DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, July 31, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems today congratulated the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) as the recipient of the Excellence in the Use of Information Technology in Government category at the 2000 Computerworld Excellence Awards. The award honors the NLNZ's implementation of the Voyager integrated library management system, dubbed Te Puna, as a forward-thinking IT project delivered on time and under budget.
In production since June 1999, Te Puna involves over 10 million records in the NLNZ bibliographic database (nbd). The NLNZ works with bibliographic records for nearly every library in New Zealand, truly making Te Puna a national project.
The Computerworld Magazine awards celebrate exceptional performance in information technology across New Zealand. Computerworld highlighted the Te Puna project as "a world leader in technology, with a number of national libraries following in its footsteps" and stated "the system provides a solid foundation for the development of a number of e-government initiatives."
The Computerworld judges commented, "We were particularly impressed with the overall selection process, and the fact that the National Library made a decision to go for a proven package, but also one that was in the early stages of its life-cycle (not an easy balance to strike)." The NLNZ chose Endeavor's system in July 1998, when Endeavor was a four-year-old company.
"Te Puna is a government IT success story and I'm absolutely delighted it has picked up this prestigious prize. It shows the National Library is a leader in the in the field of electronic access to information," commented Christopher Blake, Chief Executive of the NLNZ. "Te Puna's flexible technology enables the Library to meet the information needs of New Zealanders. It is integral to achieving the Library's core purpose of collecting, preserving and making available recorded knowledge."
"The success of Te Puna is widely hailed as a model for other libraries. It is a standard compliant, a modern, easy to use library system which is being used by libraries across the information sector," Blake said.
"This nationwide award is a great honor for all of the individuals at the NLNZ and Endeavor who worked so hard to create an exemplary system in Te Puna," explained Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "We are proud of the achievements with the NLNZ, where the Voyager system was selected, successfully implemented, and so highly honored in just two years' time."
"The entire Endeavor staff-- from development to project management to customer support-- has learned so much with the National Library of New Zealand," Burke continued. "We optimized this opportunity to study the special techniques applied by the NLNZ and in that process, created a successful library system that fits the needs of the NLNZ."
The NLNZ selected Voyager in part because of Endeavor's commitment to meet the unique requirements of New Zealand's national library. The NLNZ staff partnered with Endeavor to develop:
- Bibliographic database and bibliographic utility, including duplicate detection based on field matches, copy cataloging for NLNZ's customer libraries via the Web and enhanced bulk loading of bibliographic records with holdings.
- Information resources, including ultimate relevance ranking for full-text searching using a full-text algorithm, templated input with text prompts and transaction logging for copyright and charging for occasional users.
After the NLNZ's Voyager selection in July 1998, implementation plans began immediately. Y2K compliance issues, vendor support concerns, maintenance of obsolete software and hardware/software rationalization issues promoted the Library's move to a new system. Voyager replaced the WLN system at the NLNZ for the New Zealand Bibliographic Network and Kiwi Net database.
The implementation teams of the NLNZ and Endeavor staff overcame many challenges, including a December 1998 fire that damaged the Library's five production servers, which delayed testing for over three months.
The NLNZ also extensively uses Endeavor's Citation Server, which provides searching for remote citation databases and bibliographic databases, and ImageServer, which supports the scanning, indexing, access and printing of the electronic documents patrons demand and libraries preserve. These additional products to the Voyager system help the NLNZ to provide full access to their extensive databases and image collections.
About Te Puna
"Te Puna," the name of the Voyager system at the NLNZ, is a Maori language phrase meaning "the wellspring" or "the pool." Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. "Te Puna" is derived from the National Library of New Zealand's Maori name, "Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa," which is "the wellspring of knowledge." The Te Puna system reaches many libraries across the country and is accessible at tepuna.natlib.govt.nz for more information.
About the National Library of New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand collects, preserves and shares 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. Other 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. The National Library of New Zealand is accessible at www.natlib.govt.nz for more information.
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September 1994. Over 740 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system, including Monash University, the largest library in the Southern Hemisphere and the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.