As a Federal Reinvention Laboratory under the National Performance Review, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is undergoing a transition from its mainframe legacy systems to a more modern client/server environment.
As part of this effort, NLM has selected Voyager, developed by Endeavor Information Systems Inc., as the library's new integrated library system to support its basic library functions. Voyager will replace a number of internal custom-built systems developed at NLM over the last 25 years.
Voyager, an integrated information management system designed for academic and research libraries, will be used by NLM for acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, collection management, circulation, preservation, binding, and an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). The OPAC will provide the retrieval engine for online access to the Library's cataloging records for monographs, audiovisuals, and serials, replacing existing online access mechanisms such as Locator, CATLINE, AVLINE and SERLINE.
Voyager is a fully integrated system that combines open system architecture and relational database technology. It will allow NLM to incorporate data from the ILS into its other unique applications.
NLM staff will be working with Endeavor, the developer of Voyager, to add new features to the product, including a binding module and enhancements to the closed stack request module and serials processing to meet NLM's internal processing requirements. NLM expects to begin implementation of Voyager in the fall of 1998.
The National Library of Medicine is a part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.