Emeryville, CA. Innovative, a leading provider of library services platforms, and Bibliotheca, a leader in RFID and bar-code based technology solutions, announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance that will enhance integration of the companies' products to create value-added offerings to library customers worldwide.
Under the terms of the agreement Innovative will have rights to directly resell Bibiotheca's RFID systems to Innovative customers around the world, including the Americas, Europe and Australia.
The two companies agreed to work jointly to identify and develop technology initiatives that provide leading-edge connectivity between their respective product lines. The agreement also allows Innovative to market the Bibliotheca products under the "triple I" brand and establishes a more formal working relationship between the respective companies' marketing, support and consulting organizations that will eliminate many of the frustrations commonly associated with operating and integrating separate ILS and RFID technologies.
"Bibliotheca has set the standard for RFID solutions for libraries and we are very pleased to be partnering with them to improve connectivity between our products," says Kim Massana, CEO of Innovative. "Our ultimate goal in establishing this partnership is to streamline the experience of library users and create seamless technology solutions for our customers."
Innovative is viewed around the world as a leader in library automation solutions and we're very proud to have them offering our entire product suite to their customers," says Jim Hopwood, Group Managing Director of Bibliotheca. "We're excited to be collaborating with the Innovative team to provide leading-edge connectivity between our solutions and their library services platform."
Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. More than 1,500 libraries worldwide have chosen Sierra, solidifying Innovative's position as the global market leader in library technology.
The Bibliotheca product line, led by the industry-leading and award-winning liber8 touch screen experience, has now been deployed in over 1,000 customers around the US and in excess of 4,000 globally. The combination of patron-facing features, and direct interaction with the Sierra platform will now create an unparalleled user experience for library users and staff alike.
Formed from the merger of three of the leading library technology companies in the world to combine knowledge, expertise and market intelligence, Bibliotheca is now the largest company dedicated to the development, deployment and support of RFID, EM/RFID hybrid and barcode-based library solutions. With offices in eleven countries and distribution partnerships in over thirty-five others, we are proud to support over 4,000 unique library customers with a deployed equipment range of 20,000 items, which includes nearly 6,000 self-checkout kiosks and over 400 automated materials handling (AMH) systems. We develop solutions that facilitate and enhance library operations. Together with libraries, we implement the best functioning, easiest to use, most cost efficient self-service and automation systems available. For more information about Bibliotheca, see: www.bibliotheca.com.
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery solution, Electronic Resource Management, Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Customers are supported through a 24/7/52 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. A recognized leader in library automation software, Innovative has introduced technological advancements for over 35 years. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. Keep up with Innovative on the CEO INN-Sights blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.