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Hawaii Voyager: New Web Gateway to Resources in Libraries of the UH System
by Wil Frost, Head, Library Information Technology Division and
Jean Ehrhorn, Interim University Librarian

On January 8, 2001 the UH system libraries launched a new Web gateway, Hawaii Voyager, that provides access to online catalogs of all libraries in the UH system through browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. Hawaii Voyager can be accessed at uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu

Through the system you can:

  • Use a clearly labeled Web interface to find information
  • Search UH libraries statewide in one database
  • Link to full-text electronic publications
  • E-mail search results
  • Download catalog records into bibliography software
  • Renew your checked out items, and view due dates and fines

An investigation of online library systems began in spring 1998. After a rigorous evaluation and a review process involving many UH system libraries, the Endeavor Voyager system was selected in fall 1999. Work on implementation of the system began in February 2000, culminating with the system "going live" to the public in January 2001.

A steering committee composed of librarians representing the community colleges, UH Hilo, UH West Oahu, UH Manoa, and the Law School has worked for over a year to guide implementation of the system. This effort represents a significant example of collaboration and cooperation among the staffs of all the UH system libraries. Acting as a system has become a guiding principle in the ongoing development of service policies.

Hawaii Voyager contains the bibliographic records of all UH system libraries in a single database. Search the entire system for materials, or limit to materials on a particular campus or in a specific collection. You can also limit a search to a specific language, year of publication, item type (video, music score, map, etc.) and more. Hyperlinks to subjects, authors, and call numbers are embedded in the bibliographic records. Simply follow the link to quickly broaden or narrow a search.

Search results can be selectively marked and printed, e-mailed, or downloaded. The "Patron Info" feature allows you to examine your own borrower's record to view a list of titles you've checked out. You can check on any outstanding fines or fees, and renew books online.

Since Hawaii Voyager is a Web-based system, many of its features will be familiar to Internet users. There is an online help feature and library staff are available to offer assistance. Handouts on system features, operations, and search tips are available. An online FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is available from the library's home page. E-mail the Library or call (808)956-7205 if you have questions.

A text-only version of Hawaii Voyager is available via a telnet connection. The telnet address is telnet://uhmanoa.lib.Hawaii.edu:414. The text-only version of Voyager uses simple keyboard commands which are explained at the bottom of the screens. Connect via telnet if you need to use adaptive software or if you do not have access to a graphical browser on your desktop system. Some advanced functions are not available in the text-only version of the online catalog.

As with many new systems, the migration to Voyager presents some challenges that will be worked out during the next several months. Limitations that may affect library users include: delays in ordering new materials, difficulty identifying journal and magazine holdings in the catalog, and the need to ask at circulation desks to place holds and recalls.

The software for the Voyager system is a product of Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. and is based on client-server technology using the Oracle relational database management system. Voyager is the system of choice for 800 libraries worldwide, including a number of large universities (e.g. Northwestern, Princeton, Wisconsin), the National Library of Medicine and the Library of Congress.


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