Chicago, Ill -- July 23, 1995-- Kansas State University Library has selected Voyager 3.0, the client/server library management system developed by Endeavor Information Systems Inc. The decision, announced by KSU Dean of Libraries Brice G. Hobrock, was made after a competitive bidding process.
Hobrock, whose automation experience spans 20 years, cited Endeavor's focus on academic libraries as the "crucial factor" in the decision, and added that Voyager's system architecture complements University-wide computing initiatives underway at KSU. "The University is moving toward client/server systems, and the library is the first unit on campus to make the change".
Associate Dean of Libraries Karen Cole said that staff members preferred Voyager to the other system that was considered: "Staff especially liked the functionalities of the Acquisitions/Serials module and the intuitiveness of the Windows-based interface." Cole added, "We're excited and energized. We're out on the front now."
Conversion of NOTIS data is already underway. The system is scheduled to be in operation in September.
Jane Burke, Endeavor's chief executive officer, said "We're thrilled to be selected by Kansas State. It is a main academic library, and with the new building addition it will be in a true leadership position in all areas." Hobrock said: "We felt the time was right. The automation marketplace is stuttering right now, and we feel that Endeavor can create the best system over the next three years. We also knew our decision could help Endeavor succeed."
The KSU libraries include significant holdings in cookery, local history, historical costume and such important historical figures as Abraham Lincoln and Robert Graves. In addition to the collection in the Farrell Library, there are four departmental libraries. Farrell Library is currently being extensively remodeled and expanded. The libraries have a collection of some 1.3 million volumes currently accessed through a NOTIS LMS mainframe-based system, and expertise in records conversion was a significant factor in the Voyager selection. The new Voyager system will utilize the library's Novell network and 386 and 486 workstations. Cole feels that Endeavor's staff have the greatest expertise in converting records. Hobrock added that Voyager was not "the least expensive product but it is the right product."
Endeavor Information Systems Inc. Is a new, employee-owned company that provides state-of-the-art library systems to academic and research libraries.