DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, USA Feb. 9, 2000 - Endeavor Information Systems announced today the Linnea National Library Network of Finland has chosen the Voyager integrated library system for 22 academic libraries, including the National Library of Finland. The Finnish libraries are essential in the country, where over half the population borrows a library book each week.
The Linnea Network includes all Finnish university libraries, the Library of Parliament, the National Repository Library, and six union catalog and national bibliographic databases hosted by the Helsinki University Library, which is the National Library of Finland. These databases include the union catalog database for all Finnish academic libraries, a database of bibliographic records for all regional public libraries, the national database for articles, the union catalog database for music materials, the database for all new entries in the Swedish national bibliography, and the Finnish national bibliography database. The Voyager agreement involves over 16 million volumes and about 1,000 staff.
Endeavor will partner with the Linnea Network to develop several new features for the Voyager system. Z39.50 capabilities will be expanded, with future Z39.50 support for both FINMARC and MARC21 in the same simultaneous search. Endeavor will also partner with the Linnea Network on support for FINMARC, the Finnish version of MARC, including:
- internal support for 245/248 linking fields
- support for ISBD punctuation
- conversion of other elements during record transfer.
Voyager's parallel search capability will enable Linnea library users to easily search a wide variety of sources in Finland and abroad, including the local catalogs, local networks, remote databases, national and union catalogs, and Internet resources from a single workstation. Endeavor's Citation Server will be implemented to integrate Linnea's growing collection of digital resources in the national citation databases. Voyager replaces VTLS in the Linnea libraries. All of the Linnea libraries will come up on the Voyager 2000 release by early 2001.
"The Voyager system fulfills the goal of the Linnea libraries, which was to find the most economic and functionally suitable system for the local databases and union catalog databases," explained Annu Jauhiainen, Project Manager, Helsinki University Library. "We wanted a system that not only quickly adapts to changing technology, but also is flexible and less demanding on our staff than our current system. We have found this with Voyager."
"We are pleased that Voyager is the automation solution for the Linnea National Library Network. Linnea asked for a next generation library system that is functionally complete, yet responsive to new requirements," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "We are delighted that our first entire country of libraries is Finland, where the libraries have a rich history of tradition and academic excellence."
The Linnea Network convened in 1997 to select a next generation library system for the local databases and union catalog databases of all Finnish university libraries, the Library of Parliament and the National Repository Library. The Linnea Network can be accessed at http://hul.helsinki.fi/tilke/finnlib.html#1
Click here for a Map of Voyager-Linnea Libraries.
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, visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com