Innovative Interfaces, Inc. News

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April 22, 2014. Central Library Consortium's newest members now live on Polaris ILS. Three libraries have joined the Central Library Consortium in Ohio, accounting for 14 member libraries that are now live on the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS). The newest members include Upper Arlington Public Library and Bexley Public Library, migrating from Virtua and Millennium respectively, as well as current Polaris customer London Public Library. <<more>>

April 8, 2014. Innovative increases presence in Northern Europe with new appointments. As part of its on-going commitment to the global library community, Innovative announced today a number of new appointments to its Northern European Sales and Marketing teams. The new team members will be based in the new Innovative office in Dublin that currently provides superior service and support to libraries in the region. <<more>>

April 1, 2014. Innovative Acquires Polaris Library Systems. Innovative, a global leader in library technology, announced that it has acquired Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of technology to public libraries in the U.S. The combined companies will be led by Innovative CEO Kim Massana. <<more>>

April 1, 2014. HGGC’s Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems. HGGC, a leading middle market private equity firm, and JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software and technology-enabled services companies, today announced that they have acquired Polaris Library Systems (“Polaris”). Polaris is a major provider of integrated library systems technology to public libraries in the U.S. that will be integrated with Innovative Interfaces, a global provider of library technology in which HGGC and JMI invested in 2012. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. <<more>>

March 31, 2014. Librarians Part of the Story at SXSW Interactive 2014. Innovative provided a platform for library professionals and advocates at the recent South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference in Austin, TX as the perfect venue for libraries to demonstrate that they are increasingly playing a role with technology and media partners. Librarians at SXSW made those connections, joined in the conversation about cutting-edge technology, and discussed the value of libraries in the Innovative Booth for Libraries provided by Innovative Interfaces. <<more>>

March 27, 2014. Four County Library System (NY) selects SkyRiver cataloging utility. New York's Four County Library System has selected SkyRiver, Innovative's comprehensive cataloging service offering unprecedented record quality and ease of use, for its shared catalog representing 42 libraries. <<more>>

March 26, 2014. Missouri's MOBIUS and Colorado's Prospector announce library materials sharing agreement. MOBIUS and Prospector, the state-wide library consortia in Missouri and Colorado, have signed an agreement to enable library users in those states to borrow materials from member libraries of both systems. MOBIUS and Prospector use Innovative's INN-Reach consortial borrowing system to power their resource sharing.< <<more>>

March 17, 2014. Escondido Public Library and Technology Center selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Escondido Public Library and Technology Center has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The library holds over 160,000 titles and circulates over 750,000 items each year. It is migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. <<more>>

March 12, 2014. Ohio University Libraries upgrade to Sierra library services platform. Ohio University Libraries have upgraded to the Sierra Library Services Platform. The Libraries hold nearly 2.5 million book volumes and maintain over 25,000 periodical subscriptions. They are moving from their existing Millennium ILS provided by Innovative. <<more>>

March 6, 2014. Duquesne University Libraries select Sierra Library Services Platform. Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library and Center for Legal Information (CLI) have selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. Gumberg Library is moving from a SirsiDynix Symphony™ system while CLI is upgrading from Innovative’s Millennium ILS. This will result in a single Sierra system being shared by the two libraries which had previously operated separate systems. <<more>>

March 4, 2014. Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) upgrades to Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) has upgraded to the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new open-architecture platform will allow them to meet the challenges posed by data and resource-discovery in today's library and information ecosystem. The largest research library in Ireland, it was previously using the Millennium ILS. <<more>>

February 25, 2014. Innovative Interfaces signs data centre deal with Interxion, to facilitate European expansion. Interxion, a leading provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, has signed a deal with California based library software company, Innovative Interfaces, to host its services within its Dublin data centre. <<more>>

February 25, 2014. United States Merchant Marine Academy (NY) selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that the United States Merchant Marine Academy in New York has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The Library is migrating from a Dynix Classic system provided by SirsiDynix. <<more>>

February 24, 2014. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine selects Sierra Services Platform. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has selected the Sierra Services Platform. The Library is migrating from a Athena system provided by the Follett Software Company. <<more>>

February 20, 2014. James Madison University Libraries (VA) upgrade to Sierra and Decision Center. Innovative announced that James Madison University Libraries have upgraded to the Sierra Services Platform from the Millennium ILS, and added the Decision Center collection management tool. <<more>>

February 19, 2014. Manhattanville College Library (NY) selects Sierra Services Platform and Encore Discovery Solution. Innovative announced today that Manhattanville College Library in New York has selected the Sierra Services Platform and the Encore Discovery Solution. The library is migrating from a Voyager. <<more>>

January 30, 2014. University François-Rabelais de Tours first to select Sierra Services Platform in France. Innovative announced today that University François-Rabelais de Tours Libraries is the first institution in France to select the Sierra Services Platform. The University's multi-library campus system includes five main university libraries, a documentation center and 14 special libraries. In all, Libraries make available over 600,000 volumes and over 5,000 periodical titles, as well as 20,000 eJournal titles and 20,000 eBooks obtained by subscription. <<more>>

January 28, 2014. Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) live on Encore with OverDrive eBook integration. Innovative announced that Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio is live on the Encore Discovery Solution with eBooks from OverDrive, the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks. With this first commercial integration of OverDrive eBooks into a discovery tool, Encore users have an immediate path to eBook and eAudioBook content, including the ability to view samples, place holds, check out, and select among eBook platforms such as OverDrive Read or Kindle, as well as Web browser and PDF formats. Library users can access functionality in both their desktop and mobile Encore interfaces. <<more>>

January 24, 2014. Innovative releases Decision Center 1.1 with Floating Collections Module. Innovative announced a new module of Decision Center that helps libraries manage floating collections across multiple locations. The floating collections module is designed to alleviate pooling and drought situations, which occur when circulating items are unevenly distributed among branches that share collections. <<more>>

January 24, 2014. Sales of Sierra Library Services Platform accelerate in 2013. Innovative announced that over 120 library systems, which equates to more than 500 academic and public libraries around the globe, selected the Sierra Library Services Platform in 2013. The bulk of these sales occurred in the second half of the year. Innovative is thrilled to announce that included in the sales of Sierra for 2013 are 33 new library systems such as Library Connection Inc., Dauphin County Library System and Pittsburgh State University. This continues a trend of adoption that Library Journal called "unprecedented" in its sector of the industry. Sierra has now reached 430 total sales of library systems by the end of 2013 accounting for 1,450 libraries worldwide. <<more>>

January 24, 2014. New Sierra Capabilities Announced. Innovative announced that it will give a first look at two new capabilities that leverage the Sierra Library Services Platform to create staff efficiencies and tailor the user experience: REST APIs for Discovery and interactive Mobile WorkLists. Both capabilities take advantage of Sierra's open systems that provide integration of external services and native support for modern workflows. <<more>>

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Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

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5850 Shellmound Way
Emeryville, California 94608-1901
United States
Toll free: 800-878-6600
Phone: 510-655-6200
Fax: 510-450-6350
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Board of Directors

  • J. Steven Young -- Board of Directors Chairman (representing HGGC)
  • Rich Lawson -- Board of Directors (representing HGGC)
  • Paul Barber -- Board Member (representing JMI Equity)
  • Jacob H. Hodgman -- Board Member


  • Kim Massana -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Bryan Urquhart -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Gene Shimshock -- Senior Vice President, Global Marketing
  • Brad Jung -- Vice President, Product Management
  • Christopher Le Blanc -- Senior Vice President of Global Sales
  • Jay Shankar -- Senior Vice President of Services and Support
  • Hilary Newman -- Senior Vice President, Product Development
  • Satyadeep Prasanna -- Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
  • Maryvonne Enjolras -- Vice President Sales, Europe, Africa, and Middle East
  • Doug Kaplan -- Vice President Global Alliances and Partnerships
  • Hitesh Soni -- Vice President of Services
  • Doug Randall -- Vice President of Product Technology
  • Steve Nielsen -- Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Innovative Interfaces

Company Ownership

Innovative Interfaces is privately owned by HGGC (formerly Huntsman Gay Global Capital) and JMI Equity.

Library automation systems

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Sierra (1291 libraries, 2945 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 920
    Academic libraries: 284
    School libraries: 5
    3 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Millennium (1471 libraries, 3043 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 514
    Academic libraries: 680
    School libraries: 23
    1597 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 5988 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc..

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • WebBridge used in 88 libraries, 219 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Mar 31, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems.
Feb 1, 2013   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity purchase remaining shares of Innovative Interfaces.
Aug 27, 2012   Kim Massana named as Chief Executive Officer.
Mar 1, 2012   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity make strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver.
Aug 9, 2010   Neil Block becomes president of Innovative Interfaces, Inc..
May 26, 2006   Innovative Interfaces launches Encore discovery interface.
Oct 16, 2001   Jerry Kline purchases the outstanding shares of the company from co-founder Steve Silberstein.
Apr 30, 1997   Innovative acquires SLS.
Aug 1995   Innovative launches its first Web-based online catalog.
Oct 15, 1992   Bob Walton Joins Innovative Interfaces Inc. as Executive Vice President.
1992   Innovative opens office in the United Kingdom.
1991   Innovative develops INN-Reach system.
1989   Innovative interfaces develops Circulation Module for INNOPAC.
Sep 1987   Innovative moves headquarters to Berkeley, CA.
1987   Innovative interfaces develops online catalog module for INNOPAC.
Jan 1986   SLS formed as a private company.
1985   Innovative Interfaces develops Serials Control Module.
Jan 1982   Innovative launches INNOVACQ SYSTEM 100.
1978   Innovative Interfaces develops OCLC-CLSI interface.
1978   Innovative Interfaces, Inc. founded by Jerry Kline and Steve Silberstein.
1969   South West Academic Libraries Co-operative Mechanisation Project founded.

Key Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2013). Innovative Interfaces Absorbs SkyRiver and Withdraws Lawsuit Against OCLC

In a major shift in strategy reflecting a more collaborative style of its new ownership and management, Innovative interfaces has withdrawn the lawsuit it filed against OCLC in July 2010. SkyRiver Technologies, the sister company and lead plaintiff of the suit, has been absorbed into Innovative Interfaces, which will integrate the SkyRiver cataloging service into its product offerings.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2013). Innovative Interfaces Ownership Update

Smart Libraries Newsletter has previously reported on the majority acquisition of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver Technologies by a pair of private equity firms, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity. In the initial transaction, company cofounder Jerry Kline sold the majority of the company, but retained a stake and served as the chairman of a newly constituted Board of Directors. In a subsequent transaction that closed the end of January 2013, Kline divested his remaining shares to the investment firms. Huntsman Gay and JI Equity now own 100 percent of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver. No information is publicly available regarding financial details such as the valuation of the company or the portion of shares retained by Kline following the initial transaction. Kline also has resigned from the company's board of directors, having divested his ownership and concluding his strategic and operational involvement.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (October 2012). New Executive Leadership at Innovative Interfaces

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has appointed Kim Massana as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective upon the announcement on August 27, 2012. Jerry Kline continues as Chairman and Neil Block as President.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2012). Innovative Interfaces Joins the Private Equity Club

Innovative Interfaces, one of the veteran companies of the library automation industry, has been one of the major holdouts in the wave of private equity investments that has reshaped the library automation industry over the last six years. The company has remained under the sole ownership of its co-founder Jerry Kline. That position now changes as a pair of private equity firms, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity have made strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and its sister company SkyRiver Technology Solutions. Following the transaction Kline retains partial equity in the company and will serve as the Chairman of the company's reconstituted Board of Directors and will continue involvement in the leadership of the company. Rich Lawson, co-founder and Managing Partner of Huntsman Gay serves as Vice Chairman and JMI Equity will hold a seat on the new Board. No changes in the executive management of Innovative or SkyRiver are planned.

(March 1, 2012). Library technology and services leader Innovative Interfaces announces strategic investment from Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. announced that it has received a strategic investment from Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a leading middle market private equity firm, and JMI Equity, a leading growth equity firm focused on investing in growing software, internet, business services and healthcare IT companies. Innovative Founder and Chairman Jerry Kline will continue to be directly involved in the Company’s overall operation as Chairman of the Board and shareholder of the Company. SkyRiver Technology Solutions, a provider of library metadata, also owned by Kline, received investment on the same terms. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Innovative Interfaces: Sierra, Encore, and Electronic Resource Management

Innovative Interfaces continues to build interest in its new Sierra platform. The company also launched its new Decision Center product, and announced new releases of Encore and Content Pro.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (October 2010). New Management at Innovative Interfaces

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has named a new President to lead the operations of he company. Effective August 2010, Neil Block, formerly Vice President for Worldwide Sales, advances to the role of President responsible for all divisions of he company. Jerry Kline, who co-founded Innovative Interfaces in 1978, owns the company and will continue to serve as its Chairman.Serials Solutions has also seen a major transition in its executive management. ProQuest announced that Michael Gersch had been appointed as the General Manager of Serials Solutions and as an Executive Vice President of ProQuest.

Breeding, Marshall, (May 3, 2010). Encore Synergy Launched for Article Discovery—A New Search Model

Following the January 2010 announcement by Innovative Interfaces ( that its Encore discovery platform would be enhanced to include new article integration capabilities (, the company has launched Encore Synergy. This new enhanced version of Encore uses dynamic web services interoperability with content providers to layer access to articles into search results.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2011). Innovative Interfaces to Launch Sierra: A New-Generation Automation Platform

Innovative Interfaces has joined the fray of library automation vendors launching new-generation library automation platforms. With Innovative's new system, dubbed Sierra, they aim to offer the depth of functionality equivalent to their current Millennium ILS. This system leverages current technology architectures that include open source components, with fullfeatured API bundles that enable greater extensibility and flexibility in the way that libraries make use of the system.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2006). Innovative to introduce Encore

Innovative Interfaces announced it’s developing Encore, a next-generation library interface, or discovery services platform, which is designed to provide a more unified approach to finding information resources.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2006). Innovative undaunted

Innovative Interfaces, second ranked company in the industry after SirsiDynix, has delivered its own steady stream of accomplishments so far this year. Recent sales of the Millennium ILS include the Oakland Public Library in California, Texas State University—San Marcos in Texas, Jinan University in China, Bibliothèque Méjanes in France, and the Université François-Rabelais de Tours Information Services also in France.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2005). Innovative wins Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech, the original development site for the VTLS automation system, announced that will it migrate its libraries to Millennium from Innovative Interfaces.With this selection, Innovative shores up its lead among the prestigious members of the Association of Research Libraries to 37 out of the 123 total.

(October 16, 2001). Innovative announces transition in Ownership

Innovative Interfaces announced that Jerry Kline, co-founder and CEO, has reached an agreement to purchase the outstanding shares of the company from co-founder Steve Silberstein. Upon closing of the transaction, which is expected by the end of the year, Kline will assume full ownership of the company.

Library Systems Newsletter (June 1997). Innovative purchases SLS

Innovative Interfaces, Inc., purchased SLS Information Systems of Great Britain. SLS has over 700 installations in Europe, including more than 50 in academic libraries. Its primary product is Libertas. SLS was owned by 16 UK universities. Innovative purchased all of the outstanding stock for cash. The deal includes subsidiaries in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and Spain (Madrid) . SLS currently has a staff of 46 people.

Library Systems Newsletter (January 1996). Innovative has record year

Innovative Interfaces had a record year in 1995, signing 100 new-name customers during the year, including 11 academic research libraries and 20 public libraries.

Library Systems Newsletter (September 1993). OhioLink system up and running

OhioLINK is the first in which all activity of the separate local library systems is recorded and displayed immediately in the statewide union catalog. The OhioLINK INNOPAC statewide union catalog went online for the public on November 11, 1992, with 2.4 million bibliographic records from six university libraries, including: Case Western Reserve, Bowling Green, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Central State University and Wright State University.

Library Systems Newsletter (July 1993). Innopac enters the European market

The European University Institute's recent installation of the INNOPAC library automation system marks the entry of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., into the European market. Innovative Interfaces systems are now installed in more than 340 libraries in six countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and Italy.

Library Systems Newsletter (November 1992). Bob Walton joins Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Bob Walton will join Innovative Interfaces, Inc. as Executive Vice President and will serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer, including responsibility for marketing, sales, and administration.