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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 (1503 libraries, 3466 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 1037
    Academic libraries: 350
    School libraries: 8
    2 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Millennium (1309 libraries, 2619 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 420
    Academic libraries: 633
    School libraries: 21
    1777 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 6085 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 87 libraries, 220 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Jun 1, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires VTLS.
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.

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). 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

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

All 674 Press Releases from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

10 most recent items:


October 9, 2014. Polaris Users Group convenes 13th annual meeting. Innovative announced that the Polaris Users Group has convened its 13th Annual Meeting in Liverpool, NY. With an attendance of close to 300, the three-day event provides an opportunity for presentations and lively dialog between Innovative and this important segment of its user base. More than 50 Innovative staff members are participating, including those from the Executive Team, Product Management, Research and Development, and Customer Support. Innovative is the primary sponsor and exhibitor of the independent user group event, which also attracts 16 other exhibitors including 3M, Bibliotheca, and ChiliFresh. <<more>>


October 7, 2014. Twenty-Two recent Go-Lives underline Sierra's international success. Innovative announced today that 23 libraries in 11 countries have gone live with the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent 6-week period. The <<more>>


October 1, 2014. Marmot Utilizes Sierra APIs to Speed and Streamline Discovery. Marmot Library Network, with 24 member libraries, hosts Innovative’s Sierra Library Services Platform (LSP) for its members, maintains a union catalog of 1.9 million titles, and provides related services for public, academic, and school libraries in Colorado. With a diverse constituency of professors and college students, teachers and grade school students, and public library staff and patrons, Marmot requires the Sierra LSP and its open source discovery solution VuFind to work together seamlessly to match a variety of user needs. <<more>>


September 29, 2014. Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (MN) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. TdS serves a population of over 228,000 in south-central Minnesota across 38 public libraries and one academic library. The Cooperative's collections top 1 million items. They will be migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. <<more>>


September 18, 2014. Innovative Brings Solutions to Middle East and Arabian Peninsula Customers. Innovative announced that five libraries in the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula have selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new contracts were completed through Naseej, the exclusive provider of Sierra and related Innovative products and a leading knowledge solutions provider in the Arab world. The new Sierra libraries include Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Institute for Applied Technology (part of Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Training), University of Sharjah, and American University of Cairo. Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is migrating from a Berytos library management system and the remaining four are upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS. <<more>>


September 16, 2014. Four Polaris ILS Systems go live in four-week period. Innovative announced that in the past four weeks, four libraries have gone live on Polaris ILS, including Irving Public Library (Irving, TX), Urbandale Public Library (Urbandale, IA), Pleasant Hill Public Library (Pleasant Hill, IA), and Moorpark City Library (Moorpark, CA) <<more>>


September 15, 2014. Utah State University Selects Encore Duet. Utah State University has selected Encore Duet as its discovery solution to help the library consolidate its diverse resources. The service will also make resources more readily available to library users through an intuitive interface. The University adopted Innovative's Encore discovery solution several years ago; and, when the new partnership between Innovative and EBSCO Information Services was announced, they were intrigued by the possibilities offered by the integration of EDS content with the Encore Duet interface. <<more>>


September 5, 2014. Music and Theatre Library of Sweden Selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that the Music and Theatre Library of Sweden has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. Its unique holdings include 120,000 books, 378,000 pieces of sheet music, 40,000 theater scripts, and 30,000 special collection items. The Library will migrate from a Mikro Marc system provided by Bibliotekenes IT Center Ltd. <<more>>


September 4, 2014. Kansas City Public Library's (MO) Civil War Project, Powered by Innovative's Vital, Wins Awards. Innovative announced that the Kansas City Public Library's (MO) Civil War on the Western Border website, a custom implementation of Vital - Innovative's digital repository solution - has received three awards in 2014. <<more>>


September 3, 2014. Innovative's Polaris Leap is now in Beta Release. Innovative announced that Polaris Leap is in beta release, with general availability on track for October. Polaris Leap is the web client for Polaris ILS that performs public services workflows, such as registering new patrons and checking out items. Its responsive design allows Polaris Leap to work on devices such as tablets and laptops, enabling library staff to serve their patrons anywhere - even outside library walls. <<more>>