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Ex Libris Introduces Voyager 7.0 and EL Commons
Ex Libris Group (www.exlibrisgroup.com) announced the general release of version 7.0 of the Company’s Voyager integrated library system (ILS). More than 70 customer-requested enhancements, implemented as the result of feedback from usability studies, focus groups, and an online user survey, focus on the staff and end-user experience.
Version 7.0 builds on two ongoing Voyager objectives—ease of use and increased functionality for library staff. Highlights include the following:
- Newly designed WebVoyage OPAC with a modern, easy-to-use layout. An intuitive search model, offering a range of basic and advanced search options, responds to ever-increasing user expectations for attaining valuable library results quickly and efficiently.
- A wide range of accessibility and usability enhancements, designed to comply with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and national regulatory requirements, have been integrated into this product version. Ex Libris developers worked closely with the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as part of the Illinois Board of Higher Education Web Accessibility Consortium, to ensure that the newly redesigned WebVoyage system would meet the needs of users with disabilities, without sacrificing any functionality.
- Voyager 7.0 contains more than 40 administrative enhancements, including improved functionality for maintaining catalog records and a wider range of options for updating and editing serials and acquisitions data. Library staff will have greater flexibility in customizing search and navigation functions to suit the specific needs of their institutions.
Ex Libris Group has also launched its open platform program, reaffirming its commitment to openness as a core company value. To support this new strategic direction, Ex Libris has created EL Commons, a collaborative web-based platform hosting the Developer Zone, where community members can access documentation for the open interfaces, upload software components that they have written and want to share, and download components from other community members, adapting such components to their needs. EL Commons will undergo testing by a representative group of customers over the coming weeks, followed by a general release later this summer.
Source: Ex Libris Group
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