DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Mar. 16, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the Ithaca College Library, Ithaca, New York, has chosen the Voyager integrated library management system for the college's 300,000 volume library. Serving over 6,000 students and 500 faculty, the Ithaca College Library plans to implement the Voyager system this fall.
The Library's September 2001 Voyager launch will be simultaneous with a major renovation of three floors of the library. The library plans a joint ribbon cutting for the fresh architectural look of the library and the new opportunities for resource discovery in the library's collections with Voyager.
With so many projects on the table, the Library staff has a strategic plan for learning a new system and experiencing a redesigned work environment. "We plan to take our time and use an out of the box version of the Voyager Web catalog for a time," explained Margaret Johnson, College Librarian at Ithaca College. The simplicity of Voyager set-up and the opportunity to continually modify the Voyager system are benefits for the Library staff. Johnson explained, "Because we can change the system over time to meet our needs, there is less pressure on the staff. Everyone has an opportunity to participate in the ideas for the new look and feel, and this gives the staff ideas more of a chance to be heard."
"The Voyager implementation gives us an opportunity to re-examine the way we're doing Web pages and ask ourselves what makes the most sense now, especially with the opportunity for Z39.50 integration of resources," Johnson continued. "Now we can evaluate if abstract and indexing databases belong in the catalog instead of where we currently display them, on a separate page of our library website. There are lots of options and chances for combinations of resources, we just have this chance to ask what will work best for our library's research needs."
"The library staff is looking forward to working with the Voyager interfacing for technical services," Johnson said. "Cataloging, acquisitions and serials are all combined in an information-based system, not just a Windows system. Voyager looks like an information tool, where it is easy to move within the parts of the system and view orders and invoices with simple clicks."
"The Ithaca College Libraries have taken a good look at future-proofing their library and recognize Voyager is the growing system to meet the growing needs of their library," said Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Voyager's Windows-based staff clients and Web-based OPAC provide the pain-free operations libraries need to achieve maximum productivity. We're happy the Ithaca College Library has recognized the complete functionality that comes with the Voyager system and are proud to welcome them to our growing base of established libraries looking to the future with Endeavor."
About Ithaca College Libraries
Founded as the Ithaca Conservatory of Music in 1892, Ithaca College continues to uphold a curriculum steeped in music study in addition to a broad range of studies in humanities and sciences. The College's music focus is witnessed with a large music collection in the Library, including scores, sound recordings, and print materials. In addition to the Milton Cross Collection of radio scripts and memorabilia, special collections at the Ithaca College Library include the Rod Serling Archives, a grouping of television scripts, films and related materials. The Library also hosts the Ithaca College Archives, the official records of the college, and its' predecessor institutions, the Ithaca Conservatory of Music (1892-1926) and the Ithaca Conservatory and Affiliated Schools (1926-1931)
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 http://www.endinfosys.com for more information on the Voyager integrated library management system or Endeavor's complete suite of products for today's changing libraries.