Des Plaines, IL, November 14, 2006 -- Endeavor Information Systems (www.endinfosys.com), one of the leading worldwide providers of library management software, today announced that Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University has selected Voyager, the company's flagship integrated library systems (ILS), to improve efficiency in library automation, resource sharing and patron access.
The adoption of Voyager at RMIT University was driven by the institution's need for a comprehensive library automation system supporting integration between six branches of the campus library network and interoperability with other university systems and external organizations such as the National Library of Australia.
"Voyager was selected on the basis of system functionality, combined with Endeavor's strong local and international market presence and the focus the organization brings to bear on the global library market," said Craig Anderson, director of the University Library at RMIT. "A number of system-wide improvements will flow from this implementation and we're confident that our association with Endeavor will enable us to increase student satisfaction and streamline internal processes."
Approximately 160 members of RMIT's library staff will ultimately use a wide range of Endeavor solutions. In addition to Voyager, the university also plans to implement Meridian, the company's electronic resource management (ERM) system; Curator, Endeavor's resource management solution for searching, creating and managing digital collections; and the company's analysis and reporting module, Analyzer.
"This extensive adoption of Endeavor technology will assist everyone working within the RMIT University Library system," continued Anderson. "Our staff will benefit from the software's flexibility and ease of use, as well as improved technical services functionality and enhanced control over electronic resources."
Like most academic libraries, RMIT University Library is focused on dedicating resources aimed at addressing evolving patron needs. According to RMIT's Anderson, "Voyager will improve our responsiveness to student demands and enable faster, more streamlined ordering processes. Additionally, patrons will benefit from an improved catalogue interface and a more integrated approach to accessing research materials."
"The adoption of Endeavor software at RMIT University further extends the company's substantial footprint in Australia," said Jeroen Reiniers, Endeavor's director of Sales - Asia Pacific. "We look forward to working in partnership with RMIT and helping this prestigious institution meet and exceed the expectations of its students by providing them with enhanced and efficient access to both physical and digital collections."
Endeavor software is currently used at a number of Australian institutions, including the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Queensland, the State Library of Victoria, the Australian Defense Force Academy, Flinders University, Macquarie University, Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.
Additionally, the University of Western Sydney employs Endeavor technology to manage The Whitlam Institute's Prime Ministerial Collection, which provides a comprehensive online resource containing the papers, diaries and photographs of the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC, who served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975.
About RMIT University
RMIT University was founded in Melbourne in 1887. Today, more than 57,000 students study at RMIT campuses in Melbourne, Vietnam, online, by distance education and at 100 partner institutions throughout the world. A vibrant alumni community now stretches across more than 100 countries.
An innovative, global university, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high-quality research which is engaged with the needs of industry and community. More than 200 higher education and vocational education programs are offered across a broad range of fields. Many specialist programs are regarded as among the best of their type in Australia.
RMIT University began as the Working Men's College and has since grown to become one of the largest academic institutions in Australia.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems 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.
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