DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 8, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today that Sarah Lawrence College, the 2000 Time Magazine/ Princeton Review Liberal Arts College of the Year, is the 800th customer to install the Voyager integrated library management system. A nationally recognized leader in the integration of the arts in a liberal arts education, the main Sarah Lawrence College research library, its music and slide libraries and its archives will migrate from PALS to Voyager in spring of 2001.
"Sarah Lawrence College has a distinctive approach to education which requires students to do extensive research from their first year on, often with the depth of graduate level work" explained library director Sha Fagan. "In addition to our 250,000 carefully chosen volumes, students need to access electronic, full-text databases. The Voyager system will enable us to access these resources effectively," she explained.
"Because nearly every course at Sarah Lawrence includes independent study projects where students work one-on-one with their professors, we need the freedom to customize the system for individual faculty members and students," Fagan said. "For example, students can check out items for a whole semester, faculty for a whole year. We had to spend a lot of time finessing our old system and doing workarounds for this. With this system we are also planning to link class syllabi and related readings with on-line texts," she continued.
Voyager Saves Staff Time
"We had a good idea of what we wanted a system to do," explained David Nicholls, Project Manager for the Voyager implementation and Head of Technical Services for the Sarah Lawrence libraries. "Voyager was the most flexible system we could find, and it gives us the ability to search for anything, anywhere. The new Voyager acquisitions system, which saves a lot of time in paying bills, deals easily with exceptions and allows us to track materials purchased for specific classes, clinched our decision," he said.
Voyager's Web-based OPAC will also add advantages to linking faculty web pages and the College's main Web site, in addition to other research sources at the College. "We currently have remote database access contracted out to a proxy vendor. We can now bring that in to Voyager," Nicholls explained.
The Sarah Lawrence Library committee was additionally impressed by the functionality of Voyager compared to other systems. Also, Voyager's unified pricing structure was less expensive than the individual module approach of other systems.
About Sarah Lawrence College and the Libraries
The Esther Raushenbush Library is the main research library for the Sarah Lawrence campus. The William Schuman Music Library features books, scores, CDs and listening equipment supporting the music arts. The Slide Library's 80,000-piece slide collection features all major areas of Western art and architecture, with notable holdings in Asian art. The Sarah Lawrence College archives contains documents pertaining to campus life, faculty writings, graduate theses, an online photo gallery of the college's history as well as the College's official collections including the papers of dance great Bessie Schoenberg, the noted international relations expert Adda Bozeman and the sociologist Helen Lynd.
Sarah Lawrence College is a coeducational liberal arts college, founded in 1926, with a distinctive system of education and one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum. The College's graduate programs, including theatre, child development and the art of teaching, have a history of innovation. Programs in human genetics, health advocacy and women's history are the first in the country. The program in writing is recognized nationally as one of the best graduate programs of its kind.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Now 800 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 http://www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, careers at Endeavor or Endeavor's complete product suite of solutions for libraries.