DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, April 29, 2005 -- Endeavor Information Systems, the leading provider of library management software, today announced that its new electronic resource management system, Endeavor Meridian, is now in full-scale field tests at two of its development partners, one in the eastern U.S. and one in the United Kingdom.
Endeavor Meridian, a single, cost-effective database for information about a library's electronic collections, reduces the staff effort traditionally required to manage, deliver and analyze e-content while providing improved service to patrons. General release is anticipated in June 2005.
Current work is intended to provide real-time field test evidence that Endeavor Meridian's single data repository:
- Supports complex relationships between electronic resources, the packages through which they are often acquired and the licenses that govern their use.
- Places at the user's fingertips all the information necessary for administering and delivering a library's complete electronic resources, from initial trial evaluations through selection, license negotiation and access management.
- Dynamically integrates with Endeavor's Voyager ILS to present bibliographic, holdings and acquisitions data often critical to e-resource management.
- Helps libraries gain greater control of electronic resources, added staff productivity and time efficiency and better support for wide-ranging patron activities.
Early versions of the software were delivered to the partner libraries by Endeavor in late 2004 for initial review and comment.
“Testing Meridian throughout the development cycle helped to ensure that the functionality fully supported e-resource management tasks,” says Kathryn Harnish, Meridian product manager at Endeavor.
Current testing began at the partner libraries following implementation of the system with the help of sophisticated import programs developed by Endeavor. The implementation involved loading data from a wide range of disparate sources including Voyager and other ILS systems, link resolvers, publication access management services and local databases.
Field test will continue through June at the two sites, Harnish reports. Throughout this period, the partner libraries will work with Endeavor to establish regular, automated maintenance procedures.
“Library staff members talk frequently about the chaos they encounter when trying to cope with a wide range of electronic resources,” she notes.
“We designed Meridian to bring order to that chaos. In extensive discussions with librarians from around the world, our team learned about complex issues related to managing electronic content. Endeavor then worked with our development partners to create software that eliminates the chaos and provides total control over all aspects of e-resource management.”
Harnish concludes: “We believe Endeavor Meridian, enhanced by the integration of Cognos ReportNet and user-centered interface design principles, will soon begin providing libraries with all the tools they need to make the best use of their growing electronic collections.”
About Endeavor Meridian
Endeavor Meridian is an enterprise-level system providing a single repository for data pertaining to the electronic resources in a library, thus reducing staff effort in managing, delivering and analyzing electronic collections while improving service to patrons. Meridian dynamically integrates with Voyager and Cognos ReportNet to create a unified solution that is cost-effective and practical for any research library with active, growing electronic resource collections.
Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Endeavor Meridian, Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.