Jerusalem, Israel—March 24, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, announced the release of version 9 of the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs.
The new version includes over 80 enhancements, many of which were initiated by the Voyager user community and refined through close collaboration between Ex Libris and its user groups. Highlights of Voyager 9 include:
- Enhanced Pick and Scan functionality to update items, holdings, and bibliographic records in bulk
- More options to create record sets using Global Data Change (GDC)
- The ability to export record sets and MARC records from GDC for use elsewhere
- The ability to delete record hierarchies using either GDC or Pick and Scan
- Enhancements to manage patron request workflows to improve services to users
- The ability to link to the RDA Toolkit from the Voyager Cataloging module
- New workflows to automatically remove lost fines and fees when items are returned to the library
- An updated WebAdmin interface that makes it easier for librarians to manage the system
- Numerous enhancements to the Media Scheduling module
- Updates to OpenURL, SIP2, MARC 21 and ISO currency support
- Technical enhancements to improve the stability and performance of the Voyager system in local and hosted environments
"Our staff members are enthusiastic about the improvements in Pick and Scan 2.0, and we welcome the many enhancements that will further streamline our work processes," Laura Guy, systems librarian at Colorado School of Mines and one of the field testers of the new functionality in Voyager version 9, commented. "We're pleased that Ex Libris continues to address new issues facing librarians and to invest in enhancing Voyager."
Field testing of the new version was also undertaken by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).
"This major new version reflects our commitment to developing and supporting Voyager in the years to come and continuing the successful collaboration with the Voyager user community," commented Bar Veinstein, vice president of resource management solutions at Ex Libris. "We are pleased to announce that development is already under way for version 10 and beyond."
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.