DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Sept. 23, 2002: Endeavor Information Systems and the Illinois Library Computing Systems Organization (ILCSO) today announced the launch of the Voyager integrated library management system at all of its 44 university, college and community college member libraries plus the Illinois State Library. With a fast-moving implementation schedule, all of the libraries were migrated and up and running in record time before the beginning of fall semesters. ILCSO is employing Endeavor's Universal Catalog for a union catalog to provide a one-stop searching option for the holdings of the entire consortium and to share bibliographic records among the institutions. The Universal Catalog works in combination with Endeavor's Universal Borrowing to provide patron-initiated reciprocal borrowing between ILCSO institutions.
Voyager replaces the DRA Classic system at forty-one of the libraries, the epixtech NOTIS system at one library and the Georgetown LIS at one library.
A Fast, Thorough Implementation
Between December 2001 and July 2002, Endeavor loaded 17,782,602 bibliographic records into ILCSO's 44 Voyager databases. With the de-duplication of records in Endeavor's Universal Cataloging system, the ILCSO Universal Catalog contains 7,891,901 bibliographic records. To take full advantage of Voyager's capabilities, ILCSO chose to implement separate Voyager databases for each member library. These individual databases work in conjunction with the bibliographic records in the Universal Catalog to provide current status information on all consortial holdings in a unified view. Reciprocal borrowing among libraries is available from both the local databases and Universal Catalog through the Universal Borrowing system. ILCSO worked closely with Endeavor to develop and test, and is the first Endeavor customer to use the new "request promotion" functionality for Universal Borrowing. This feature automatically routes unfilled requests on from one holding library to another, saving staff time in locating alternate lenders and more quickly filling patrons' requests.
"It is extremely rewarding to be the preferred vendor for such a large group of our home state's higher learning institutions," said Jane Burke, Endeavor President and CEO. "Endeavor is proud of the Midwest work ethic demonstrated by all involved. The dedicated ILCSO member librarians and the people of Endeavor worked together to refine implementation plans, coordinate training schedules and now employ the Voyager system. Endeavor's people will continue to partner with the ILCSO staff to continue to support the consortium with their advanced Voyager system."
ILCSO has offered library resource sharing services to its members and the Illinois library community for over twenty years, with over 8.1 million ILCSO resource sharing transactions logged between 1981 and 2001. ILCSO services are administered by the Illinois Library Computer Systems Office, a unit of the University of Illinois, and is funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Library and the ILCSO member institutions. A list of ILCSO member institutions can be found on the ILCSO web site at www.ilcso.uiuc.edu/Web/About/ilcsolibs.html.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September 1994. Over 1,100 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager integrated library system, 38 libraries have selected ENCompass and 46 have selected LinkFinderPlus. 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 or LinkFinderPlus.