DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Mar. 13, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems announced today that the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium (MIC) is currently implementing both the Voyager integrated library management system and the ENCompass digital management and e-content access system. The Consortium consists of the libraries of five private colleges: Columbia Union College in Takoma Park; Hood College in Frederick; Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg; and the Loyola-Notre Dame Library, which is the nation's first single academic library to serve two colleges, Loyola College and the College of Notre Dame, in Baltimore. MIC initially formed 10 years ago to share an integrated online system. Now the consortium will also share patron and materials holdings databases and a digital library.
The Consortium is the first group to select both systems, yet begin implementing ENCompass before the Voyager system. ENCompass project work is already underway at MIC along with the Voyager implementation that will replace MIC's current CARL system. The group aims to have simultaneous searching of Voyager and ENCompass available to researchers this fall.
The MIC projects demonstrate that Voyager and ENCompass are scalable systems that meet the needs of many libraries. "This shows what non-research libraries can do with a digital library," said John McGinty, Director of the Loyola-Notre Dame Library, noting that the small colleges have set a strategic digital vision like that of larger institutions and needed a system that could accommodate their needs. Even though MIC's library professionals are a broad group with different skills and different sized staffs, ENCompass implementation has been accessible for all. "We're just amazed how straightforward ENCompass is to learn. Some staff were new to digital library concepts—ENCompass was easy for them to learn."
At MIC, ENCompass will first integrate with content developed by faculty and currently stored in the colleges' Blackboard™ systems. "We want to select the original content faculty are using and make this information available to other faculty through ENCompass," explained McGinty. The vision in this project is to share common information such as charts, syllabi, papers and plans among similar faculty at the five colleges. Sharing knowledge and classroom approaches can help faculty save time and will be of interest to new campuses joining the consortium. "This is academic content that has never been in the library—we usually don't see faculty notes or materials until the faculty retire and this material goes to the archives—to have everything electronically is exciting."
Another project underway for MIC at the Loyola-Notre Dame Library is the digitization of dissertations for the Loyola pastoral counseling doctorate program. Because the program is based off-campus and draws scholars from six states, it was previously difficult for program participants to visit the library to obtain information on previous dissertations. By integrating the history of the program into the ENCompass web-accessible format, McGinty explained, the researchers could more easily explore previous research topics and history. The consortium will also soon begin digitizing a photographic collection held at Mount St. Mary's College for use by all five campuses.
"I felt Endeavor, of all of the vendors, was able to take us most effectively through the next five years—Voyager is a mature system that continues to be adaptable, plus the benefits of ENCompass," said McGinty. He also noted the reputation of Endeavor's staff, the depth of the company's experience to go through future cycles and the possibilities of Endeavor's partnership with parent company Elsevier Science for future opportunities.
"Endeavor is very proud that the Maryland Interlibrary Consortium is easily adapting to their digital library goals with ENCompass and Voyager," said Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "Many mid-sized libraries are thinking about digital convergence and wondering if this is the right decision for their future; the MIC has taken the necessary steps and found that the digital future is accessible for their campus IT goals and their staff. We can only watch these libraries continue to grow and advance the learning opportunities in their institutions."
About ENCompass and ENCompass Solutions
ENCompass is a comprehensive solution for single-search access to commercial content, digital collections and the local OPAC—plus linking via 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.
ENCompass is the most comprehensive of Endeavor's ENCompass Solutions offerings, which includes ENCompass for Resource Access and ENCompass for Digital Collections, specific system offerings that address concentrated e-content or digital content needs. LinkFinderPlus is available as an additional system to accompany either ENCompass for Resource Access or ENCompass for Digital Collections.
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 http://www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass, LinkFinderPlus, or careers at Endeavor.