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Ex Libris Releases Version 8 of Voyager ILS

Ex Libris Group announced the release of version 8 of the Voyager integrated library system (ILS). Much of the new functionality in this version is the result of continued collaboration with the international Voyager community, which now consists of more than 1,300 sites.

Highlights of the new Voyager version include the following:

  • Global Data-Change module: With Voyager 8, libraries can easily make mass data changes to bibliographic, holdings, and authority records. As a result, cataloging workflows are more flexible, the total cost of ownership is reduced, and the quality of the database is increased.
  • Streamlined upgrade process: In a major enhancement to the Voyager Installation Kit, Voyager 8 introduces Client AutoUpdate, a new feature that enables libraries to upgrade Voyager clients to the latest release without requiring a complete reinstallation.
  • Improved user experience: Among the enhancements to user experience are a more streamlined authentication process within WebVoyáge and automatic text messages to users’ mobile phones for notification about item availability, overdue items, and recall requests.
  • Enhanced security: In Voyager 8, the security of an ILS is even greater through the ability to implement new policies for password management such as requirements for strong passwords, the frequency of password change, and expiration control.
  • Increased staff productivity: The new release offers a range of enhancements that drive up staff efficiency and improve the quality of the database—as well as improving integration with Primo and other discovery systems.

The institutions that participated in the field testing for Voyager 8 were the Library of Congress, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the Colorado School of Mines, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), three members of the Library Consortium of New Zealand (LCoNZ), Southern Methodist University, the TriUniversity Group of Libraries, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Strathclyde.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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