DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Mar. 17, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and the University of Edinburgh Libraries partnered to select the ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking digital collections. Both libraries are current users of Endeavor's Voyager integrated library management system. The two libraries aim to take advantage of the capabilities of ENCompass for federated searching of all materials including electronic journals, digital collections and the library's OPAC. Both are also pleased to share talent and collaborative ideas locally, as both are located in Edinburgh.
"We wanted a system that would manage an increasing number of digital resources and provide integrated access regardless of where items are located," said Fred Guy, Director of Information and Communications Technology for the National Library of Scotland. "Digital resource discovery is a most important aspect of the Library's provision of services for learners and researchers."
"ENCompass was much more fully functional in development of digital presence, rights management and presentation," said Guy about the Library's thorough search for an appropriate digital system. The NLS has been digitizing material for some time using both its own resources and external funding and ENCompass will provide unified access to those collections. "Digitising materials is clearly the way to make these items available to everyone in the world that is interested in them and ENCompass is the key for that access," Guy said.
"We are certainly very keen to provide federated resource access as soon as possible," said Sheila Cannell, Acting Librarian for the University of Edinburgh Libraries. "We think our users need to be able to have merged access to e-journals. It's difficult for academics and learners to know what is available and to know what the resources mean." Cannell explained that often users do not realize the library is the funding source for electronic journals; the University of Edinburgh library hopes providing a framework for federated access through ENCompass could help brand access to e-journals to the community so that they recognize who is paying for the access.
ENCompass is also key for digital collection management at the University of Edinburgh library, ensuring valuable historical collections are accessible over time. Like the NLS, the University is digitising some of its own resources. A 2002 fire in the library destroyed the University's Artificial Intelligence collection, a 40-year archive of the study. While the library is rebuilding the collection through donations, the main response is to re-create much of the knowledge, particularly that created in the University of Edinburgh such as research reports and theses digitally.
"ENCompass is truly a multi-functional system for many libraries such as the University of Edinburgh and the National Library of Scotland. The Libraries can achieve their strategic goals by taking advantage of the electronic resource access capabilities, digital collection management functionality and the link resolution," said Sara Randall, Endeavor Manager of Digital Library Product Management.
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.