Library Technology Guides

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June 6, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Schaumburg Township District Library joins the Innovative family. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois have selected Polaris as their new Integrated Library System, Vega Discover Premium as their new discovery layer, Vega Program to manage events and room booking, Vega Promote to foster engagement with their community, and the Innovative Mobile app to provide the power of the library to their patrons wherever they are. [Full Announcement].

May 23, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Showcasing your digital repository in Vega Discover. In a recent webinar, Vega Discover Senior Product Manager Samantha Cunning provided an overview of what will be the protocol for harvesting the OAI-PMH metadata from a digital repository into Vega Discover, where the digital repository becomes searchable and viewable by patrons using Discover's trademark clean, intuitive interface. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Your role in the Clarivate Voice of Customer Survey. Clarivate is preparing to launch its first Voice of Customer survey of 2024 on May 21. Clarivate sends this survey twice a year to a list of randomly selected customers from all three business segments, including libraries who work with Innovative. [Full Announcement].

May 17, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. New Clarivate Video highlights commitment to Think Forward. Clarivate has prepared a video that presents its vision for the future, and its commitment to its Think Forward initiative. [Full Announcement].

May 9, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. That's a wrap: Highlights from the IUG 2024 Conference. The spirit of community, collaboration, and celebration prevailed at the Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference March 25-27, in Detroit, MI. The event was attended by more than 400 IUG members and Innovative staff, including executive leadership, product experts, User Experience (UX) specialists, customer support and others. Participants took advantage of the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise, learn from each other, collaborate and network, and come away inspired to deliver patron-centered library experiences for their communities.Innovative product announcements [Full Announcement].

May 6, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Polaris 7.6 updates the Leap MARC editor, improved vendor cooperation. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced the release of Polaris 7.6. This release is focused on expanding technical services functionality in Leap, library-requested enhancements, and support for new and updated vendor integrations. This release also expands serials functionality in the web by introducing serial claim actions, the claim alert list, and improvements to publication pattern prediction for Southern Hemisphere titles into Leap. [Full Announcement].

April 29, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Rochester Hills Public Library uses Vega Promote to modernize patron communication. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan has adopted the Vega Promote email automation tool. Rochester Hills Public Library empowers people to explore and create with resources that enlighten, educate, entertain, and inform. Serving the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township since 1924, RHPL provides lifelong learning opportunities, instills a love of reading, and offers equal access to information to over 110,000 patrons. The library serves as a community center where visitors enjoy innovative ways to learn and socialize through a variety of programs, including an annual summer reading challenge, parent-child workshops, concerts, and weekly lectures. Its expansive and user-friendly collections allow cardholders to use physical materials, eBooks, tools and technology, database subscriptions, movie and music downloads, language and genealogy services, business and investment reports, and national news sources at no cost. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Rochester Hills Public Library uses Vega Promote to modernize patron communication. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan has adopted the Vega Promote email automation tool. Rochester Hills Public Library empowers people to explore and create with resources that enlighten, educate, entertain, and inform. Serving the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township since 1924, RHPL provides lifelong learning opportunities, instills a love of reading, and offers equal access to information to over 110,000 patrons. The library serves as a community center where visitors enjoy innovative ways to learn and socialize through a variety of programs, including an annual summer reading challenge, parent-child workshops, concerts, and weekly lectures. Its expansive and user-friendly collections allow cardholders to use physical materials, eBooks, tools and technology, database subscriptions, movie and music downloads, language and genealogy services, business and investment reports, and national news sources at no cost. [Full Announcement].

April 24, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative website has a new look. Innovative, part of Clarivate, unveiled its redesigned website, marking a significant milestone in our long-term brand migration strategy and unwavering dedication to our Think forward ethos. Designed in the Clarivate signature color palette, the website embodies our ongoing commitment to deliver a seamless and inclusive user experience. This visual transformation reinforces our unified global identity as part of the Clarivate master brand. [Full Announcement].

April 11, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ProQuest content subscriptions now available with library software agreements. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that libraries of all types can now add new subscriptions for ProQuest content to new or existing library software contract with Innovative. As both part of the Clarivate Academia and Government segment, Innovative can help libraries simplify their purchasing and subscription options by adding ProQuest content when signing new contracts. [Full Announcement].

March 26, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Fauquier County Public Library launches Vega Promote Web. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Fauquier Public Library in Virginia is now live with their new Vega Promote Web library website. Vega Promote Web empowers libraries to create and manage their own websites, where they can showcase their ever-evolving services, programs, and resources. [Full Announcement].

March 25, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative envisions an AI-assisted future for patron discovery and engaging library experiences. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced an on-going research initiative to explore how generative artificial intelligence can enhance the patron discovery experience when searching and browsing library resources. Yariv Kursh, Innovative General Manager and Senior Vice President, shared insights about the library platform of the future, powered by innovation. A secure platform that would continue to manage library workflows, engage with the community, create seamless library experiences, and, notably, use generative AI to address user needs and enhance the library experience across interactions.  Kursh demonstrated what an online catalog might look like with an AI-powered assistant. Users could engage in more conversational interactions, asking the AI assistant to help them find a certain type of book or get help with homework projects.  [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Vega Discover Themed Catalogs available now. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced the availability of new customization features for Vega Discover catalogs. Themed Discover catalogs include features that allow libraries to create custom catalogs with homepages and resources tailored to specific audiences or collections. [Full Announcement].

March 1, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Celebrating 10 years of Polaris Leap. This Leap Day, the Innovative team is celebrating 10 years since the launch of Polaris Leap, our web-based interface for the Polaris ILS. When Polaris Leap launched in 2014, it was designed to help librarians get out from behind the desk and work in the stacks, in the bookmobile, or at the park. With Polaris Leap, the library could be anywhere with internet connection. A decade later, Polaris Leap still empowers exceptional flexibility for providing patron services outside of the library walls and has continued to evolve along with the latest technology and customer-driven enhancements. Today, more than 14,000 library staff log in to Polaris Leap every day. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative partners with LibraryIQ to offer comprehensive analytics to libraries. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced a partnership with LibraryIQ, expanding the analytics offering available through the Vega Library Experience (LX) platform. LibraryIQ is an analytics and reporting solution that uses real-time data to offer actionable insights to libraries in categories spanning collection management, service development, patron engagement, and strategic planning. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Orion Township Public Library Launches New Website with Vega Promote Web. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Orion Township Public Library in Michigan has gone live with its new Vega Promote Web website. [Full Announcement].

February 16, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Navajo County Library District chooses the Polaris ILS and Vega Discover. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Navajo County Library District and Member Libraries in Arizona have selected Polaris as their new Integrated Library System (ILS) and Vega Discover as their new discovery layer. [Full Announcement].

February 7, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. IUG 2024 Conference registration is open now. Innovative, part of Clarivate invites Innovative users to register for the Innovative Users Group annual conference in Detroit, Michigan from Marcy 25 27, 2024 at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott. The IUG conferences are hosted by the Innovative Users Group, a library-led and library-run group for libraries that use Innovative products. This year's conference schedule is still being finalized, but will consist of library-led sessions on all kinds of topics of interest to libraries. [Full Announcement].

February 6, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Load Profile Training returns. Load Profile Training is back. There is a new self-guided Load Profile training available online for all Sierra and Millennium users. Load Profile Training helps you understand the structure of the Sierra database and Innovative record structures and will help you learn how to manage and create load profiles. Load Profile Training is available online on Innovative's Training and Learning Center. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. How The IUG Helped Me: Colleague Connections, Job Support, and Career Changes. This guest post comes from our very own Maisam Nouh, Technical Solution Consultant at Innovative. After my library switched to Innovative software, I heard of the Innovative Users Group (IUG) but I had no idea what it was exactly. After attending an IUG meeting at the former ALA Midwinter conference, I told my library director that I just had to start attending the IUG conferences. The enthusiasm of the attendees at the conference was contagious. I immediately started asking how I can get involved. I learned so much from the IUG community. I was able to write my first python script after attending a session. I also got to meet so many Innovative employees either from product, customer support, or leadership. Those connections helped my library to become a beta and development partner. [Full Announcement].

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