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.
January 2012 saw the announcement of Encore Release 5, an update of Innovative's strategic discovery product. This new version of Encore brings in a variety of social networking concepts and features. Some of the new features include offering tools that allow users to “like” and share items of interest on external social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Reddit. Another new capability involves an option for users to create their own home page within the Encore environment, with the ability to selectively share it with other users. From this profile page, they can then opt to assemble and share reading lists, reviews, or items from the library collection checked out or placed on hold. Innovative reports that they anticipate this new release of Encore to be available later in 2012 and that it will integrate with either Millennium or Sierra.
Innovative announced a new tool called Decision Center, which is designed to provide advanced support for collection development. Through the use of data derived dynamically from all relevant parts of the management system, such as bibliographic and item holdings, circulation, holds and requests, and patron demographics, Decision Center generates recommendations for items to be added to the collection, weeded, or transferred. This new tool has been designed to work with either Millennium or Sierra and will be available by the end of 2012.
Content Pro, the digital asset management system offered by Innovative, has also been significantly enhanced. Version 2.1 will include new features including a redesigned interface for staff and library users, improved branding opportunities, and a new carousel viewer for the presentation of digital items in a slideshow format. These slideshows can also be inserted as widgets into external systems such as Facebook and other social networks, course pages, or within the library's own Web site. Innovative has also created a new desktop application for library staff for easier system administration and collection management. It also includes tools to batch load digital content, convert incoming data, and to gather usage statistics.
Innovative also announced that its Electronic Resource Management has been selected by the University of Michigan to centrally manage all of its electronic resources. As a member of the Association of Research Libraries and one of the largest library systems in the United States, with extensive investment in electronic resources, the selection of Innovative's Electronic Resource Management system is a significant vote of confidence in this product. Electronic Resource Management integrates natively with Innovative's own Millennium and Sierra automation products. The University of Michigan has also licensed an additional module called Acquisitions for ERM to handle the exchange of data with its Aleph integrated library system. The company reports that about 300 libraries have licensed its Electronic Resource Management product.