DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, USA Mar. 29, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Library has chosen the Voyager integrated library management system. The Academy prepares leaders for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force. The Academy Library serves over 2,000 staff and students, most of whom are members of The University of New South Wales studying for degrees from Australia's top university at the same time as completing their military training or serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Voyager's relevance ranking from keyword searches, ability to complete complex searches, access to over 160 reports, bibliographic hotlink capability, sophisticated EDI methods and ability to deliver complete access from a single workstation were deciding factors in the Academy Library's choice to sign with Endeavor.
"Voyager was the only system based on new technology. All of the other systems demonstrated to us were based on 1980's technology modified with enhancements. Voyager is a more integrated system that will allow us to apply EDI, Web and Z39.50 technology," explained Tony Ralli, Academy Librarian for the ADFA Library. "Among our users, they simply found Voyager the better system with more intuitive searches."
"We also look to use Endeavor's Citation Server to deliver a one stop shop for searching our CD databases and Z39.50 access to databases. We see ourselves as a hybrid library providing one point within the integrated library for customers to retrieve everything we have to offer them, where everything should be available," Ralli explained. "However, we also have to be careful to whom we allow access—a big plus to the Voyager system is that we can segment the user community at the initial Voyager log on. The ability to filter and authorize access to specific patron groups is critical when we eventually also provide access to defence information from our system."
"ADFA's mission emphasizes excellence in leadership, teaching and research. Endeavor is proud to contribute the capabilities of both Voyager and Citation Server to assist them in providing access to information regardless of form or content," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO.
Located in Canberra, the nation's capital, the Academy Library provides and promotes quality client-focused access to information in support of the teaching, learning, research, training and administrative needs of the Australian Defence Force Academy. Established in 1986, the Academy is the center for tertiary education for the ADF.
The Academy Library has major national collections in the areas of international defence and strategic studies and in military history. The Library also holds significant special collections focusing on Australasian military history and Australian literature, including more than 300 Australian literary manuscript collections and thousands of Australiana rare books, making the Academy Library a significant repository for Australia's documentary heritage.
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, 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 www.endinfosys.com.