Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today that it hosted its 2004 Academic Library Directors' Symposium, held at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, California during February. Over 50 distinguished directors from North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia met to discuss pressing issues in the profession such as maximizing access to digital resources, and managing local information assets.
Speakers presented on the theme of academic libraries in the future. Jerry Kline, Innovative's Chairman and CEO, said libraries will continue to develop as centers of e-commerce and institutional information, and to use emerging technologies such as wireless and XML harvesting. Academic libraries, “are and will continue to be ‘the place to be' on campus,” said Kline.
James Michalko, President and CEO of RLG (Research Libraries Group) presented the keynote speech. He stated that: “In the future, content will become a service.” The trust people have in campus libraries, he said, can be leveraged to introduce time-saving, service-oriented benefits to students and faculty. Michalko presented RLG's RedLightGreen project as an example. RedLightGreen brings over 120 million books to college students through a simple Web interface.
Celebrating 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 39 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.