Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the world's leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, announced today that New Haven Unified School District in Union City, California, has installed Via, Innovative's K-12 offering. The District is migrating to Via from a Sirsi Inlex system. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Haven serves Alameda County, Union City, and South Hayward. The district's twelve schools contain fourteen library sites.
“Via works well as a district-wide solution because it can be administered from a single server and has a host of reporting, borrowing, and acquisitions functions,” said Tami Pellowski, Director of School Library Sales at Innovative Interfaces. “It's a great improvement because New Haven now has an easy user interface and can create various reports they couldn't get before.” Rhonda Neagle, Director of Technology and Instructional Media at New Haven: "In our previous text-based system, running a report required knowing the proper commands to initiate it. With Via it's much more intuitive. A user can choose a report form from a menu, fill in the parameters, and print it to email or to a printer, all with the click of a mouse."
The main deciding factors for New Haven were:
- Innovative's reputation for customer service,
- Via's ease of use, and
- The self-check and KidsOnline modules for younger students.
Another attraction was that the local public library system, Alameda County, was already using Innovative. “Our students will be able to take the skills they learn on Via and use them as adults on Alameda County's Millennium system,” said Neagle. New Haven also hopes to develop a borrowing relationship with regional Millennium-powered public libraries. In addition, MetaFind, Innovative's fully integrated federated-search product, will provide cross-database searching for students.
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.