DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Dec. 17, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems announced today libraries around the globe are actively implementing ENCompass 3.0, the most recent release of the company's widely accepted digital system. These academic and research libraries are using the fourth available release of Endeavor's digital management, organization and linking system, a product initially released in March 2001. ENCompass 3.0 includes advances in patron usability, e-resource management, digital collection usage, rights management and local API customization.
The ENCompass search interface helps the library ensure utilization of their collections by organizing electronic and digital resources into logical categories that help the user search appropriate materials. ENCompass 3.0 includes a redesigned end-user search interface for overall improved navigation. The new interface includes personalization features such as personal collections of retained search histories and resources popularly used by an individual user. Personalization in ENCompass 3.0 also includes email alerts to notify users of new citations that match a saved search criteria.
ENCompass allows the user to simultaneously search the largest number of relevant resources through different search protocols: Z39.50, XML and HTTP. This latest release of ENCompass features additional XML gateways for structured search and retrieval of qualified information. Endeavor is committed to adding new XML gateways as they become available and demonstrates this in ENCompass 3.0 with a new XML gateway to Scirus, a free scientific search engine developed by Elsevier Science that searches more than 69 million science related Web pages plus millions of proprietary abstracts, citations and full-text articles.
Endeavor recognizes the emerging standards in the digital collection arena and demonstrates this with support for the Open Archive Initiatives for digital object management and harvesting of metadata from local ENCompass repositories in ENCompass 3.0. The Digital Collections aspect of ENCompass gives libraries a consistent mechanism to establish and search digital and print collections to maximize the library's investment in local digital content.
All libraries need rights management to ensure compliance with publisher agreements and copyright adherence. ENCompass 3.0 restricts records based on patron authorization. ENCompass 3.0 allows libraries to better control access to licensed resources from within ENCompass and restrict patron groups from particular resources. ENCompass is able to validate patrons with any NCIP-compliant ILS patron authentication system, LDAP patron authentication or the campus local authentication system.
"ENCompass provides the foundation needed to achieve the vision of providing seamless access to the full range of scholarly information. We are proud of the success of ENCompass in libraries around the globe and are happy to advance the development of ENCompass with this new release" said Verne Coppi, Endeavor Vice-President of Development. "The open design of the ENCompass system ensures benefits are quickly realized in any academic or research library, regardless of their library system vendor. Whether the library is using a Voyager system or another vendor's ILS, the adaptable ENCompass system is an essential tool for forward-thinking libraries who realize the importance of a digital system for their immediate needs and for their future endurance in research."
ENCompass is a complete solution for integrated end user searching across multiple data types and databases. ENCompass provides the tools to maximize the power of the library's collection, whether local or remote. With integrated simultaneous access to a variety of resources, the ability to organize library resources, and the ability to create and manage local digital assets, ENCompass provides federated search and discovery, linking, collection management, license and rights management and object management. Visit ENCompass.endinfosys.com for more information.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. 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, or LinkFinderPlus.