June 19, 2007 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced today that 50 academic, public, law, and corporate libraries have selected Encore, the new discovery services platform that blends content, community, and discovery. The current customer list is represented by libraries in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, U.K., and the U.S., and includes users of Aleph, Voyager, and Innovative's Millennium integrated library technology platform.
Encore is a new kind of offering from Innovative that transforms the library user's experience no matter what kind of ILS their library uses. Encore's initial feature set includes faceted search by multiple parameters, a subject-based tag cloud, Did You Mean...? assistance, relevance-ranked results, integration with federated search, and preview of union database results for INN-Reach members, among other functions. The total feature list is expected to expand quickly within the year as rapid, iterative development continues in direct partnership with Innovative customers.
"Encore represents a turning point for the ability of libraries to reach out to users with the full clout of their content, metadata, and the energies of their librarians and users," says Product Manager Dinah Sanders. "Innovative is also pursuing a path that makes Encore flexible enough to implement with lots of different ILS systems and add-on products, and is backing it with a specialized support team."
At present, 14 development partners are working with Encore in their libraries, collecting patron and staff feedback. An additional 15 partners are currently participating in the feedback process as they are being phased into active testing. Some development partners and early adopters are expected to go live to the general public with the initial Encore feature set this summer.
For a live demonstration of Encore on various ILS platforms, visit the Encore booth (#4132) at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., from June 23-26, during exhibit hours.
About Innovative Interfaces
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. The company has fulfilled this mission with first-rate services and products such as the Millennium integrated library platform, the INN-Reach direct consortial borrowing solution, Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.