single attendee. Endeavor customers return to their libraries with fresh ideas and re-energized plans for new ways to take advantage of the intelligent design and open architecture of Endeavor systems,” said Donald J. Muccino, Endeavor Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Customer Services. “There are tremendous learning opportunities at the Endeavor User Group meeting because of the positive contributions of hundreds of Endeavor's customers and the entire Endeavor staff, from our developers and product management team to our customer service professionals and executive team. A testimony to the success of the meeting is the fact that Endeavor customers return year after year because of the value they receive from this open forum.”
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, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.