The agreement with Endeavor is the culmination of a six-month selection process that included an extensive review of current systems, evaluation of responses to the Libraries' Request for Proposals, site visits to other libraries, and on-site demonstrations by selected vendors. The choice of Voyager was based on a combination of system functionality, Endeavor's resources for implementation and support, and the system's existing customer base and strategic partnerships, and the company's vision for future development and integration of digital resources.
Deputy University Librarian Patricia Renfro said, "Endeavor's customers include several institutions such as Yale, Cornell, Princeton, and Penn, that are already our partners in collaborations for sharing services and collections." She added, "While a common library management system isn't essential to such collaborations, we believe the underlying commonality of interests offers a strong potential for influencing future development."
Robert Wolven, Head of Library Systems and Technical Services said, "The NOTIS mainframe software has served us well for over thirteen years, but users' needs and expectations have changed." He continued, "Voyager will provide many more capabilities for patrons to interact directly with the library catalog, and to customize it to suit their individual needs."
For Columbia, Voyager's implementation of the Unicode™ standard is very important. Wolven said, "With large collections of foreign language materials and students from 140 countries, the integration of Unicode' standards was crucial. With the globalization of the Web, students and researchers now expect to be able to find information in all languages and scripts. Voyager's incorporation of Unicode will provide the framework that extends this ability to the library catalog."
Columbia University Libraries is the nation's eighth largest academic library system, with 7.5 million volumes, 49,000 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms and other non-print formats. There are over 3,930,000 bibliographic records in the Libraries' catalog with an annual growth of 120,000 items to the collections. Columbia's Libraries are organized into 22 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. The Library's web site at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to the print and electronic collections and services.
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 1,100 academic and research libraries have chosen Endeavor's Voyager integrated library system, 36 libraries have selected ENCompass and 46 have selected LinkFinderPlus. For more information visit Endeavor on the web at: http://www.endinfosys.com.