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Innovative Wins Major Academic Library Projects

Smart Libraries Newsletter [June 2016]


Innovative Interfaces continues to see success with its Sierra library management platform and has concluded two major contracts for consortia of academic libraries. In April 2016, announcements have been made for the public colleges and universities in Florida and for the academic libraries in Catalonia. These two wins represent a strengthening of Innovative's position on the academic consortia front. In recent years, Ex Libris won most of the very large-scale automation projects for academic libraries. These two contracts interrupt that winning streak, though not necessarily the overall momentum.

Florida Colleges and Universities

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative has signed a renewable seven-year contract with Innovative to provide resource management and discovery products from Innovative Interfaces for the 40 public colleges and universities in the state of Florida. The contract also includes EBSCO Discovery Service from Information Services. These institutions will all be migrating from Ex Libris Aleph and other technology components. The press announcement reports that $1.5 million have been provided by the state legislature for the project. The contract was completed following an Invitation to Negotiate issued to Innovative Interfaces.

The current automation arrangement includes a single Aleph implementation, which serves the community colleges, and another instance of Aleph for each of the universities. The original implementation of Aleph originally provided a dedicated instance for each of the universities, though these have been consolidated in recent years. With the implementation of Sierra, the colleges and universities will be served by a single system. De-duplication records and authority control processing will be provided through Backstage Library Works.

A custom discovery interface, called Mango, has been developed for the universities. The original version of Mango was based on the Endeca PROfind search technology. In 2010 the interface was re-developed to use Apache SOLR instead. The 28 colleges use Ex Libris Primo as their discovery interface. A union catalog spanning both the colleges and universities is available through the Mango interface.

The contract will include access to almost all the software offered by Innovative Interfaces and to EBSCO Discovery Service as well as hosting services. The Encore Duet package provided includes the Encore discovery interface supplemented by the central index of EBSCO Discovery Service and the Curriculum Builder, also offered by EBSCO Information Services. The institutions will also have access to the SkyRiver bibliographic service from Innovative and the INN-Reach resource sharing environment. The only software products from Innovative not covered in the contract include Polaris, its ILS oriented to public libraries, Virtua, an ILS acquired from VTLS and VITAL, a digital asset management platform also developed by VTLS.

The environment is scheduled to go live in June 2017. The procurement process was managed by the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, associated with the Florida Virtual Campus and the Innovation Institute housed at the University of West Florida.

Universities in Catalonia Select Sierra

The Consortium of Catalonian University Libraries (El Consorci de Biblioteques UniversitÓries de Catalunya), which includes the libraries of nine of the largest academic institutions in the Catalonia region of Spain, announced in April 2016 that it has selected Innovative's Sierra as its next library management platform. The tender was announced in late 2015.

The consortium has been a long-time Innovative customer, implementing Millennium in about 2007. The SFX OpenURL link resolver and MetaLib federated search environment from Ex Libris were implemented in 2005.

The consortium will implement Sierra and Encore Duet, including access to the central index of EBSCO Discovery Service. Further details of the award have not yet been announced.

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Publication Year:2016
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 36 Number 06
Issue:June 2016
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Follett
Subject: Mergers and Acquisitions
Record Number:22243
Last Update:2022-11-29 00:36:19
Date Created:2017-02-15 10:03:41