Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that Grand Valley State University (MI) has joined with the company as a development partner for Encore, the new library services platform that unites content, community and discovery. Grand Valley State University is among the group of libraries developing Encore while using another company's ILS. With the addition of the University, the total number of development partners expands to 21.
"We chose to become an Encore development partner because we think the product is going to be hugely important to us," says Lee C. Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries. "And because we want to see an early, robust product that works as well with our current ILS platform."
Like other academic libraries in the partnership project, the University's library staff see Encore as a way of meeting the needs of today's higher education student. Says Van Orsdel: "Encore will give us the tools to present the library with intelligent simplicity on the Web. That's what draws users to Google and it's the concept that we believe will draw our students into our collections and databases. We believe our students will find it far more enticing, as well as more satisfying, than the search engine that came with our ILS."
"We're proud to have working previews of Encore operating in libraries and welcome new partners like Grand Valley to increase the quality and quantity of feedback as we iterate," says Encore Product Manager Dinah Sanders. "The response from both the academic and public library communities for Encore development has been impressive and is resulting in the broadest possible solution for discovering library content."
The University's library staff are also putting their efforts behind Encore because of Innovative's track record. Says Van Orsdel: "We chose to enter into this relationship because Innovative is persistently at the top of system vendors with a reputation for doing exactly what they say they will do."
Encore's current feature set includes faceted search by multiple parameters, a tag cloud, spell check, relevance-ranked results, integrated federated search results, and community participation with tagging. Grand Valley State University becomes the 14th academic library to join in the Encore development partnership.
For a live demonstration of Encore at the ACRL 2007 National Conference in Baltimore, MD March 29 - 31 please visit the Innovative booth (#549) at the Baltimore Convention Center.
About Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public; four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region. Its mission is educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The University contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. Allendale, Michigan is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,237 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered at the university's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, Meijer Campus in Holland, and through centers at Muskegon and Traverse City established in cooperation with local community colleges.
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. The company has fulfilled this mission with first-rate services and products such as the Millennium integrated library platform, the INN-Reach direct consortia borrowing solution, Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. 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.