DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Oct. 8, 2001: Moving ahead technology for libraries, Endeavor Information Systems announced Citation Server with LinkFinder went this week to beta testing. The next step in increased user access, Citation Server with LinkFinder adds one-way full-text linking capability from citations in local or remote electronic databases, allowing researchers to link directly to the cited journal article. Citation Server is seamless with the OPAC interface of the Voyager integrated library management system, so researchers never have to learn a new interface to access additional information.
LinkFinder enhances the power of Endeavor's proven Citation Server product, which gives libraries integrated searching of the local library holdings along with local and remote electronic databases. Citation Server dynamically shows researchers ‘hooks' to the local library holdings—the call number and location of the journal in the local library that holds the cited article. LinkFinder accepts metadata from the Citation Server interface, using the commercial and local databases already used daily by the library.
Citation Server provides integrated, simultaneous searching of local and remote databases--plus the library's local catalog--returning merged results sets. With Citation Server, electronic journal citations, articles, and items held locally such as books, government documents and locally created databases are all searched concurrently, and the results sets are de-duplicated and presented in a relevance-ranked order to present access to a large range of information.
"LinkFinder is an extraordinary feature provided to our current Citation Server customers at no cost, and one that is of real value to our Voyager libraries," said Harry Samuels, Endeavor Digital Library Projects Coordinator. "Citation Server's ‘hook to holdings' has always been a revolutionary feature -- showing the local library's holdings of cited journals. Now, with LinkFinder, Citation Server extends that power into the virtual realm, and takes hook to holdings one step further by bringing the text directly to the user. One click of the LinkFinder feature in Citation Server brings the material right to the researcher--think of it like a reference librarian walking up and handing a researcher a copy of the desired text. It's that simple."
Why do libraries need a linking solution?
Linking is an overall digital solution for maximizing the usage of diverse resources – making the most of the library's investment in content. Digital collections have become an integral part of the library and need to be presented to the users in understandable formats.
Libraries act as information sharehouses—organizing and presenting information in formats that give researchers access to all available resources. The Internet has taught researchers to expect all relevant information to be returned in just one search. Libraries must also provide those same services—or better services—to remain relevant.
By providing opportunities to link to the full text of articles with LinkFinder in Citation Server, libraries give users the unified access to information that they desire. LinkFinderPlus expands the opportunities for researchers even more—with not only the full-text of resources, but extended services like related articles, bibliographies and further research opportunities—all in one integrated search!
LinkFinderPlus: Advanced Linking Technologies for All Systems
LinkFinderPlus, a new product from Endeavor Information Systems available at the turn of the year, provides comprehensive linking for all of the library's resources, regardless of the library management system software or information vendor. The robust capabilities of LinkFinderPlus are fully incorporated in Endeavor's ENCompass, but are also available as a separate product for libraries that choose to provide linking on a stand-alone platform. LinkFinderPlus accepts metadata from any OpenURL-enabled resource, including ENCompass.
"With LinkFinder and LinkFinderPlus, Endeavor has created real solutions to real problems," explained Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Endeavor is proud to offer cutting edge technology to advance today's libraries. Furthermore, Endeavor is only one of two library systems vendors to even use OpenURL technology, which is a critical dynamic in LinkFinderPlus."
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 www.endinfosys.com for more information on Voyager, Citation Server with LinkFinder, ENCompass, LinkFinderPlus or Endeavor's complete suite of products for today's changing libraries.