Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Voyager

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Voyager

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Voyager

Vendor: Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.

9700 West Higgins Road

Rosemont, Illinois 60018

(847) 292-2292; (800)762-6300

Fax.

Internet. www: :endinfosys.com

Demo Available: No. On-site demo can be scheduled. Version: 3.0 No. of Customers: 20 Modules/Prices: Pricing varies depending on the size of the library. Base price for all five modules for a small library is about $25,000.

PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS

Micro: 90 Mhz Pentium PC with 16 MB memory is recommended for the client staff workstations. A 66 Mhz 486+ PC with 8 MB of memory is recommended for a public access workstation. The server is a Unix machine (typically a Sun or DEC Alpha machine). Operating System: Windows 3.1+ LANs Supported: TCP/IP on Novell, LANManager, Banyan Vines, Windows for Workgroups

FUNCTIONALITY

Fair Good Excellent

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Features 9 Data Storage 9 Performance 8 Ease of Use 9 Documentation 9 Customer Support 8 Overall Rating 8.8

FEATURES

Voyager is a client/server-based integrated library system developed and marketed by Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., a company staffed primarily by veterans of other library automation companies. It is based in the suburban chicago area. Voyager was originally developed by MARCorp of San Mateo, Calif. The graphical user interface-based clients run on a PC with Windows. The server performs the function of storing and maintaining the library's database, which is stored on a Unix-based machine.

EASE OF USE

Average

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Simple and Natural Dialog 7 Minimum User Memory Load 6 Consistency 7 Feedback 6 Shortcuts 6 Error Prevention 6 Overall Rating 6.4

The database is stored in a relational database structure using INGRES. The application software resides both on the client machines and the server, clients communicate with the server using an Applications Programming Interface (API) set of commands developed by Endeavor. The public access online catalog utilizes the Z39.50 protocol when communicating with other servers. Both clients and the server must reside on a network that uses TCP/IP. The database can be distributed across multiple physical servers as can the various application server programs.

Voyager's target market is academic and research libraries although Endeavor does have public and special library customers.

Online Catalog

The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) gives users access to local and remote information resources. Through a single graphical user interface a Search Window allows the user to specify and input the type of search to be performed-see Figure 1. The menu bar provides access to File, View, Select, Search, Display, and Help. The tool bar includes eight icons (View Library Hours and Library Events, Search Local Catalog, Select & Search Database, Select & Connect to Another Library, Launch Other Applications, View Patron Information, Help, and Restart Voyager OPAC) that the user can click on to activate a particular task or function.

Possible search indexes include author, title, subject, call number (Dewey, Library of Congress, local call numbers, or SuDOC numbers), keyword/Boolean, and standard numbers (barcode number, ISBN, ISSN, and LCCN). The library determines what fields to include in the various indexes, which indexes will be available to patrons, what fields are returned for the index display, and what to call (label) each index. It may define additional indexes.

Voyager supports an implicit truncation for scan searches that could include author, title, and subject searches. An explicit truncation symbol "?" Can also be used by the user. …

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