DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 24, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems announced today eight libraries of the 17-member Keystone Library Network of Pennsylvania (KLN) selected the ENCompass for Resource Access system for providing instant access to e-resources and expanded search capabilities and the LinkFinderPlus comprehensive linking system. The Endeavor systems will be part of a larger KLN initiative called "Students Searching for Success."
Selecting ENCompass and LinkFinderPlus are Cheney University, Bloomsburg University, Indiana University, Kutztown University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock University and West Chester University. Endeavor customers since the 1998 selection of the Voyager integrated library management system, the libraries on each campus provide resource support for academic programs with a total 5.9 million volumes and over 17 million periodicals, microforms, and audio materials. The State System continues as the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth with 101,546 students enrolled - more than 90 percent of them Pennsylvania residents.
"As a network the creativity of library faculty is used to reach each student," said Mary Lou Sowden, Keystone Library Network Coordinator "With the flexibility of these software products, we will build a discovery interface that will result in successful student searches."
"ENCompass for Resource Access and LinkFinderPlus are powerful tools for libraries who recognize the need to leverage their library database investments and provide maximum usage of the library's electronic journal subscriptions," said Mark Wilson, Endeavor Director of Technical Resources. "Libraries like the Keystone Library Network will find great benefits to using Endeavor's system for distance learning, remote access or on-campus searching of the library's complete collections."
About the Keystone Library Network/State System of Higher Education
The State System of Higher Education, Board of Governors with the mission to establish and maintain a library consortium, established the Keystone Library Network in July 1998; which provides access to library holdings, databases, and electronic resources.
The State System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses, several regional centers, and the McKeever Environmental Learning Center. The universities are located in rural, suburban, and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania: Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. The four branch campuses are in Oil City (Clarion), Kittanning and Punxsutawney (Indiana), and Clearfield (Lock Haven). The Office of the Chancellor is located in the capital city of Harrisburg at the Dixon University Center. Also located at the Center is the Educational Resources Group, which offers academic programs through a consortium of the universities and has a site in Pittsburgh, the University Center of Southwest Pennsylvania. The State System of Higher Education is 17th largest employer in the state.
Recently three libraries joined the Keystone Library Network. They are Geneva College, Beaver Falls; Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster and the State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
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.