DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, June 23, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems today publicly named three academic libraries currently advising the company on the development of an electronic resource management system.
Columbia University Libraries, New York, NY; the University of Pittsburgh University Library System, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ are the development partners for Endeavor's electronic resource management system.
Representatives from these libraries will provide insight regarding current issues and paradigms involved in the day-to-day activities associated with electronic resources. Additionally, the development partners will provide feedback about the continuing development of Endeavor's electronic resource management system, ensuring the system addresses the complex relationships and workflows related to e-resources, licenses and more.
The input of these three libraries will supplement the established research and library customer feedback Endeavor has collected in the past six months regarding academic and research library needs for an electronic resource management system.
Further details regarding Endeavor's electronic resource management system will be announced at the company's tenth semi-annual Digital Breakfast event at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Saturday, June 26 in Orlando, FL. Additionally, product overview sessions for Endeavor's electronic resource management system will be held throughout the event at Endeavor's ALA Conference exhibit booth, number 2788.
Partners in Success
"The software to manage electronic resources will allow us to collocate all of the data integral to acquiring, organizing and managing our growing collection of electronic resources. Control of electronic resources is a critical foundation for enhancing services to our patrons. Columbia looks forward to working with Endeavor, Pittsburgh and Princeton on the development of this important software," said Joyce McDonough, Director of Technical Support and Acquisitions at the Columbia University Libraries.
A Vital User-Focused Tool
Endeavor's well-researched and carefully developed electronic resource management system is currently in progress. Designed in view of the Digital Library Federation's Electronic Resource Management Initiative requirements and with library partner input, Endeavor's new solution will assist libraries in managing one of the largest expenditure areas of the library materials budget, e- resources. From evaluation to purchase, from access delivery to renewal, Endeavor's system will maintain all of the information that a library would need to manage its e-resources in accordance with license terms.
“As e-resources become increasingly important to libraries, so too does the need for cost-effective, integrated solutions for managing them,” said Kathryn Harnish, Endeavor Product Manager for Electronic Resource Management Systems. “By working with these three knowledgeable development partners, Endeavor will receive expert advice in determining functional priorities and testing possible solutions. With Endeavor's electronic resource management system, we aim to fill the gap between libraries' evolving needs for e-resource management and the capabilities of traditional, print-oriented acquisitions systems.”
“The use of electronic resources has skyrocketed over the past few years, but as those information sources have proliferated, the management of the content and the licensing information is becoming a problem that is insurmountable,” said Sara Randall, Endeavor Director of Product Strategy. “The organization of e-resources is a concern for all libraries, regardless of size or focus. Endeavor aims to work with our development partners to create software solutions to help librarians provide the efficient and comprehensive services that users demand.”
About Columbia University Libraries
Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 8.2 million volumes, over 57,700 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employees more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors.
About the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh
The University Library System (ULS) of the University of Pittsburgh is represented by 13 libraries located on the Pittsburgh campus, a Library Resource Facility in the city's Point Breeze neighborhood housing the Archives Service Center and Digital Research Library, and the libraries of the Greensburg, Johnstown, Titusville, and Bradford campuses. The ULS libraries and collections provide a wealth of information and services to the faculty, students, staff, administrators, and researchers of the University. The System's collections total more than 4.4 million volumes and more than 35,000 periodical subscriptions. The collection of electronic resources is growing rapidly and now includes thousands of databases, over 5,500 electronic journal titles, and over 145,000 electronic books.
About the Princeton University Library
The Princeton University Library general collection includes 6 million printed volumes that meet the diverse needs of its academic community. Its holdings range from ancient papyrus and incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and journals. The Library employs more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. The Library system includes a large central library and 15 specialized libraries. More information may be found at the Library's Web site: libweb.princeton.edu.
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.