Des Plaines, IL, November 11, 1998: Endeavor Information Systems Inc. announced the official launch of Voyager at Northwestern University. Endeavor's Voyager library automation system replaces NOTIS which has been in use at the University since January 1970.
A gala celebration followed a formal dedication ceremony where Henry Bienen, President of Northwestern University said, "Although there may be much change in libraries one factor is constant the library remains at the core of every great university. The library continues to transform, reinventing itself and Voyager will help meet the needs of an ever-changing, dynamic university."
Designed to enhance library service in the 21st century at Northwestern, Voyager will improve and expand services to users while allowing the library staff to function more effectively and efficiently. "Voyager was chosen to replace the library's current system largely because of its flexibility and interconnectivity." States David F. Bishop, University Librarian at Northwestern's Charles Deering McCormick Library. "Its modular design means computing loads can be balanced across several servers and the system can be easily expanded."
Recently named among the country's top 10 universities in a survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Northwestern's combined collections total more than 3.7 million volumes serving nearly 17,000 students. "We're very honored to have been selected by Northwestern as the successor to NOTIS. Not only has Northwestern made a firm commitment to continue providing premium library services with Voyager, they implemented the system in just nine months. That's a phenomenal accomplishment for a library of this size and complexity. "stated Jane Burke, President and CEO of Endeavor Information Systems.