ORLANDO, FL - June 26, 2004: At today's tenth semi-annual Endeavor Information Systems Digital Breakfast, more than 325 librarians and library technical staff were the first to witness Endeavor Meridian, a new library software system for the efficient, effective and economic management of all types of electronic resources. Endeavor Meridian provides vital e-resource information to the library's users while alleviating the headaches of the back-office administration of these materials.
At Endeavor's Digital Breakfast, held in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference, librarians learned of the extensive research Endeavor conducted before developing the Meridian system, including interviews with representatives of nearly 70 libraries from North America, Europe and Australia.
Endeavor also introduced three development partners for the Endeavor Meridian system development, Columbia University Libraries, New York, NY; the University of Pittsburgh University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ. Endeavor noted the rewards of collaborating with libraries that are heavily involved with the management of e-resources, while librarians from the Princeton University Library illustrated the current problems in managing e-resources.
As the culmination of the event, Endeavor unveiled a prototype of Endeavor Meridian. Designed with the assistance of the Elsevier User Centered Design Group, specialists who analyze human to computer interaction, the Endeavor Meridian prototype features an entirely web-based interface.
The system's functionality is guided by the requirements outlined by the Digital Library Federation's Electronic Resource Management Initiative and interacts with integrated library systems, like Endeavor's Voyager, for MARC and acquisitions data. In addition, librarians will be able to take advantage of information available from aggregators, local databases or data management utilities with an easy-to-use data import feature.
"Endeavor Meridian simplifies complex workflows and data relationships, helping staff throughout the library better understand and use the institution's electronic resources. With Endeavor Meridian, libraries can leverage and integrate electronic data from across our library systems,” explained Kathryn Harnish, Endeavor Meridian Product Manager. “Meridian will provide a complete picture of a library's activity with these materials, centralizing information that has not traditionally been kept in a single place and thereby making it easier to administer, troubleshoot, and offer access to electronic content.”
“Endeavor's ongoing commitments to developing new, needed software technologies are proven with Endeavor Meridian. We are very proud to build an original system to benefit libraries with smoother management of this vital area of information services,” said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO. “Endeavor Meridian is a highly anticipated solution for the fragmented e-resource and serials management puzzles currently found in today's busy libraries.”
Additional information about Endeavor Meridian is available at Endeavor's ALA Conference exhibit booth, number 2788, via a series of product presentations throughout the ALA Conference. Visit Endeavor's corporate website, www.endinfosys.com to learn more about Endeavor Meridian.
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.