DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 2, 2000: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Patrick Henry College of Purcellville, VA is installing the Voyager integrated library management system. Newly founded for Fall 2000 classes, Patrick Henry College is the first college in the United States targeted toward home schooled students.
The library, currently under construction, will open with 15,000 volumes and a large selection of electronic databases to serve the inaugural student base. The College expects 100 students when the semester opens in October, with double that number expected the following year.
Patrick Henry College is geared for students who were previously educated in the home, and uniquely implements a classic liberal arts structure curriculum base including studies of the Bible, great literature, debate, Latin, western civilization and history. Upperclass students complete an intense apprenticeship in Washington, D.C., getting a real-life application of their studies. Participants in the apprenticeship program complete actual research on topics being discussed on Capitol Hill, experiencing Washington's policy-making arena by working with Congressional staff, think tanks or policy study centers.
"We were looking for a library system that would be a total information resource system--a flexible, interactive research tool that is as easy for students and professors to use as it is for the library staff," commented George "Tad" Mindeman, Director of Library Services at Patrick Henry. "We wanted a campus wide-resource instead of just a library tool. Our students will use these resources outside the classroom in their apprenticeship projects and Voyager gives them more functionality."
"Our country was founded under the apprenticeship model, we believe very strongly in that," explained Bill Bloom, Patrick Henry's Director of Technology Services. Bloom explained the new campus is entirely wired: the on-campus apprenticeship work areas have phone and network plug-ins, as do the college's dorm rooms, so students have access to the library's catalog and electronic resources from anywhere on campus at any time.
"Voyager and the client/server model are much more positioned in this industry for where the technology is leading," Bloom commented. "The Web interface has been developed well for students to feel comfortable."
Mindeman also found Voyager's Z39.50 capability would be beneficial for the long run. "We have the capability of connecting to other schools in the area or likeminded schools across the country that share our values—Voyager is a way to open up the gateway to what's out there. We want to stress to students they have access to adequate resources."
"This is the chance of a lifetime to be able to do something from ground zero," Mindeman said about creating a new library. "It reflects your strengths as a person and how you want your library to look for the 21st century."
"We are happy to see Voyager in an entirely new library at a brand new college, demonstrating Voyager's ease of set up for established as well as new collections" commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Patrick Henry is definitely forward thinking in choosing Voyager for remote access to all information, instrumental for apprenticeship students."
Patrick Henry College is accessible online at www.phc.edu for more information.
Endeavor Information Systems, is based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September 1994. Over 740 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.