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July 2, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that initial implementation of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities are now live with the Sierra Library Services Platform. Six of the 30 authorities - Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin, and Wexford - serve approximately 35% of the total population of Ireland through more than 80 branch libraries and mobile libraries.

June 25, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that over 600 library systems have now selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. This group includes academic and public libraries in the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, and the UK. When initially released, Library Journal called the rapid adoption of Sierra 'unprecedented' and the strong adoption of this new LSP continues into 2015.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Malaysia Institute for Research in Youth Development has selected Virtua. A national research center under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the library has approximately 2,000 items in its collection and this is its first library-automation system.

June 24, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced a new service which simplifies a library’s publication of Linked Data records dramatically, reducing the time and effort for libraries to reveal their collections to the Web and contribute learning to the LibHub Initiative. The new Output Data for Libhub Service extracts library records from the database of any Innovative ILS or Service Platform (Sierra, Polaris ILS, Virtua, or Millennium) and formats them for transformation to Linked Data vocabularies including BIBFRAME and schema.org to ultimately publish and find on the Web. The new service, which is available as a one-time full database output with optional monthly updates, removes any barriers of staffing or time and makes it easier for libraries to take part in the Linked Data initiative. Library records are output in MARC/XML for sending to Zepheira. Zepheira transforms the records to BIBFRAME and publishes them to the Web, where their presence and formatting makes them accessible to search engines. Search results can then bring the user directly into the originating catalog, at the record level.

May 29, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Elgin County Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. The library offers approximately 220,000 items in print and electronic formats to its community

May 18, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Middlesex County Library in Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. MCL has just over 200,000 items in its collection and covers a geographic area of over 1,000 square miles.

April 30, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT has selected the Polaris ILS. The library contains 143,000 items and circulated nearly 400,000 items in 2014. The Library will be migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix.

April 27, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that the Polaris ILS is now available as a solution for libraries in Australia and New Zealand. Innovative has been a provider of library technology to the region for decades and will leverage this expertise for its new Polaris ILS customers.

April 15, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Sierra Library Services Platform 2.0 is in general release, including enhancements that make the staff experience more powerful and intuitive. All of Sierra’s key functional areas have been updated, including acquisitions, cataloging, resource sharing, and reports. Library staff will find that index searching with the Sierra Desktop application is more robust. The release also introduces a set of collection-development reports that enable consortia members to make more informed acquisitions decisions.

April 14, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative and EBSCO Information Services announce integration of YBP Library Services and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that IUG 2015, the 23rd annual Innovative Users Group Conference, has convened in Minneapolis, MN. Over 1,000 attendees, which include users of all the company’s major technology platforms (Sierra Library Services Platform, Polaris ILS, Virtua, and Vital), will participate in over 180 program sessions presented by their colleagues and Innovative staff.

April 13, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Mobile Worklists is now available for download from the iOS App Store, representing a landmark for the company as its first completely cloud-based offering for libraries worldwide. Built on Innovative’s new Open Library Stack, Mobile Worklists fully integrates with the Sierra Library Services Platform and does not require a change of ILS for its existing customers. Mobile Worklists is the Company’s first native, multi-tenant, cloud-based product in production. Using mobile technology, this solution makes material handling and management tasks more efficient and staff more productive. It reduces the back and forth between the stacks and the desk, cuts down on repetitive material handling, and decreases staff reliance on paper reports. Version 1.0 of Mobile Worklists includes the ability to create and track lists of materials, scan barcodes with the mobile-device’s camera, share lists in Sierra for editing or updating in real time, and more.

April 1, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) The Black Country Libraries Partnership in the West Midlands region of the UK has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and Encore Discovery to unite operations and user services for its four public library authorities. Innovative will provide the authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton a single, hosted implementation of Sierra and the Encore Discovery solution, which will operate from the company’s Data Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Together, the combined system will give over 175,000 registered library users access to a collection of more than 2.7 million items. At present the libraries circulate 7.6 million items each year. The authorities are moving to Sierra from the following systems: Dudley and Walsall, Galaxy provided by Axiell; Sandwell, Spydus provided by Civica; and Wolverhampton, Alto provided by Capita.

March 19, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Palo Alto City Library has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The current collection size is 300,000 physical items and over 60,000 in electronic holdings. PACL circulates 1.4 million items annually and will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.

March 10, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Auckland University of Technology Library has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform, to be hosted at the company's new data center in Sydney, Australia. The library will also provide integrated discovery with Encore Duet and will be migrating from a Voyager ILS provided by Ex Libris and the Summon Service discovery product from ProQuest. The physical collections of the Library number over 230,000 items.

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