Ex Libris Releases Voyager 8.2
The new version of this integrated library system features
improved efficiency, interoperability, and security
Ex Libris® Group is pleased to announce the release of the Voyager® 8.2 integrated library system (ILS). This version contains numerous enhancements in all areas of Voyager functionality.
Highlights of version 8.2 include the following:
- Tighter integration with the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, rendering collections more “discoverable.” Library users can now browse by title, author, subject, and call number in Primo without switching to the library’s OPAC interface.
- Additional search indexes. Reflecting changes in the MARC 21 standard, almost 100 search indexes have been added or updated in Voyager. This enhancement paves the way for libraries to implement the newly published Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging rules.
- New capabilities for the exchange of patron information with other systems across the institution. Based on an XML framework, this new functionality enables libraries to increase the information that can be stored and shared in Voyager.
- Enhancements that enable libraries to customize the security requirements for staff users. Along with the options that were available up to now, Voyager offers account lockout policies and audit trails to control authorized access.
- A wide range of customer-requested enhancements, including improvements to streamline workflow activities related to circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, and serials
The new version of Voyager was tested by numerous user institutions, including the United States Library of Congress; the Colorado School of Mines; UCLA; and the National Library of Australia. Their feedback contributed to refining the released software.
“Our Voyager team learned a great deal by participating in the field testing of the new version,” remarked Stephen Lacey, ILS manager at the National Library of Australia. “Recent security enhancements, such as controls for password updates, expiration, and format, will help us meet the strict security standards we observe as a national library.”
Laura Guy, of the Colorado School of Mines, commented: “We are looking forward to implementing the new version for our staff and user communities. In particular, I welcome the numerous enhancements to the Circulation module, which will facilitate staff members’ workflows and improve users’ ability to obtain resources.”
Bar Veinstein, vice president of resource management solutions at Ex Libris, noted: “Voyager 8.2 offers customers richer functionality, better performance, and tighter integration with the Primo discovery platform. As with all Ex Libris releases, the participation of the Voyager customer community of over 1,300 global sites has been instrumental in this latest version. Planning is now underway for version 9, and support is available for Voyager users who are adopting the Alma next-generation resource management solution.”