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July 7, 2021

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons welcomes new library partners in the second quarter of 2021. BiblioCommons formed new partnerships with public libraries across the United States and Canada in the second quarter of the year. The BiblioCommons team is excited at the opportunity to work with new consortia and public libraries of all sizes in urban, suburban, and rural areas across North America. [Full Announcement].

September 20, 2013

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. 3M Cloud Library and Innovative Interfaces now offer integration of eBook lending service with Encore. 3M Library Systems and Innovative Interfaces have completed integration of 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service into Innovative’s Encore discovery application. This latest integration success enables library users to have a seamless experience for 3M’s extensive pool of eBooks, along with their library’s local print and digital collections. This new integration is live at Westerville Public Library (OH) and is available now for all types of libraries. The integration allows library users to discover, place holds, and check out eBooks entirely within the familiar Encore interface. The search results display helpful eBook icons, availability status, and number of copies available. The integration allows library users to discover, place holds, and check out eBooks entirely within the familiar Encore interface. The search results display helpful eBook icons, availability status, and number of copies available. [Full Announcement].

June 22, 2012

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative's Decision Center sees early adoption. Innovative announced that, since its announcement in late January, 2012, 20 public and academic libraries have become early-stage adopters of Decision Center: a new product that provides automated recommendations to optimize collections, fine-tune services, and budget more effectively than ever before [Full Announcement].

May 22, 2012

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Westerville Public Library (OH) live on Sierra Services Platform. Innovative announced that Westerville Public Library in Ohio is live on the Sierra Services Platform. A next-generation services platform, Sierra is built on an open-systems architecture that provides libraries with access to its circulation, technical services, and patron data though an open relational database and a suite of documented application interface extensions. Unlike other systems, Sierra offers out-of-the-box, fully featured library workflows and integrated resource management delivering the functionality and performance that libraries trust to run their operations. [Full Announcement].

September 30, 2011

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Second wave of early agreements for Sierra announced. Innovative announced that a total of 75 library organizations, representing over 300 individual libraries, have entered into agreements to be partners in or early implementers of the Sierra Services Platform. [Full Announcement].

May 22, 2009

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Twelve Libraries Launch Encore 3.0. Innovative announced that twelve libraries have "gone live" with Encore Release 3.0: Augsburg College (MN); Binghamton University [SUNY] (NY); Greene County Public Library (OH); London Public Library (Canada); University of Hong Kong; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Westerville Public Library (OH); Yale Law School (CT); Michigan State University; Eastern Kentucky University; Scottsdale Public Library (AZ); and University of Western Ontario (Canada). Key enhancements include improved discovery features, Community Reviews and Patron Ratings, personalization features, as well as new option for the Encore "look and feel." In addition, Encore Discovery is now available for central catalogs of INN-Reach direct consortial borrowing systems. [Full Announcement].

October 24, 2007

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Encore launches at twelve public and academic libraries, selected by seventy. Innovative announced the launch of its Encore discovery services platform at a dozen public and academic libraries around the world. In addition, the company announced that 70 libraries have selected the next-generation product. The deployment of Encore brings a full-featured discovery tool to users—uniting library collections, licensed-resource content, and the discovery process. To date, Encore has been selected by more libraries combined than any other next-generation library interface to both print and e-resources. Libraries are using Encore as a discovery platform compatible with leading ILS systems including Innovative's Millennium, Ex Libris Voyager, and Ex Libris Aleph, as well as deploying Encore with Innovative's federated search product, Research Pro, and other leading federated search tools. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2006

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Thirteen Libraries join Innovative for Encore development. Innovative announced that thirteen leading academic and public libraries have entered into agreements to be partners in the company's Encore development initiative. The collaborating institutions are Binghamton University, Deakin University, Deschutes Public Library, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, Nashville Public Library, Scottsdale Public Library System, Springfield-Greene County Library, the Tri-College Library Consortium, University of Glasgow, the University of Queensland Library, Westerville Public Library, and Yale University's Lillian Goldman Law Library. The Encore discovery services platform transforms the user experience of the library with expanded search functionality, community features, and a rich presentation that includes federated-search results and contextual resource suggestions. Encore is scheduled for release in mid-2007. [Full Announcement].

April 06, 2006

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Five-library cooperative launches Search Ohio. Innovative Interfaces announced that five library organizations have banded together to launch Search Ohio, a library consortium that will make any of over 7 million items available to their communities. Powered by INN-Reach, Innovative''s direct consortial borrowing system, Search Ohio will allow library users to make Web requests for books and media like CDs and DVDs and receive them within two to three days. Depending on their current collection size, each partner in the consortium will gain access to anywhere from 4.3 to 6.2 million additional items faster and at a fraction of the cost of traditional interlibrary-loan services. Search Ohio''s founding members are Westerville Public Library and the Ohio county libraries of Cuyahoga, Toledo-Lucas, Warren-Trumbull, and Youngstown-Mahoning. [Full Announcement].

September 16, 2004

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative Launches new Web services offering. Innovative Interfaces announced the successful implementation of Inventory Express at Westerville Public Library, Ohio. Inventory Express uses Web services, an XML-based technology that lets applications interoperate in real-time on the Web, to create a rapid link between Millennium and multiple vendors without time-consuming batch-loading processes. [Full Announcement].

August 6, 2001

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative's MAP in Beta at First Public Library. Innovative Interfaces announced that MAP (Millennium Access Plus) has begun its first beta tests at a public library. Westerville Public Library in Ohio is currently using MAP with its Millennium system. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 1995

VTLS, Inc.. The VTLS virtual library arrives at Westerville Public Library. Westerville Public Library in Ohio, a VTLS library since 1984, has connected to the world via the Internet and World Wide Web. [Full Announcement].