WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, July 24, 1998: National Library of New Zealand Chief Executive, Christopher Blake, met this week with one of the key contract partners in a $10 million project to supply New Zealand libraries with the national bibliographic system which supports their services to the public, educators, students and researchers across New Zealand.
Jane Burke, president of US company Endeavor Information Systems, arrived in New Zealand just ahead of the first installation at the National Library of their `Voyager' software. For the next few months this software will be the focus of the work of the Library's in-house project team, and the new system will go live externally by July 1999, using the next release of Endeavor's Voyager product.
The Endeavor tool will work in conjunction with another product, VDX, which is supplied by UK-based Fretwell-Downing Informatics. The current version of the Fretwell software has been installed for the use of the project team, and will provide the functionality required for the interloaning of books and other resources, between New Zealand libraries that are linked to the system.
Jane Burke said Endeavor was excited to further their Pacific developments with such a major institution as the National Library. "The National Library of New Zealand is a special client for us because of some of the special challenges this project offers us," she said.
"The role of the National Library in providing data and services to all libraries in the country is one that we are pleased to be able to support with new technology. As more library materials become electronic, the National Library will play an increasingly strategic role, and we are delighted to be part of that effort."
Library chief executive, Christopher Blake said the project was significant for the organization, both from a technological and client point of view. "We're talking about nearly every library in New Zealand and the management of over 10 million database records," he said.
The Library recently signed the final contracts to seal the delivery of the new computer technology with three companies: Endeavor Information Systems for the Voyager software, Fretwell-Downing Informatics for the VDX software and Sun Microsystems for the system hardware.