DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Feb. 28, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today Sara L. Randall has joined Endeavor Information Systems as the Manager of Digital Library Product Management. Randall's responsibilities include Endeavor's complete Digital Library solutions, including Citation Server and ENCompass, the digital library organization and management system.
"Endeavor is the only company offering a flexible, out of the box solution to help libraries manage their emerging digital collections," Randall explained. "I am excited to be working with a talented group of librarians and technical staff in delivering quality products for libraries."
Most recently, Randall was the Director of Library Systems for the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the third largest academic library system in the United States. At UIUC, Randall managed the production systems for the nine million-volume library and represented the library in ILCSO, the consortia of the 40 academic libraries in the state of Illinois.
Randall's experience also includes time as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). She was responsible for the startup of patron initiated requesting via a virtual online Union Catalog based on Z39.50. She was also the Head of Automated Systems at Loyola University of Chicago and a catalog librarian at Johns Hopkins University Medical Library.
Familiar with the workings of library automation vendors, Randall worked at NOTIS in the mid-90s, working with emerging technologies, including Z39.50 standards in the library automation industry, user interfaces and interlibrary loan standards. At NOTIS, she was active in the Z39.50 Implementation Group (ZIG) during development of version 3 of the standard . Randall also worked at Amigos Library Services as a Network Coordinator.
Also well known in the library profession, Randall is the 2000 President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. She was also involved with the Big 10 Universities' Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in their approval of the Bath Profile. She is a representative to the NISO Committee AV working on the NISO United States National Z39.50 profile for Library Applications.
Randall was the editor of Up and Running: Implementing Z39.50 : Proceedings of a Symposium Sponsored by the State Library of Iowa. She holds both a Master of Library Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
"In her most recent position and throughout her library experiences, Sara Randall is taking the pulse of the library world and striving to take each organization into the next level of library technology. We are delighted that Sara has chosen to work with Endeavor's exciting new forefronts in Digital Library technology," explained Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Sara's knowledge, experience and curiosity for new methods of access to information will assist Endeavor in going above and beyond our goals of defining the digital library and delivering the digital library."
ENCompass applies new technology standards like XML, EAD and Dublin Core to organize and access electronic resources. ENCompass provides seamless searching across digital object collections while managing and controlling links for separate repositories. ENCompass ties together resources, creating a more effective research base.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 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 www.endinfosys.com for more information about ENCompass, the Voyager integrated library management system, careers at Endeavor or Endeavor's Digital Library solutions.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------