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MEDIA CONTACT: Jan Fitzpatrick, (585) 275-4128
October 14, 1996
New Library Information System to Fulfill Long-Held Dream
of Putting a Universe of Information on Every Scholaržs Desk
The University of Rochester Libraries are acquiring new,
state-of-the-art technology that will place a vast world of
information right on the scholaržs desk. When the system is fully
implemented by the end of next year, faculty, students, and other
researchers will be able to connect from their desks directly to
data, reference manuals, journals, and recent reports. Such a
scholaržs workstation marks the achievement of a long term goal
of information specialists and is an exciting enhancement to the
Campus Wide Information System.
The University has signed a contract with Endeavor
Information Systems of Rosemont, IL to install the Voyager
system, a major initiative that brings 21st century technology to
the River Campus Libraries, Sibley Music Library of the Eastman
School, and the Edward G. Miner Library at the Medical Center.
University librarians were part of a team of co-developers who
worked with Endeavor staff in building the search interface for
the Voyager system.
With the new system, users can
* View the catalog of the Universityžs libraries, as well as
computerized information, using the World Wide Web.
* Store the results of search of the catalog in their own
computers, for future reference.
* Link to databases which offer the full text of newspapers,
magazines, and journals.
* Connect to journals that are available in electronic format.
Retrieve data and other information from Internet sites.
* Electronically request an interlibrary loan or photocopy.
The library system is another link in the campus plan to
connect all campus residence halls to the full range of
electronic information. Earlier this year the University
announced its planned Residential Computing Network (ResNet)
which will provide an Internet connection from every room in
campus residence halls by the end of 1997. Phase I of ResNet is
to be completed this fall and includes six major River Campus
"The Voyager System helps the Libraries to support student
and faculty scholarship with the newest generation of information
science and Internet tools," said Ronald Dow, dean of River
Campus Libraries. "The system gives us better access to
traditional library collections as well as to information and
research sources maintained by libraries and others in electronic
format around the world."
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.