DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 12, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today that the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, has purchased the Voyager integrated library management system for its 97 university and college libraries. The University of Cambridge Libraries will employ Voyager to manage over 7 million holdings. Cambridge also selected Endeavor's Universal Catalog for a de-duplicated database of bibliographic records, detailed holdings and item information from the databases of the local libraries.
"Voyager is a long way ahead of other library systems," stated Patricia Killiard, Head of Information Technology Services for Cambridge University Library. "I don't think any of the other systems we reviewed has the fully developed client-server architecture that we saw with Endeavor."
"Voyager has a strong system administration client," Killiard said. "With a small system support team, we like to devote as much time as possible to supporting individual libraries, so we need a good systems administration module."
Other features in Voyager also outweighed the competition, including the integration of print, manuscript and electronic materials, essential for managing the range of collections in Cambridge's libraries; support of non-MARC standards including Encoded Archival Data (EAD), and Endeavor's published timetable for Unicode and non-Roman scripts, important for handling Cambridge's large collections of Far East and Near East materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic and Hebrew.
"There are over 100,000 serials titles, including 36,000 live titles within the University of Cambridge system, so checking in serials is a major issue. Voyager stood out with very sophisticated functionality in this area, " explained Killiard.
Universal Catalog Instrumental to Needs of Cambridge Libraries
"With 97 member libraries, ranging from the very small to the University Library itself with 6 million holdings, it is extremely important for us to have the Universal Catalog. Some libraries have major historic collections and all have collections of modern material. College, faculty and departmental libraries operate independently, but the library system is managed on their behalf by Cambridge University Library," Killiard explained. "In our current Union Catalog, to which all 97 libraries contribute, the records are not de-duplicated as in the Endeavor Universal Catalog, and all of our sites are protective of the ownership of their records. Endeavor's hierarchy of records allows them to all use the system, yet continue to operate independently."
"Cambridge currently has an online stack request system, similar to a call slip system, so it was very important that the system we chose had call slip and short loan capabilities," Killiard explained. "The OPAC's range of search options, particularly the keyword anywhere search, will enhance the facilities we can offer to our users, as will the extensive patron self-service functions.
Endeavor: An ILS Leader
"One thing very important to us was the overall feel of the company," Killiard explained. "We're a small team taking a big step-- we had confidence that the company could handle the implementation. Endeavor has a strong project management history. We spoke to other Endeavor customers who were happy about how their implementation was handled."
"We feel that Endeavor has a vision of where they want to go," Killiard stated. "The people at Endeavor are still excited about developing the product and working with existing customers on developing specific modules like Acquisitions."
"We're also very comfortable with the customer base," she continued. "We're joining a international group of research and legal deposit libraries with similar interests."
"Endeavor is very proud to be the vendor of choice that successfully meets the needs of the University of Cambridge libraries. Voyager satisfies user needs, technical services workflows, specialized concerns like short loan capability, and most important for this group of libraries, Endeavor supplies consortia interaction with the Universal Catalog," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "We are very happy to be working with such a prestigious group of librarians who recognize Endeavor's technology as the best solution for the historical and modern collections of the university and college libraries."
About the Cambridge University Libraries
The library staff in Cambridge serve a university renowned all over the globe and one that will, in a few years, be celebrating its 8ooth anniversary. As a legal deposit library, Cambridge University Library is entitled to claim a copy of all books, journals, printed maps and music published in Britain and Ireland The Cambridge library system includes items from before the dawn of printing to twenty-first century digital collections.
Located 50 miles north of London in Cambridge, England, the Library is a member of CURL (Consortium of University Research Libraries), SCONUL (Standing Conference of National and University Libraries), RLG (Research Libraries Group), Library Association, ASLIB and LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche).
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 800 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance 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 Voyager, the Universal Catalog, careers at Endeavor or Endeavor's complete product suite of solutions for libraries.