DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 24, 2003: Purdue University Libraries (PUL), Endeavor Information Systems and WebCT today announced the development of integration between the ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking diverse collections and WebCT Vista, the industry's first academic enterprise system. The result of this integration will be that library resources can be accessed in a familiar and comfortable environment and it will be easy for faculty to provide quality library resources as part of their online course setting.
"We see how much students search the Internet and use Google," said Associate Dean Cheryl Kern-Simirenko, Purdue University Libraries. "We certainly have been desirous of giving students this same ease of access, but with academic content that we license for the users-information that is germane, important and expensive-the information that's lacking when users search the Internet."
PUL were also concerned with the implications of the recent TEACH Act. "We need to limit access for e-reserve content, and to only people in the particular course. Now a single login to a WebCT course will authenticate the user for e-reserve access," said Kern-Simirenko. This ensures that authorized people are accessing the content and strengthens Purdue's enforcement of the TEACH Act.
"Implementing ENCompass will be a major step forward in the Libraries' efforts to create seamless, user-friendly access for the Purdue community," said Emily R. Mobley, Dean of Libraries.
"Endeavor knows libraries are very interested in the one stop shopping provided by the integration of ENCompass and campus e-learning systems such as WebCT Vista," said Marianne Parkhill, Endeavor Director of Product Management. "The open architecture of ENCompass is ideal for the continuing integration with the technology tools many campuses are already using for their community-wide information needs."
"Having convenient, secure access to educational content is a key objective of many of our customers in higher education. The interface between WebCT Vista and ENCompass provides an important extension to the advanced content management capabilities of our academic enterprise system," said Karen Gage, Vice President of Marketing, WebCT. "With this latest innovation, Purdue continues to lead the way in providing an exceptional learning environment for its students and faculty."
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 Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.
WebCT has set the standard for e-learning systems in higher education. Based in Lynnfield, Mass., WebCT provides a highly flexible e-learning environment that empowers institutions across the educational spectrum with the ability to achieve their unique objectives. Thousands of colleges and universities around the world - from community colleges to large university consortia - have standardized on WebCT to expand the boundaries of teaching and learning. For more information, please visit www.webct.com.