Emeryville, CA. Innovative Interfaces announced that the Innovative Users Group (IUG) has convened its 20th Annual Conference that runs from April 16-18, 2012. Nearly 1,200 library professionals from nineteen countries have gathered in Chicago, Illinois to discuss best practices for using Innovative's products, report on creative and unique implementations of technology, and provide updates about partnerships with Innovative's product-development team. The program includes 118 presentations conducted by the attendees or jointly with Innovative staff. Innovative's presence includes 50 Innovative staff members from service, product development, product management, and senior management.
The Opening Session was presented jointly by the IUG Steering Group and Innovative Interfaces. IUG Chair Aimee Fifarek provided an update on the IUG's activities over the year and presented a special video celebrating the sights and sounds of the organization's history. Neil Block, President of Innovative Interfaces, also spoke at the Opening Session, providing a corporate and technology update to the attendees.
Block and Fifarek also presented the 2012 Crystal Awards, a special recognition given to those who have attended their 15th overall IUG conference. The Honorees are:
- Patrick Armatis, University of Michigan at Dearborn
- Terry Ballard, New York Law School
- Rick Boeder, Auraria Library (CO)
- Mark Denham, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
- Krista Graham, Central Michigan University
- Paula Kapteyn, CSU East Bay (CA)
- Laura Kinner, University of Toledo (OH)
- Earlene Kuester, Stetson College of Law (FL)
- David Miller, Curry College (MA)
- Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University (TX)
- Kelly Shook, Kent State University (OH)
- Elizabeth Swift, Jefferson County Library Cooperative (AL)
Five individuals who have had "perfect attendance" for all IUG Conferences were also recognized at the opening session:
- Janet Baylis, Suffolk Cooperative Library System (NY)
- Karen Johnson, University of San Francisco (CA)
- Barbara Kriigel, University of Michigan
- Karen Perone, Ohio Public Library Information Network
- Theodora Toy, UC Riverside (CA)
The IUG website can be accessed at http://innovativeusers.org/index.
About the IUG
Now celebrating its 20th Annual Conference, the Innovative Users Group (IUG) was formally organized in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries that use Innovative Interfaces' integrated library software products. It is an organization independent from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. The IUG is led by the Steering Committee whose members are elected by the general membership. All members of the Steering Committee volunteer their services to the organization. In addition to archiving all conference presentation materials, the IUG maintains a website (www.innovativeusers.org) that includes an Online Clearinghouse of member-developed resources including tutorials, scripts, training documents, and promotional materials. These resources represent a level of customer involvement and support unmatched in the library technology arena.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative's commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.