DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Feb. 5, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the appointment of Sara Randall as Director of Strategic Products. In this newly created position, Randall will oversee the direction of Endeavor's current digital asset management systems and an emerging line of software systems aimed to continue to aid libraries and institutions to deliver access to information. Randall joined Endeavor in February 2001 as Manager of Digital Library Product Management.
Under Randall's direction are three existing Endeavor software systems. She manages ENCompass for Digital Collections, Endeavor's solution for managing and searching digital objects and the ENCompass Course Content Integrator, Endeavor's system for enabling course creators to easily integrate the libraries' quality resource into their institution's chosen course management system where today's instructors and students interact daily. Randall also oversees ENCompass for Journals OnSite, Endeavor's newly announced advanced system for managing, searching and browsing locally hosted journal collections.
Additionally, Randall guides Endeavor's new product initiatives in the areas of electronic resource management and e-learning.
Recently named co-chair of the Search-Retrieve Task Group of the NISO Metasearch Initiative, the leadership team that will further the development of standards related to searching electronic resources, Randall has an extensive career in academic and research libraries as well as the library software industry. Her library experience includes roles as Director of Library Systems for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the third largest academic library system in the United States; Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI); Head of Automated Systems at Loyola University of Chicago; and as a catalog librarian at Johns Hopkins University Medical Library.
In the library automation world, Randall held several progressive roles at NOTIS in the mid-90s, working with emerging technologies, including Z39.50 standards in the library automation industry, user interfaces and interlibrary loan standards. She was also a Network Coordinator and trainer for Amigos Library Services working with libraries of all kinds.
A well-known and respected presenter and contributor in the library community, Randall was the 2000 President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. She edited Up and Running: Implementing Z39.50 : Proceedings of a Symposium Sponsored by the State Library of Iowa .
Her experience with standards committees includes involvement with the Big 10 Universities' Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in their approval of the Bath Profile, work with the Z39.50 Implementation Group (ZIG) during development of version 3 of the standard and as a representative to the NISO Committee AV working on the NISO United States National Z39.50 profile for Library Applications. She holds both a Master of Library Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
“This is a very exciting time for libraries. With so many emerging technologies and higher education developments, this is the time to rapidly and dramatically increase the role of the library within the institution,” said Randall. “Endeavor has worked diligently to create a full set of product offerings that match the current needs of libraries and anticipate the upcoming changes on campuses. We will continue to work with libraries to define and deliver software that makes a difference for the library. With our strong financial backing, opportunities for research and development and participation with librarians in the development of standards, Endeavor holds a unique spot in the marketplace to enable us to truly deliver cutting-edge technologies.”
“Endeavor has a strategic vision to assist libraries and institutions in meeting their evolving information management needs,” said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO. “With Sara's leadership, talent, and deep background in the importance of libraries and the role of library software systems in libraries, Endeavor has a powerful leader to reach the goals that we have planned.”
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.