DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 24, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems announced today an exclusive development partnership with the Z. Smith Reynolds Library of Wake Forest University (WFU), Winston-Salem, NC, to develop a Linux version of the ENCompass digital system for managing, searching and linking collections. Moving to this new platform aligns with Wake Forest's campus information technology structure and ensures campuses adopting Linux will be able to implement Endeavor's ENCompass.
The exclusive development partnership with Endeavor affirms the technological leadership and accomplishment already seen at the Library. "We have maintained a leadership position in information technology as a university. Now the library will be able to leverage our digital resources more fully," said Rhoda K. Channing, Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
"We'd like to incorporate the things that we are digitizing at great cost. Currently, it is awkward to access many resources because of the lack of integration between the resource and the search engine our users use. We look to ENCompass to give us better, easier access to the catalog and to digital resources," said Channing. ENCompass will also tightly integrate with the Blackboard learning management system, which is heavily used across the campus. Providing single-search access to numerous library-qualified resources will be instrumental. "In some ways, we know we're in competition with Google™," Channing said. "We want to come up with a product that rivals Google in ease of use, but far surpasses it in quality."
With much planning for the Library's digital projects underway, Channing explained the Library will assess the best practices for an institution of their size and determine any staff or project realignment that can help the library move forward with digital goals. Reassessing how the Library can best provide access to researchers is the key; "We feel we have to look at the way students act, not at the way we wish they would," Channing said. "Endeavor has partnered with Wake Forest's library professionals on several library projects throughout our five year relationship. We are very proud to continue this partnership to develop a strong ENCompass system for Linux," said Verne Coppi, Endeavor Vice President of Development. "Linux is winning over supporters worldwide with its stability, security, scalability and power. At Endeavor we feel strongly that Linux offers a good alternative to libraries in aligning their goals of providing high quality services to their patrons with the technology goals of the information technology groups on their campuses."
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.