DES PLAINES, IL - Feb. 1, 2005: Endeavor Information Systems today announced details of recent user-focused design activities instrumental in the creation of the company's Meridian product for efficient, effective management of all types of electronic resources. This new usability initiative brings user-centered design practices into the development process for Endeavor systems and offers libraries improved staff workflows and more intuitive user interfaces.
As part of the Meridian usability process, Endeavor software development professionals and human-computer design experts visited eight separate libraries in the United States and United Kingdom, including academic, corporate and specialized research libraries. At each library, Endeavor observed staff members – electronic resource librarians, reference staff, interlibrary loan technicians, and other professionals – as they completed common tasks associated with e-resources. As the testing participants executed tasks, Endeavor's team noted areas in which the user struggled, asked questions or clicked on wrong buttons. The usability tests suggested interface adjustments and design changes that helped to create an intuitive, easily navigable Meridian interface that intelligently presents all of the information necessary to manage e-resources.
“Endeavor Meridian will support more than 400 data elements and manage complex relationships between records, so an intuitive user-focused interface is key. Bringing the principles of human-computer interaction and usability testing to bear on Meridian was an interesting process that provided innumerable benefits to the product and its users,” said Kathryn Harnish, Endeavor Meridian Product Manager.
Learn More at Information Online Sydney
Attendees of this week's Information Online conference in Sydney, Australia have several opportunities to learn more about Endeavor Meridian. Featured in the Information Online Product Showcase sessions, a Meridian overview will be presented Wednesday from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in Theaterette 5 of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre South.
Additionally, Endeavor stand #68 will feature Meridian demonstrations and informational presentations throughout Information Online. Learn more about Meridian Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., 12:50 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 3:30 p.m. or 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., 3:20 p.m. or 4:40 p.m.; or Thursday at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. with Endeavor's in-stand presentations.
Invited guests will learn more about Meridian in Endeavor's special event, “Manage E-Resources and Stay Cool with Endeavor Meridian,” Wednesday afternoon. For further details of this event or late registration, please contact Caroline Beatty, Endeavor Australasian Account Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
First announced in June 2004, Meridian is available to libraries using Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system as well as libraries using other vendors' ILS products. Development of Meridian is on track for a June 2005 general release.
Available at a discount for current and new Endeavor customers through June 30, 2005, Endeavor Meridian provides vital e-resource information to the library's users while alleviating the headaches of the back-office administration of these materials. Meridian became available for purchase Jan. 1, 2005. To date, two libraries have contracted with Endeavor for Meridian.
Designed in view of the Digital Library Federation's Electronic Resource Management Initiative requirements and with library partner input, Endeavor Meridian will assist libraries in managing one of the largest expenditure areas of the library materials budget, e- resources. From evaluation to purchase, from access delivery to renewal, Meridian will maintain all of the information that a library would need to manage its e-resources in accordance with license terms.
Four key development partners are advising Endeavor on the development of Meridian: Columbia University Libraries, New York, NY; the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England, the University of Pittsburgh University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ.
Contact email@example.com to learn more about Meridian in your library.
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 Endeavor Meridian, Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.