Queen's University Libraries have signed a contract with Endeavor Information Systems to purchase its Voyager information management system. "This is an important milestone in achieving the Libraries' goal to maintain current high standards of service and productivity and to maximize the potential of developing digital library initiatives", explains Paul Wiens, University Librarian. "A broad and intensive search of the market has indicated that Voyager offers the flexibility and range of functions that will provide the Libraries with the best opportunity to integrate our traditional book collections with our expanding electronic resources. We are excited by the enhanced services, including a completely new web-based on-line catalogue, that we will be able to offer current and future library users."
This decision has been the culmination of an extensive consultative and investigative process involving staff at all levels, as well as library users. Thanks to the hard work and support of many people throughout the Library and the University, the Libraries will be acquiring and installing the necessary hardware and software with an implementation target of mid-December 2000.
Queen's University Libraries has been using the NOTIS library management system (LMS) since May 1988. In its heyday, NOTIS served the Libraries and its patrons well but, with the advent of the Web and a client-centered graphical computing environment, the limitations of this legacy system have become an insurmountable barrier to enabling information delivery to the scholar's desktop. Queen's University needs an integrated library system designed for the 21st century.
The Voyager system best matches the Libraries' requirements for a new, integrated system designed to meet current international standards and protocols, to take full advantage of today's opportunities for system interoperability, to keep pace with changing technologies, and to meet the changing needs of our academic and research library patrons.
Endeavor is a well-organized and substantial company with over 650 academic customers, a strong North American presence, a sizeable Association of Research Libraries (ARL) customer base, and extensive experience in converting NOTIS sites (including Canadian NOTIS sites). Queen's University Libraries is the 26th member of ARL to purchase the Voyager system. ARL consists of the 111 largest academic research libraries in North America. Voyager is marketed exclusively to academic libraries and all development efforts are directed toward the present and future needs of learning, teaching, and research in the academic environment.
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