News from Endeavor

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "News from Endeavor", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 3.



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Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

News from Endeavor

News from Endeavor

London School of Economics and Political Science select Endeavor suite of systems

Endeavor Information Systems has announced that the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) selected a suite of Endeavor’s systems to provide interoperability for users, accessibility for library materials and the basis for future library advancements.

LSE has selected the Voyager integrated library management system and the Voyager integrated interlibrary loan module, plus the Voyager interface to self-check systems. It has also selected the ENCompass for Resource Access system for providing instant access to e-resources and the LinkFinderPlus OpenURL-enabled link resolver for bridging the gap between citations and online full text of articles. Endeavor’s digital systems will help to manage and make available the library’s 3,000 e-journal subscriptions.

The LSE Library is the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences. It serves more than one million visitors each year and holds over 90,000 historical pamphlets and four million printed items, including 31,000 past and present journal titles. The Library collects material worldwide in all major European languages and is recognised internationally for its specialist research collection. The Library archives hold items relating to British political, economic and social history, social anthropology and the history of philosophy.

Global Data Change Task Force provides insight to create future technology

Endeavor Information Systems has announced the ongoing work of an Endeavor customer task force, set to examine the issues in today’s changing library. This most recent task force, Endeavor’s Global Data Change Task Force, examines the needs of libraries to manipulate data in MARC records to better adapt to a changing library environment. Through this task force, Endeavor will be able to provide even more workflow flexibility for libraries using the Voyager integrated library management system.

“Library collections were once relatively static – items were continually added, but there was not a large influence of other changes”, explained Shelley Hostetler, Voyager Product Manager for Endeavor. “For example, since print journal collections are being replaced by electronic backfiles, the print copies are moving from the library shelves to remote storage. Also, adherence to the MARC 21 standard requires changes to existing data elements. All in all, the need for global data changes is increasing. With the Global Data Change Task Force, Endeavor will examine the current challenges and anticipate future needs. The result will be flexible features in the Voyager ILS to allow library staff, whether in acquisitions, serials, cataloguing or in other areas, to react immediately to the variety of demands presented. Voyager’s architecture, including the design behind Voyager’s Oracle-based database, puts Endeavor in a strong position to demonstrate best practices in this area. Libraries will benefit from flexible workflows, many points of access, and a collection that reflects the changing face of the library.”

The Global Data Change Task Force members represent diverse institutions, including members from four countries. The members each bring unique expertise in knowledge of the MARC standard and cataloguing best practices. Some members also bring experience in building local technical solutions over and beyond the Voyager offerings, professionals who take advantage of the open architecture of Voyager to create technical solutions for their institution’s specific needs.

The members represent the following institutions:

  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC;

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada;

  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois;

  • Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia;

  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky;

  • The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas;

  • University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; and

  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Endeavor unveils ENCompass for Journals OnSite

Endeavor Information Systems has announced the development of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), an advanced system that provides a single point of access for the storage, searching and browsing of locally held journal content from multiple publishers. A progressive step in Endeavor’s vision for the digital library, EJOS gives libraries the ability to load and store e-journal content from a variety of publishers, and empowers users with a single point of access for searching and browsing across journal content from diverse publishers.

EJOS supports local storage of full-text journal content from more than 20 diverse publishers and provides the unmatched searching and collection management capabilities from Endeavor’s ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections. With EJOS, Endeavor takes another step into the creation of reliable tools for digital asset management.

EJOS is the ideal solution for large institutions that would like to provide local hosting for large collections of commercial and local e-journals. The system provides local control of licensed journal content, enabling large research institutions or consortia to create a permanent repository for the archiving and preservation of e-journal content. Locally hosted journals provide security and confidentiality for certain institutions, as well as new opportunities for customisation and integration that other methods of journal access do not allow or support.

Endeavor’s EJOS includes several specific features to accommodate large scale and unique needs. By converting journal metadata from different publishers into a standard format, EJOS enables libraries to store all owned e-journal content in one location, providing easy access for users. Full text is stored in the format provided by the publisher, typically as portable document format. To accommodate content from so many publishers, EJOS is designed to host terabytes of data.

EJOS features a newly designed user interface to provide an easy and fast end-user experience. Created with input from the Elsevier User Centred Design Group, experts in the field of interface design, the new EJOS interface allows end users to search across content from all licensed publishers. Equally important, end users can browse through all licensed journal content from the journal title or category all the way down to the article level.

Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, was founded in 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections.

For further information please contact Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., 84 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8RR, UK. Tel: +44(0) 20 7611 4500; Fax: +44(0) 20 7611 4501; E-mail:; URL:

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