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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
Web site: http://www.iii.com
Email: info@iii.com


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

Executives

  • Kim Massana -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Sandy Curry -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Leif Pedersen -- Senior Vice President of Product Management, R&D, and Marketing
  • Bill Schickling -- Senior Vice President of Global Sales
  • Gene Shimshock -- Vice President, Global Marketing
  • Hilary Newman -- Vice President, Customer Engagement
  • Marina Keating -- Vice President of Professional Services
  • Vinod Chachra -- Vice President of Global Expansion
  • Mike Hampson -- Vice President of Recurring Revenue
  • Doug Randall -- Vice President of Product Technology
  • Maggie Elkin -- Vice President, Global Human Resources
  • Jodi Bellinger -- Vice President of Customer Support Operations
  • Steve Nielsen -- Vice President, Strategic Accounts

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 (1622 libraries, 3672 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 1131
    Academic libraries: 368
    School libraries: 9
    8 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Millennium (1165 libraries, 2411 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 317
    Academic libraries: 608
    School libraries: 20
    1921 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Polaris (1346 libraries, 2863 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 1184
    Academic libraries: 60
    School libraries: 32
    50 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Virtua (226 libraries, 492 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 25
    Academic libraries: 131
    School libraries: 1
    48 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 9438 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 86 libraries, 211 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Jun 1, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires VTLS.
Mar 31, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems.
Dec 31, 2013   Innovative reports 336 total installations of Sierra for the Library Systems Report.
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.
May 4, 2012   Bloomfield Township Public Library becomes the first public library to place Sierra into production.
Apr 17, 2012   Hillsdale College in Michigan first library to place Sierra into production.
Mar 1, 2012   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity make strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver.
Apr 25, 2011   Innovative announces Sierra Services Platform development.
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.

Selected 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 (May 2014). Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems

In a move that further consolidates the library automation industry, Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has purchased Polaris Library Systems. Innovative is one of the largest companies in the industry, with an international presence and customers from all types of libraries. The acquisition significantly strengthens its presence in the US public library arena because of Polaris’s success in winning the majority of municipal library procurements in recent years.


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). VTLS Moves to Open Skies

VTLS launched a new product suite, called VTLS Open Skies, positioned as a library services platform. A major step for VTLS, this new strategy takes the most successful components in the current arsenal of technologies and products and rebuilds them into a comprehensive platform for the management and access to library resources.


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 (www.iii.com) that its Encore discovery platform would be enhanced to include new article integration capabilities (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/Encore-Discovery-Offers-New-Article-Integration-Capabilities-60723.asp), 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.



Innovative Interfaces, Inc. News

Sunday Dec 21, 2014

All 688 Press Releases from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

10 most recent items:


December 18, 2014. Oxnard Public Library (CA) Selects the Polaris ILS. Innovative announced that Oxnard Public Library has selected the Polaris ILS and will migrate from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. OPL has an annual circulation of nearly 570,000 and holds 370,000 book volumes across its three branches. <<more>>


December 15, 2014. Pagoh Education Hub and Pagoh Polytechnic Select Virtua and Vital. Innovative announced today that Malaysia's Pagoh Education Hub (PEH) and Pagoh Polytechnic have selected Virtua and Vital. Their libraries will hold approximately 50,000 and 30,000 items respectively and will be implementing their first automation systems. Both are under construction and are due to open in 2015. <<more>>


December 9, 2014. Vancouver Island Regional Library selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced today that Vancouver Island Regional Library, in British Columbia, Canada, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. VIRL serves its community across 38 locations with 1.1 million items. The fourth largest system in British Columbia, VIRL has an annual circulation of over 5 million. <<more>>


December 4, 2014. Vancouver Island Regional Library selects the Sierra library services platform. Innovative announced that Vancouver Island Regional Library, in British Columbia, Canada, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. VIRL serves its community across 38 locations with 1.1 million items. The fourth largest system in British Columbia, VIRL has an annual circulation of over 5 million. <<more>>


November 26, 2014. Arabian Peninsula Libraries select Innovative for library management and discovery. Innovative announced today that libraries on the Arabian Peninsula have selected the vtls-Virtua ILS and the vtls-Chamo discovery tool: Emirates Aviation University (EAU) [UAE] and the Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) of Diwan of Royal Court [Oman]. The new contracts were completed through Edutech, a leading provider of learning solutions and services for academic institutions, companies, and governments. EAU will migrate from an Alice™ system provided by Softlink, while CAO Library is implementing its first ILS system. <<more>>


November 19, 2014. 25 libraries go live on the Polaris ILS and the Sierra Library Services Platform in six-week period. Innovative announced today that 25 libraries have gone live with the Polaris ILS or the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent six-week period. This group of academic and public libraries span Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Scandinavia. <<more>>


November 17, 2014. Largest public Library in Australasia upgrades to Sierra. Innovative announced that Auckland Libraries (New Zealand) will upgrade to the Sierra Library Services Platform from Innovative's Millennium ILS. With over 470,000 registered card holders and 55 branches, it is the largest public library system in Australasia. Auckland Libraries holds 3.5 million items with an annual circulation of 17 million. <<more>>


November 13, 2014. New York Public Library and San Francisco Public Library now live on the Sierra Library Services Platform. New York Public Library and San Francisco Public Library are now live on the Sierra Library Services Platform, each upgrading from the Millennium ILS. San Francisco Public Library first became a customer in 2002 followed by New York Public Library in 2008. <<more>>


November 12, 2014. Innovative appoints new Members to its executive team. Innovative announced new roles for executives with extensive experience on the Polaris ILS team: William Schickling and Jodi Bellinger. The appointments demonstrate Innovative's commitment to move library technology forward while keeping continuity of products and services for its worldwide customer base. <<more>>


October 30, 2014. City of Pasadena Public Library and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department select the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that City of Pasadena Public Library and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. CPPL contains over 700,000 volumes and GLACD holds nearly 600,000 volumes. Both will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. <<more>>