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Libraries in Scotland and Wales choose Voyager Endeavor hits the ground running in the United Kingdom

Press Release: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. [June 16, 1999]

Copyright (c) 1999 Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.

Abstract: The National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh selected Endeavor''s Voyager. A United Kingdom consortium—Cardiff University; University of Wales-Aberystwyth; University of Wales-Lampeter; University of Wales-Swansea and the Welsh College of Music & Drama—has also selected Voyager.

DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, June 16, 1999: Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated announced that The National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh have selected Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system. A United Kingdom consortium—Cardiff University; University of Wales-Aberystwyth; University of Wales-Lampeter; University of Wales-Swansea and the Welsh College of Music & Drama—has also selected Voyager. Endeavor recently opened an office in the United Kingdom that provides a sales presence, product support, training and implementation support to Endeavor's European customers and prospects.

National Library of Scotland and University of Edinburgh

Voyager replaces the VTLS system at the National Library of Scotland and two GEAC systems (ADVANCE and Libs100+) at the University of Edinburgh. Using a single hardware installation, the two institutions are acting in a cross-sectoral consortium. "With a history totaling over 700 years between the two libraries (National Library of Scotland, founded in 1689 and University of Edinburgh, founded in 1580), Endeavor takes great pride in having Voyager selected as the integrated library system by these distinguished institutions." commented Ken Chad, Endeavor's European Account Manager and head of Endeavor's office in the United Kingdom.

The National Library of Scotland holds 6.5 million printed and new media items and 100,000 volumes of manuscripts; it has 1.6 million maps; it receives some 18,000 periodical titles; and every week an average of 6,000 printed items alone are added to its stock. Ian McGowan, Librarian of the National Library of Scotland, said "The National Library of Scotland is delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to exploit the exciting opportunities provided by new technology to improve services to the Librarys' users and make its collections more accessible than ever before. The collaboration between NLS and UoE is only a first step towards a possible wider collaboration within Scotland." Fred Guy, Director of Information and Communications Technology at the National Library of Scotland stated, "It was crucial that the selected system was based upon modern system design principles and had the necessary flexibility to allow the National Library to discharge its responsibilities in terms of providing access to the large and varied holdings of the Library, hosting of separate databases for such purposes as bibliographic control of Scottish material and supplying records for the British National Bibliography. The evaluations, carried out by a wide range of NLS staff, showed very clearly that Voyager was the system which best met the requirements of the Library."

Edinburgh University Library holds over 2.5 million printed and new media items, 197,000 metres of manuscripts; 106,000 maps; it receives 9600 printed periodical titles and provides access to over 500 electronic journals. Serving a decentralized University of 21,000 students, it operates on 22 separate sites in the City of Edinburgh. Ian Mowat, Librarian to the University of Edinburgh said, "Edinburgh University Library has long wanted to work even more closely with the National Library of Scotland to provide the best possible services for the many researchers who use both libraries. The two research collections complement and enhance each other, and the adoption of Voyager by both give a unique framework within which to develop common resources for research in Scotland." Sheila Cannell, Senior Sub-Librarian at Edinburgh added, "Voyager will enable the University of Edinburgh to develop an integrative service which will bring together our print collections with Internet resources and digital images to benefit learning, teaching and research."

Consortium in the United Kingdom

Five Welsh higher education institutions, all with existing LIBERTAS systems, have opted to purchase Voyager in a consortium deal. Breaking new ground in the United Kingdom, Richard Mellowes, Assistant Director, Information Services, Cardiff University stated, "In the UK it's unusual for five institutions to form a consortium to choose a new library system. This is a first for Wales. Voyager was the unanimous choice of all five consortium members, who were impressed by its architecture, responsiveness and flexibility." Over 3.5 million volumes complete the collections of these five libraries. The collections will be accessible in both English and Welsh, the native language of Wales, through Voyager's online public access catalog (OPAC).

"Endeavor's ability to deliver real state-of-the-art technology combined with in-depth functionality make it stand out in a marketplace where other suppliers are offering rebadged versions of their old legacy systems. Our proven record with hundreds of installed systems has meant Voyager is the low risk, sensible choice for any major academic and research library in the UK." added Ken Chad.

Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September, 1994. Over 400 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system. For more information, come to our website at

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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 16, 1999
Publisher:Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Place of Publication:Des Plains, IL
Company: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.
Products: Voyager
Libraries: National Library of Scotland
University of Edinburgh
Subject: System announcements -- selection
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Record Number:3503
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00