Evolution of Library Management Software is Focus of Eleventh Annual Endeavor Users Group

Des Plaines, IL, May 22, 2006 - Endeavor Information Systems, one of the leading worldwide providers of library management software, recently concluded its annual users group meeting in Chicago. With more than 900 library professionals in attendance, the eleventh edition of EndUser served as a forum for Endeavor customers, representing 10 countries and 40 U.S. states, to discuss established and emerging industry trends, share inventive user deployments, and learn first-hand the future direction of the company’s suite of library management solutions. 

During his April 20 keynote address, Endeavor President and CEO Roland Dietz introduced the company’s vision for the future of library software, the Hybrid Library System. An integrated framework for managing physical and digital collections that will provide richer functionality to library staff and patrons alike, Dietz described how the Hybrid Library System will build on existing Endeavor software while also introducing newer technology elements. They include a consistent user interface, enhanced distributed search capabilities, a data exchange/workflow layer, and the pervasive use of Web services throughout Endeavor’s product suite.

Dietz’s speech was followed by a presentation from Tom Turvey, the Head of Google Book Search Partnerships, who provided his insights on “The Future of Google and Libraries.” Turvey made it clear that his organization is not attempting to supplant libraries with search engines, but rather is focusing its efforts on complementing the search capabilities of libraries.

Along with the presentations by Dietz and Turvey, EndUser attendees were also abuzz from a presentation made by Simon Huggard, the EndUser 2006 Program Chair. Huggard shared the news that EndUser 2006 was to be the last users group meeting held at the Marriott O’Hare – the home of EndUser since 1999 – as Endeavor recently signed a four-year contract with the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. The Renaissance is poised to serve as the new home of EndUser through 2010.

"Shifting the location of EndUser was not an easy decision," said Huggard, who also serves as the president of the Endeavor Users Group Board. "However, after an extensive evaluation of all the local convention space alternatives, we are very excited about the Renaissance and the opportunities that a new hotel, location and regional amenities will provide for our users. Likewise, the adaptability of the convention space will enable us to plan for new events and allow for a different mix of speakers and sessions, allowing us the flexibility of increasing the quality, size and diversity of EndUser over the next four years."

Participants of EndUser 2006, which featured twelve different interest track and more than 75 sessions and workshops led by 110 Endeavor users, gained value from the numerous best practice case studies, peer-to-peer idea exchanges, and descriptions of system enhancements implemented by Endeavor customers over the past year. 

“With the goal of expanding the scope of the users group meeting, cooperation and coordination between Endeavor and the customer-run EndUser Program Planning Committee is critical,” said Donald Muccino, chief operating officer at Endeavor. “The success of this year’s event, including the introduction of online conference registration as well as expanded off-site activities for attendees, is a direct result of the synergies achieved between these two organizations.”

“Looking to EndUser 2007 and beyond, we will continually strive to ‘raise the bar’ with regard to the number of conference attendees, as well as the quality of the speakers and the programs that have become a hallmark of the EndUser experience,” added Muccino.

EndUser 2007 is scheduled for Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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