DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, November 15, 1999 -- : Endeavor Information Systems announced today the University of Hawaii has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Voyager integrated library system. The University of Hawaii is the 25th Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member to choose Voyager since Endeavor's inception. With the University of Hawaii, Endeavor has captured 20 percent of the ARL marketplace.
ARL members must be major university libraries who display an effective and original use of technology. For membership, a library must make a demonstrated difference in North American research collections beyond the university collections. According to the ARL, member libraries must include "distinctive research-oriented collections and resources of national significance in a variety of media." Qualifying ARL collections must be over 1 million cataloged volumes. ARL members also include non-academic libraries with collections of national significance, such as the Library of Congress and the National Library of Medicine, both Voyager customers.
Endeavor's focus on academic and research libraries explains the connection between the value of Voyager's finely tuned scholarly emphasis and the number of ARL customers. Voyager is a scalable system, important in managing large ARL collections. "Voyager gives us the tools and enables us to support our faculty and students in a way we would like to," said University Librarian John Haak. "We see a company that dedicates itself to academic and research libraries and has the potential for helping us work in cooperation with other libraries. We look forward to providing guidance to help ensure Endeavor continues to provide us software that will help our libraries to evolve."
Haak explained the Chinese, Japanese and Korean capabilities under development are very important to the University of Hawaii libraries because of their extensive Asian collections. Also, Endeavor's ImageServer will assist the library in digitizing photos from the Hawaiian War Record Depository, documents from Pacific Trust Territories, and 19th and 20th century Hawaiian language newspapers for use in the state's language immersion project. Haak said ImageServer's electronic reserve capability supports the directions of all the campuses involved with the extensive distance learning program that spans the six Hawaiian Islands.
The University of Hawaii libraries serve a dozen libraries serving three university campuses and seven community colleges. Over 3 million volumes compose the primary research collection for the state and Pacific region. The University of Hawaii holds the most significant collection of Asian research materials in the Pacific. In addition to the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, the library holds special collections on environmental biology, tropical agriculture, and Hawaiian labor and ethnic relations.
"We are not only proud to be joining with a library of this size and prominence, but also very pleased to be naming the University of Hawaii our 25th ARL customer," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "To be honored with a 20 percent portion of the ARL members in just five years of our product's existence is a recognition that Voyager is the solid decision for libraries of this magnitude and importance."
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September, 1994. Over 600 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system. For more information, come to our website at http://www.endinfosys.com