Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today the development of Program Registration, a new Millennium module that allows patrons to directly manage their participation in library events and frees staff from manual procedures that have burdened them in the past. Program Registration gives patrons complete access to the library program calendar as part of Millennium's suite of personalization features and provides them with the ability to enroll in programs, receive email reminders, and be automatically placed on wait lists. Integration of Program Registration with Millennium ensures that it has robust functionality and ease-of-use for staff while giving patrons access to programs as a part of personalization features they already know how to use. Developed in partnership with Middle Country Public Library (New York) and Westerville Public Library (Ohio), Program Registration is scheduled for release with Millennium 2006.
Up until now, staff have struggled to manage multiple programs with multiple sections and multiple locations—typically using paper-based techniques. Even answering a simple question about which program a patron had registered for was a difficult and time-consuming process. In addition, staff had to intervene each time a patron wanted to register for a program. With Program Registration, staff can handle public programs with ease whether or not patrons come in to the library to sign up.
Program Registration will make programs more readily accessible to patrons. Whether or not patrons are logged in to My Millennium, they will be able to discover library programs from an online catalog search. Looking for a book on managing your finances? You may discover that your library is putting on such a program and that you can register for it directly through Millennium.
"When a number of libraries came forward asking to solve the problem created by trying to handle public programs, Innovative worked with them to find a solution," says Aimee Miller, Product Manager at Innovative. "While still in development, Program Registration has had an enthusiastic response. Additional libraries have joined as early implementers and a number have already placed orders for the product."
"This will really transform the way this library does business," says Joyce Bogin, Head of Computer and Technical Services at Middle Country. "We now have a solution which adds a bit of fun to the patron experience and makes things much more convenient for all involved."
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products such as the Millennium integrated library management platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.