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December 10, 1999

World's Largest Library Integrates Its Records Systems

Library of Congress's New Integrated Library System is Y2K Ready

The Library of Congress's bibliographic systems are now fully integrated and ready for the next century, thanks to a new system purchased from Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., of Des Plaines, Ill.

The Library and its new Voyager system from Endeavor will make the Library's bibliographic computer systems more responsive to the needs of staff, Congress and the public alike.

"Our new integrated library system [ILS] helps brings the Library of Congress into the 21st century," said Barbara Tillett, ILS Project Director. "Separate systems that were developed by the Library in the late 1960s have now been replaced with a single system that supports all our basic processing operations."

Dr. Tillett was assigned to lead the effort that has changed the computer platform used for daily library operations by approximately 3,000 of the approximately 4,200 Library of Congress employees. No other system in the Library's history has affected the work of so many.

In addition to making operations smoother, the new system will save time and money by, for example, simplifying and speeding the processing of orders and loan requests. Voyager also provides a comprehensive view of the full bibliographic database from one system, rather than several, as previously.

"The staff of the Library of Congress and Endeavor are to be commended for their remarkable effort in making this system operational within budget and on schedule," said Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services. "In order to make the transition, 85 implementation teams were established involving approximately 560 staff throughout the Library."

To see the system in operation, access www.loc.gov/catalog. For more information about the Library of Congress Integrated Library System, see www.loc.gov/ils.

BACKGROUND

The Library of Congress awarded a contract to Endeavor Information Systems, Inc., on May 15, 1998, for an integrated library system (ILS). The contract was the result of a Request for Proposals issued by the Library in July 1997.

A temporary ILS Program Office was established in August 1997 to manage the implementation. The ILS Program Office has 16 full-time staff plus four additional staff from other library units working full-time on the implementation. In order to make the transition, 85 implementation teams were established involving approximately 560 staff throughout the Library. Their work was coordinated by the ILS Program Office through six Steering Groups, nine Policy Groups and three Technical Groups.

The primary database includes 12 million bibliographic records and 4 million authority records mounted on a Sun E10000 server. The Library installed more than 2,000 PCs as client workstations and more than 1,000 bar code scanners for the initial implementation.

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PR 99-182
12/10/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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