Universities link libraries

Four universities are jointly developing a multimillion-dollar library management system. Otago, Waikato, Victoria and the Auckland University of Technology are implementing US-supplied Endeavor systems in place of a variety of older systems.

Four universities are jointly developing a multimillion-dollar library management system.

Otago, Waikato, Victoria and the Auckland University of Technology are implementing US-supplied Endeavor systems in place of a variety of older systems.

The web-based facility will be externally hosted and managed by Datacom, which also manages other NZ library services.

AUT, Otago and Waikato universities are set to go live in July, with Victoria following at year end.

AUT, Otago and Waikato universities are set to go live in July, with Victoria following at year-end.

The universities began separately seeking systems around two years ago, but on hearing each was looking the four decided to work together, creating a body called Conzulsys (see Library group hunts for info system).

Rosemary Hudson, deputy university librarian at Otago University, says the main reason for this was to help other universities to work together on IT and other projects. Saving money was also a “hoped-for outcome”. Hudson won’t divulge the cost except to say that it is “several million [dollars]”.

Martin Anderson, IS director at Otago University, says being able to work together as one consortium led to a more favourable deal than acting separately.

Endeavor is supplying its Voyager integrated library management system, ENCom-pass digital library management system and LinkFinderPlus linking system. Endeavor’s Universal Borrowing system will allow searches and borrowing between the universities.

“It will give the universities the opportunity to combine their catalogues, so the network of one university can be seen at another,” says Anderson. Combined, the libraries’ collections top 1.9 million titles and over 2.4 million volumes, and serve more than 75,000 users.

Anderson says Endeavor is widely installed overseas. In New Zealand it is used at the library of University of Auckland — not to be confused with the body’s nDeva online enrolment system — and at the National Library.

Despite the original tender preferring a “midscale scalable Unix environment”, Endeavor is totally web-based.

AUT librarian Ainslie Dewe says the new system will offer greater functionality to users and sharing development will make it easier to keep up-to-date.

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