Des Plaines, IL, October 5, 1997-- Kansas State University Library became the first university library in the world to successfully load EDI invoices for serials using UN/EDIFACT (the international standard for electronic data interchange). The library automation industry has long awaited EDIFACT for serials and a joint development initiative between HARRASSOWITZ, Subscription Agent and Bookseller from Wiesbaden, Germany, and Endeavor Information Systems Inc. of Des Plaines, Illinois, has made it reality.
Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO, is enthusiastic about EDI. "Libraries' workflows are changing," Burke states, "efficiency in processing is no longer an option. It is a necessity." All libraries using Endeavor's Voyager system will receive EDI capabilities as a part of the most recent release of the Voyager software. Because this enhancement is based on international standards for EDI transactions, libraries using the Voyager system can communicate with HARRASSOWITZ and all other agents who support UN/EDIFACT.
Mike Somers, Chair of the Technical Services Department at Kansas State University states, "I am not sure everyone using this feature will appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into its development--they will only consider the benefits and the improved efficiency to their work flows." Over the course of the next several months, HARRASSOWITZ and Endeavor will implement UN/EDIFACT electronic data interchange for all business transactions for both monographs and serials.
Staff members from both companies worked closely with EDItEUR, the Pan-European Book Sector EDI Group. This organization is responsible for the EDItEUR EDI Manual, a complete set of documentation for the subset of the EDIFACT protocol which EDItEUR has approved for the various library business transactions. The clarifications to the EDItEUR implementation guidelines resulting from the Endeavor/ HARRASSOWITZ partnership will facilitate easier implementation of EDIFACT transactions in the future, benefiting all libraries, agents, and library system vendors.
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September, 1994. Over 100 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system.