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Two prestigious Scottish libraries launch Voyager: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh University Library are first Scottish sites

Press Release: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. [January 31, 2000]

Abstract: Endeavor Information Systems announces the Voyager integrated information management system moving into production at the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, USA Jan. 31, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems celebrates the Voyager integrated information management system moving into production at the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.

The official launch ceremony included the Scottish Parliament's Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport, the Principal of the University of Edinburgh, the Librarians of both the National Library of Scotland and the Edinburgh University Library, and Jane Burke, President and CEO of Endeavor Information Systems. Held in the Signet Library, noted as one of Edinburgh's finest buildings, the celebration brought together the history of Scotland's library past and present with the future of Voyager library information research.

Voyager's Web OPAC provides users at each library easy access to both catalogs and Internet resources. With Voyager's smart design and distributed architecture, both libraries are developing common services to maximize the staff resources and physical capabilities of each facility. Both run from one set of hardware based at the University of Edinburgh, with a Sun Enterprise 4500 server that was manufactured in Linlithgow, Scotland.

"In our decision process, we involved staff who would be using the system rather than managers, to be more democratic. Voyager was the choice in all functional areas -- it is a new state of the art system, not something evolved out of an old system," commented Fred Guy, Director of Information and Communications Technology at the National Library of Scotland. "The Oracle database and the Sun hardware were important determining factors, but we also considered the unique functionality Voyager provided. Our staff felt comfortable with Voyager and Endeavor -- we wanted to work with a company that had a vision for the future, and that came across to us very clearly."

"Voyager was a very good choice for our consortium compared to other systems; we largely felt we would be able to save money for our institutions. We haven't found any problems in working with an American system, either. A number of systems didn't provide software that would be stable for consortiums, but Voyager is a solid, forward -looking system," explained Sheila Cannell, Deputy Librarian of the Edinburgh University Library. "We are looking for more ways to economize, like joint cataloging; we haven't really scratched the surface yet in what we can do with the system and the consortium. Both libraries find important benefits in using the same system: they know they're speaking the same language when they talk about Web customization and Z39.50 links."

"For our users, the Voyager to Voyager links are invaluable, bringing together the holdings of the two libraries. It is interesting for our users and other libraries as well," Cannell continued. "As the two largest academic libraries in Scotland, we find the result of the two libraries working together is attracting the attention of other smaller research libraries around Edinburgh who are interested in participating in our consortium."

The National Library of Scotland/ Edinburgh University Library consortium also hosts the Signet Library and the Scottish College of Agriculture, with plans to expand the consortium by adding the Royal Observatory, a new Voyager customer, and other library organizations around Scotland. Voyager replaces the VTLS system at the National Library of Scotland and two Geac systems (ADVANCE and Libs 100+) at the Edinburgh University Library.

"I congratulate the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh for accepting these challenges so readily," commented Rhona Brankin MSP, Scottish Deputy Minister for Culture and Sports, at the official Voyager launch in November. "In employing the Voyager system, they have clearly demonstrated their determination to enhance their own services and capabilities significantly. The common services they will develop will be good news for all who rely on them, and particularly for those in the wider research and learning community."

"I am happy to have been a part of the official ceremony to launch Voyager at these two prestigious Scottish libraries. At Endeavor, we are delighted to be a part of the future of research at the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh," commented Burke. "With partnerships like these, we can provide continued access to a wealth of worldwide information."

National Library of Scotland

Founded in the 1600s as the Library of the Faculty of Advocates, the National Library of Scotland became a repository library in 1710. In 1925, the collections were given to the nation and the National Library of Scotland came into being. It is Scotland's foremost general research library and the world's leading repository for material on Scotland's history and culture. Its collections include 7 million printed books, 120,000 volumes of manuscripts, 1.6 million maps and over 20,000 newspaper and magazine titles.

Enjoying the exhibits at the Signet Library during the Voyager launch ceremony for the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh are (l-r) Ian McGowan, Librarian, National Library of Scotland, Jane Burke, President & CEO, Endeavor Information Systems, Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport, and Professor Sir Stewart Sutherland, Principal of the University of Edinburgh. Photographed by Moira Leggatt.

Edinburgh University Library

The Edinburgh University Library ( holds over 2.5 million printed and new media items; 197,000 metres of manuscripts; 106,000 maps; 9,600 printed periodical titles and over 500 electronic journals. Serving a decentralized University of 21,000 students, it operates on 22 separate sites in the City of Edinburgh. Established in 1580, the Edinburgh University Library is one of the major libraries in Scotland. By first establishing an automated library system in 1984, Edinburgh University Library was one of the first UK libraries with a networked online catalog.

About Endeavor

Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September 1994. Over 600 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system. For more information, visit Endeavor at

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:January 31, 2000
Publisher:Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Place of Publication:Des Plains, IL
Company: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Products: Voyager
LIBS 100Plus
Libraries: National Library of Scotland
Edinburgh University
Subject: System announcements -- installations
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Record Number:6579
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00