Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that Scottsdale Public Library and the Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School have conducted the first previews of the Encore discovery services platform. Both previews introduced library staff to Encore's new features and functionality using each library's live catalog data. Currently in development with 13 library partners, Encore is a powerful tool for patrons that blends content, community and discovery into a single, seamless search.
Representing Innovative at the previews were Dinah Sanders, Product Manager, and Robert Allen, Director of Software Engineering. In addition, Jerry Kline, Innovative's Chairman and CEO, was available for the trip to Scottsdale Public Library. The previews provided an opportunity for substantive feedback from the library teams. Several of the major pieces of development-phase one were discussed in depth including a dynamically generated tag cloud based on subject headings in each current results set, localized Did you mean? suggestions, and the first three faceted search aspects: format, language, and collections (by location or content).
Scottsdale Public Library's preview team included Library Director Rita Hamilton and the heads of systems, cataloging, and reference. Says Hamilton: "The preview was very exciting because Encore is a much-needed product for our customers that makes it much easier to find what they want. Encore takes a keyword search, does 'the heavy lifting' in the background, and brings back all types of relevant content. Customers get the best materials for them rather than all the possibilities or results from a traditional scouring of the catalog data."
The Lillian Goldman Library has already had successful development-partner experiences with Innovative, creating tools that are patron focused, such as RSS feeds from Millennium and Single Sign-on between the library and the School's Web portal. The Encore preview was yet another landmark for the Library's relationship with Innovative.
The preview group at Yale Law school included Law Librarian Blair Kauffman, Associate Director for Technical Services Mary Jane Kelsey, and a number of the professional staff. Kelsey says: "The synergy between the Innovative development team and our librarians during the on-site preview was quite exciting and marks a new level in our development relationship with the company. Seeing Encore with our own data was dramatic and I think it was informative for Dinah and Robert to work through examples from such a specialized collection."
Encore functionality is totally focused to the patron experience. "There needs to be a payoff from Web 2.0 technology for libraries," says Kelsey. "Encore is on a different plane than anything libraries have offered before and that's exciting. We want to look beyond how 'Boomers' use the Web to our user base that grew up on the Internet. Students need to know as much about e-databases as they do about print—everything needs to be out there where they can see it. This kind of Internet delivery is a must-have for a library like ours where adaptability to rapidly changing technologies for service is part of our mission statement. We're looking to Innovative to keep us current."
Encore's Strong Development Team
Says Encore Product Manager Dinah Sanders: "Both libraries' staff reacted enthusiastically to the view of their catalog data enhanced with Encore features and functionality, and were very engaged in the process of discussing future possibilities for the product. We look forward to continuing active engagement with all our development partners as work continues on Encore."
In addition to Scottsdale Pubic Library and the Yale Law Library, an additional 11 libraries are making a substantial contribution to Encore: Binghamton University [SUNY] (NY), Deakin University (Australia), Deschutes Public Library (OR), Georgetown University (DC), Michigan State University, Nashville Public Library (TN), Springfield-Greene County Library (MO), the Tri-College Library Consortium (PA), University of Glasgow (Scotland), the University of Queensland Library (Australia), and Westerville Public Library (OH).
About Scottsdale Public Library
The Scottsdale Public Library provides a supportive environment for the community to discover opportunities, explore ideas, interact with others, and become lifelong learners.
About The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School
The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School provides community and visiting scholars from around the globe with ready access to one of the world's finest collections of print and online legal resources. With over a million volumes in print and microform and approximately 10,000 active serial titles, the breadth of the collection is exceptional. Special strengths of the collection include materials emphasizing law and the social sciences, and a 200,000-volume foreign and international law collection.
About Innovative Interfaces
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 including the Millennium integrated library technology 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.