DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 13, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced this week that the Auburn University Libraries of Auburn, AL selected the ENCompass digital library navigation, organization and linking tool. ENCompass will be used to unite the University’s diverse collections and provide single-source searching for multiple information resources, including the Libraries’ Voyager integrated library management system.
"Digital collections are a priority for Auburn in the next few years," explained Sheri Downer, Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Systems at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library of Auburn University. "It is important at Auburn that the library remain the central support area for education. We want to be one of the leaders in the development and support of education on campus. We have a variety of collections, but we needed a standard searching tool and there are unlimited projects we can do with ENCompass."
ENCompass will first work with University collections, then integrate collections from other institutions across Alabama. "Originally, we started looking at ENCompass for a statewide network," Downer explained. "There are a wealth of collections spread all over the state. We really have hidden treasures in the South, but we need to develop them. With ENCompass, it doesn’t matter where the information resides, we can still make it available."
"We wanted a system we knew would interface with Voyager," Downer said. She explained that from a managerial standpoint, two systems from the same company make the learning curve easier for staff, ensure the same level of customer service and give the staff faith in a product from a trusted company.
"We see ENCompass as the future development of library collections-it’s not just a catalog anymore," Downer explained. She said because ENCompass can give users a single access point for many collections, users just visit one library site, discover items they need, and click to find the materials. "Faculty are very busy, they don’t have time to learn different systems. They want to tell their class ’go here and find things.’"
"We are pleased the Auburn Libraries are joining the expanding circle of ENCompass users," explained Jane Burke, Endeavor’s President and CEO. "Endeavor provides the tools, like ENCompass, that libraries need for future growth. Libraries respond with creative and influential ideas for digital resource development and organization."
About the Auburn University Libraries
With over 2.5 million volumes, the Auburn University Libraries are the largest library system in Alabama. They include the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction, and the Charles Allen Cary Veterinary Medical Library. The collections also include 19,000 current serials, 150 newspapers, 1.4 million government documents, 2.9 million microforms, and 134,000 maps.
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. The 2.0 Release of ENCompass will include LinkFinderPlus, the solution for providing seamless access to all library information and relevant services across platforms, journals and publishers, including the latest abstracts, full text of print, links to internet search engines, links to online booksellers and links to review information.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 850 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor’s high performance Voyager 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 ENCompass, or any of Endeavor’s library products, including Voyager and LinkFinderPlus.