DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, August 17, 1999: Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated announced today that the Library of Congress has gone into production with the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). With over 12 million bibliographic records and 4 million authority records in the Voyager database, the world's largest library is now officially in production for cataloging and circulation. Five locally developed systems were replaced with Endeavor's Oracle-based, multi-tiered client/server system on August 16, 1999. The OPAC is scheduled to go into production by August 31. Acquisitions and serials check-in will go into production October 1, 1999, completing the Library's full implementation.
The Library of Congress announced its selection of Endeavor Information Systems Inc.'s Voyager ILS in May of 1998, after concluding a 10 month formal selection process for a fully integrated library system to manage and support a collection of this magnitude.
Over 80 project teams were established within the Library, involving nearly 500 Library of Congress employees. Endeavor also established an implementation project team that worked closely with the Library's ILS Program Office. The goal was simple—to move the library from its present systems to the new Voyager ILS. This required rethinking library integration, training staff in Voyager functionality and adjusted workflows, implementation, and acceptance of Voyager by the target date of October 1999.
"The incredible success of this project would not have been possible without the excellent organizational skills provided by the Library of Congress project management team. The dedication of their staff was unwavering throughout the process. We are proud to partner with the Library of Congress to accomplish a new era of automation as the Library of Congress starts its third century," said Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO.
The Library of Congress now joins more than 550 libraries around the world who benefit from the power of Voyager's unique design and functionality. Eric Zeglen, President of the Voyager User Group said, "We are delighted to have the Library of Congress as part of the Voyager user community. Their far-sighted planning and national standards of excellence will ensure a bright future for Voyager. We look forward to sharing knowledge and experience with them."
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September, 1994. Over 550 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system. For more information, come to our website at http://www.endinfosys.com