September 18, 2014 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced today that five libraries in the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula have selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new contracts were completed through Naseej, the exclusive provider of Sierra and related Innovative products and a leading knowledge solutions provider in the Arab world. The new Sierra libraries include Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Institute for Applied Technology (part of Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Training), University of Sharjah, and American University of Cairo. Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is migrating from a Berytos library management system and the remaining four are upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS.
Mark Middendorp, Innovative's Director of Partners and Alliances, says: "Innovative is dedicated to libraries worldwide and the partnership with Naseej reinforces this commitment in the Arab World. It's gratifying to see that Innovative products are embraced by new libraries in the region and that existing customers are extending their relationships with us. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of this important library community as our valuable alliance with Naseej continues."
Eng. Abdullah Al Turaifi, VP of Naseej, commented: "The strategic partnership with our customers in the region enabled us to offer them the Sierra platform that will meet their needs, today and tomorrow, as well as the expectations of their patrons. To ensure delivering on our commitment to our customers, Innovative and Naseej went through an extensive partnership-building process to best serve Innovative clients in the region."
Al-Turaifi continued: "We are utilizing our strong academic solutions background to enhance the working environment of library patrons using Sierra APIs to seamlessly integrate Sierra with other academic platforms such as Banner Student and e-Learning platforms."
About Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
The Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) was created by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council in 2010 to preside over technical and vocational training in the emirate. ACTVET is committed to establishing policies and standards that effectively regulate technical and vocational educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Our goal is to increase the number of skilled young Emiratis employed in rewarding positions, with opportunities for life-long learning and personal development. ACTVET was initiated by H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council in August 2010.
About American University of Cairo
The American University of Cairo is a premier English-language institution of higher learning. The University is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber, and offers exceptional liberal arts and professional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates, and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields.
About Emirates College for Advanced Education
Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) is the only Higher Educational institution in the United Arab Emirates dedicated to the training and professional development of teachers. Teachers are at the forefront of the UAE's vision to widen its sources of prosperity and further develop its culture and global influence. Students are taught by highly qualified academics who are experts in their fields; and our supervision system provides a significant amount of individual attention.
About Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) is a private Catholic higher education institution founded by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO). USEK takes care to achieve a synthesis of tradition and modernism in the educational options it offers, while remaining true to a Christian humanism, which is imprinted on the overall education it provides. USEK welcomes more than 7,500 students across its eleven faculties and four institutes; i.e. fifteen academic units which offer a broad array of high-level diversified education.
About University of Sharjah
The University of Sharjah is committed to providing its over 12,000 students with an education and learning experience of the highest quality; offering a comprehensive platform of academic and professional programs; promoting the personal, social, academic, and career growth of all students; adding to human knowledge; contributing to the cultural, social and economic progress of society; preserving fostering and promoting the Arab and Islamic culture, heritage and history; and contributing to the advancement of learning and to the development of human resources in the Emirate of the Sharjah and the UAE.
Naseej (www.naseej.com) is the leading knowledge solutions provider in the Arab World serving academic institutes, cultural centers and government organizations since 1989. Naseej delivers world-class solutions and services that enable our partners to manage and share knowledge, and to leverage the latest in information technology solutions to achieve their business objectives. Naseej employs over 350 highly-skilled professionals throughout the Arab World working together to deliver cutting-edge solutions to its partners that covers: knowledge and library management systems, e-Learning solutions and services, campus management solutions, enterprise portal development and eServices, business process management solutions, and more.
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the broadest and most complete portfolios of library automation products on the market today. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in 66 countries and has offices around the world.