May 7, 2014 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced that IUG 2014, the 22nd annual Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference, has convened in Detroit, MI. Through May 9th, nearly 1,000 library professionals from 21 countries will participate in over 100 sessions presented by their colleagues. Attendees of the annual meeting will discuss best practices for using Innovative's products, report on creative and unique implementations of technology, and contribute to the IUG's strong knowledge base of thought leadership and support content. Innovative's presence includes 70 Innovative staff members from support, product management, library relations management, sales, and senior management.
The conference began with remarks by Kim Massana, CEO of Innovative. Columnist Amy Dickinson, who pens "Ask Amy: Advice for the Real World" for the Chicago Tribune, then gave a keynote presentation entitled "Community Matters." IUG Chair Rice Majors, Associate University Librarian, Resources and Digital Services at Santa Clara University (CA), also addressed the opening session, providing an update on the IUG organization.
Crystal Awards Ceremony
Innovative announced the winners of the 2014 Crystal Awards during the opening ceremony at the conference. A Crystal Award is a special recognition given to those who have attended their 15th overall IUG conference. The 2014 honorees are: Thomas Baker, Columbia Law School; Jennifer Bone, Keene Public Library; David Burch, Loyola Law School - Los Angeles; Greg Ferguson, UC San Diego; Roz Goldstein, Widener University; Doug Guthrie, Saint Paul Public Library; Wanda Jazayeri, University of California, Irvine; Josh Mack, Denver Public Schools; Brian Moore, San Diego State University; Linda Moore, Hillsdale College; Kathy O'Gorman, IUG; Sharon Saunders, Bates College; Rae Ann Stahl, San Jose State University; Mary Stewart, Birmingham Public Library; Judy Schneider, US GAO; and Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College; Doris Young, Emmet O'Neal Library.
About the IUG
The Innovative Users Group (IUG) was formally organized in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries that use Innovative's integrated library software products. The organization is independent from Innovative, and 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 also 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.
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 Polaris and Millennium Integrated Library Systems, the Encore discovery solution, the Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world.