DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Feb. 26, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems today announced the ongoing work of an Endeavor customer task force, set to examine the issues in today's changing library. This most recent task force, Endeavor's Global Data Change Task Force, examines the needs of libraries to manipulate data in MARC records to better adapt to a changing library environment. Through this Task Force, Endeavor will be able to provide even more workflow flexibility for libraries using the Voyager integrated library management system.
“Library collections were once relatively static—items were continually added, but there was not a large influence of other changes. Today we're seeing major shifts in collections that require the ability for mass updates to a segment of MARC records,” explained Shelley Hostetler, Voyager Product Manager for Endeavor. “For example, since print journal collections are being replaced by electronic backfiles, the print copies are moving from the library shelves to remote storage. In other libraries there are different situations—items that were once found on the third floor are now located on the fourth floor, plus adherence to the MARC 21 standard requires changes to existing data elements. All in all, the need for global data changes is increasing.”
“While Voyager has many of these capabilities, we recognize the need to further empower librarians with the ability to easily and quickly update batches of MARC records at convenient points in the processing cycle,” Hostetler continued. “With the Global Data Change Task Force, Endeavor will partner with those in the trenches to examine the current challenges and anticipate future needs. The result will be flexible features in the Voyager ILS to allow library staff, whether in acquisitions, serials, cataloging or other areas, to react immediately to the variety of demands presented. Voyager's architecture, including the design behind Voyager's Oracle™-based database, puts Endeavor in a strong position to demonstrate best practices in this area. Libraries will benefit from flexible workflows, many points of access, and a collection that reflects the changing face of the library.”
Endeavor and the Global Data Change Task Force are working together to identify current workflows in the import and export of bibliographic, holdings, item and authority records in a Voyager database, as well as best address the advantages of Endeavor's technology to support these necessary mass changes. The improved efficiencies in the Voyager system will result in better workflows for library technical staff using a safe and secure methodology.
The Global Data Change Task Force members represent diverse institutions, including members from four countries. The members each bring unique expertise in knowledge of the MARC standard and cataloging best practices. Some members also bring experience in building local technical solutions above and beyond the Voyager offerings, professionals who take advantage of the open architecture of Voyager to create technical solutions for their institution's specific needs.
The members represent these institutions:
- Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
- Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
- Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
- The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas
- University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
“Endeavor values the guidance from globally-focused customer task forces to ensure the Voyager system continually meets the diverse and changing needs of academic and research libraries,” said Marianne Parkhill, Endeavor Vice-President of Marketing. “Development of the Voyager system has traditionally been extremely customer-focused through the inclusion of input from customer task forces, and Endeavor continues to look to the experts—the librarians in the field—for predictors of the next generation of library technology.”
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.