DES PLAINES, IL and NEW YORK, NY. April 7, 2000. Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated and Elsevier Science Inc. announced today that they have formed an alliance that uniquely positions both companies to broaden the delivery of electronic content throughout the academic and research library marketplace.
The union of Elsevier Science and Endeavor capabilities will elevate the digital library to a new level by integrating bibliographic and full-text material including library holdings, library journal collections, reference books and other full-text content. Endeavor's Voyager library management system will serve as a platform for uniting library collections with the scientific content in Elsevier Science's primary and secondary publications and databases.
"Integration of electronic information, such as full text of electronic journals, has become an increasingly important part of our customers' mission," explains Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "The Endeavor/Elsevier alliance will allow both companies to broaden the scope of this vital service."
John Regazzi, President, Elsevier Science Inc., adds, "There is a strong complement of organizational expertise. Endeavor has emerged very quickly as a market leader in the areas of local and networked library management systems and software development. Elsevier has a strong presence in the international academic and corporate markets and a long track record in content development and electronic publishing innovation. We believe this combination will provide new and unique value to libraries."
Strong compatibility between the two companies' technology platforms and product development efforts promises rapid rollout of integrated services. Seamless integration of the ScienceDirect Web editions program is envisioned as an early application. SD Web editions provide full-text electronic access to the desktops of users at institutions that subscribe to Elsevier Science print journals. Endeavor's Voyager software will provide seamless navigation between the library system and SD Web editions titles.
Endeavor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier Science, and all current management will remain in place. Burke states, "This transaction will not detract from our corporate focus. Endeavor will continue to deliver the high quality products and services to academic and research libraries that have made us a leader in the market. We view this alliance as a means to provide an even greater level of integration for electronic resources. We are excited about this initiative and the new services it will offer the library community."
Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated, based in Des Plaines, IL, is an information technology company formed in September 1994 and currently employs 131 people. Over 650 academic and research libraries of every size worldwide have chosen Voyager, Endeavor's high performance library system.
Elsevier Science is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with a staff of 2,500 worldwide. The company is the world's largest scientific, technical and medical information provider and publishes over 1,100 journals as well as books and secondary databases. It is a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group, a world leading publisher and information provider. ScienceDirect, a unit of Elsevier Science, is the world's most comprehensive full-text scientific database, offering electronic access to journals from Elsevier Science and other leading scientific publishers as well as an expanding suite of secondary databases.
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Director International Library Communications
Endeavor Information Systems