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Press Release: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. [June 15, 2002]

University Of Kansas chooses ENCompass

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, June 15, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, has selected the ENCompass system for managing, organizing and linking collections. The 25th institution to select ENCompass, KU is also the sixth ARL library to choose Endeavor's digital system. KU elected ENCompass to be a "virtual library" for effective, efficient access to existing networked academic materials licensed by, created by and used by the university community.

"This marks an important step forward for us in the Digital Library Initiatives project," stated Marilu Goodyear, Vice Chancellor for Information Services. "Our vision for the Digital Library is to provide easy access to excellent research resources for students and the rest of the campus community."

Beth Forrest Warner, director of the KU Digital Library Initiatives, noted the digital library program has only been in place for about a year and a half, but the initial goals for the project are clear the group aimed to find a system to solve current issues of too many individual databases to be searched and lack of standardization, plus longevity and access issues for campus resources.

"The ENCompass system provides the foundation we need to achieve our vision of providing seamless access to the full range of scholarly information," stated Stella Bentley, Dean of Libraries.

The KU Digital Library group thoroughly evaluated several systems before selecting Endeavor's solution. "ENCompass brings together, in an integrated package, the basic pieces we need to build a digital library," Warner explained. "There are products available that provide various components of a complete system, but you then have to determine how best to integrate them effectively. ENCompass allows us to concentrate on the content, organization, and presentation aspects, rather than how Part A fits with Part B."

Warner also noted that the Digital Library group, in addition to working with more "traditional" library resources, hopes to work closely with the University's research community to bring expanded access to original data online, beyond the access currently provided by journals, individual research center or department websites. This kind of expanded resource access will provide an additional outlet for original University of Kansas research and help promote more recognition for the university's ongoing research activities. "The University of Kansas has been very involved with scholarly communication issues and working to change the way people think about information resources and collections," Warner said. "This is a way of continuing to move forward in that area, with a platform to bring collections online and coordinate access to resources across campus."

"The University of Kansas Digital Library group has done a very thorough search of the available digital library systems on the market and we are very happy that all of their findings point toward ENCompass," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor President and CEO. "The goals of ARL institutions like Kansas are possible with the ENCompass system. We encourage libraries of all sizes to determine their digital future and determine which of Endeavor's digital solutions best meet their needs."

About the University of Kansas

The KU Libraries serves the University of Kansas (www.ku.edu), a comprehensive educational and research institution founded in 1866, with 27,800 students and more than 2,000 faculty members, and includes 3.7 million volumes and 27,000 current serial titles housed in seven library facilities on the Lawrence and Overland Park campuses. At the Medical Center in Kansas City, the Archie R. Dykes Library for Health Sciences is a major resource for health professionals. KU is a leader in the area of scholarly communications through its involvement in projects such as BioOne (founding partner).

About Endeavor Information Systems

Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 950 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager integrated library system and 25 libraries have selected ENCompass. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass Solutions, LinkFinderPlus, or careers at Endeavor.


Summary: Endeavor Information Systems announced the University of Kansas has selected the ENCompass system for managing, organizing and linking collections. The 25th institution to select ENCompass, KU is also the sixth ARL library to choose Endeavor''s digital system. KU elected ENCompass to be a "virtual library" for effective, efficient access to existing networked academic materials licensed by, created by and used by the university community.
Publication Year:2002
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:June 15, 2002
Publisher:Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Place of Publication:Des Plains, IL
Company:
Company: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Products: ENCompass
Libraries: University of Kansas
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Online access:http://www.endinfosys.com/news/kansasfinal.htm
Permalink: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/9849/university-of-kansas-chooses-encompass

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