DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Jan. 17, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems and Syndetic Solutions today announced a partnership to provide enrichment materials through the extended services of the ENCompass integrated system for managing, searching and linking the diverse collections of academic and research libraries. This information includes tables of contents, first chapters, reviews, synopses and annotations, author notes, cover art images, and excerpts as well as fiction and biography headings.
Syndetic was chosen as Endeavor's partner because of the rich resources they provide for the academic market, a proven track record and quick turnaround time. Syndetic Solutions receives information from publishers on a set schedule and the information goes from receipt to delivery in a week—a strong benchmark among enrichment data suppliers. The Syndetic Solutions databases include over 2.5 million separate bibliographic enrichment data elements growing at the rate of approximately 5,000 data elements each week or 250,000 elements each year.
"Our belief has always been that items like tables of contents, summaries and author notes, plus book jackets, were nice to look at but should be used as an access tool as our goal is to increase access to information," explained Allan Graham, Director of Marketing and Business Relations for Syndetic Solutions. "ENCompass broadcasts searches out to a number of databases in conjunction with cataloged information, providing a new opportunity to access this data within a searchable database. As the partnership develops, we'll provide open keyword access, which we feel is important to academic libraries."
"We try to, of course, work with a broad range of content providers that bring in every discipline for academic libraries," Graham continued. He explained that Syndetic Solutions works with suggestions from libraries for popular discipline-specific resources.
"This extended service empowers libraries with a whole new way to provide information to today's generation of researchers," commented Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Research has said the use of these resources like tables of contents, summaries, annotations or analytical notes are necessary in the information-seeking experience. This partnership is one more demonstration of how Endeavor anticipates the needs of the academic library researcher and integrates software solutions for the changing roles of libraries."
About ENCompass with LinkFinderPlus
ENCompass is a complete solution for accessing all of the resources of the library and the campus, including the local OPAC, remote OPACs, previously unseen collections, digital collections, electronic databases, ebooks and journals. Applying 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.
A complete system, ENCompass includes functionality for search and discovery, object management, collection management, license and rights management plus linking. ENCompass is delivered complete with 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 Syndetic Solutions
Syndetic Solutions, Inc. is the leading supplier of descriptive content designed exclusively for library catalogs. Syndetics offers over 2,500,000 catalog enrichment elements including enhanced fiction descriptors, tables of contents, reviews, summaries, annotations, cover images, excerpts and author notes. Separate enrichment options are available for public, academic, school, and special libraries, and include formats applicable to any local system. The company is located in Portland, Oregon.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 900 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager integrated 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 Voyager, ENCompass, LinkFinderPlus, or careers at Endeavor.