April 28, 2008 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative Interfaces announced the convocation of the 16th-Annual Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference in Washington, D.C. Held from April 27-30, over 1,600 library professionals from nineteen nations will participate in over 150 programs conducted by their colleagues and Innovative staff. Attendees of the annual meeting will present best practices for using Innovative products, report on creative and unique implementations of technology, and report on partnerships with the company's product-development team.
The conference begins with opening remarks by Jerry Kline, Chairman and CEO of Innovative Interfaces, followed by the presentation of the Be Innovative! Awards. Kline and Betsy Graham, Vice President of Product Management, will present this year's Awards, which recognize libraries that have made the most creative and innovative use of the company's products. The keynote speaker of the conference is Larry Irving, a Clinton Administration information and internet expert and creator of the term "Digital Divide." IUG Chair Nancy Fleck, Assistant Director for Technical Services and Information Technology at Michigan State University, also addresses the opening session to provide an update on the IUG organization.
From its inception, the IUG has been an independent organization dedicated to serve as a forum for involvement with the development of Innovative's products and services, gather and spread information on the use of the company's tools, and foster relationships and communication between all concerned. Incoming IUG Chair John Culshaw, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Director for Administrative Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, says: "IUG16 is shaping up to be another incredible venue for staff from libraries who use Innovative products to share ideas, learn more about the technologies used in their libraries, and network with colleagues. Conference attendees regularly report to us that this is one of the most practical events they attend all year."
Innovative's presence includes over 50 Innovative staff members from service, product development, product management, and the senior management team. For more on the IUG see: www.innovativeusers.org.
About the Innovative Users Group (IUG)
The Innovative Users Group (IUG) was formally organized in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries that use Innovative Interfaces' integrated library software products. It is an independent organization from Innovative Interfaces. The IUG is led by the Steering Committee whose members are elected by the general membership. It consists of a Chair, Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Past Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and four Members at Large. All members of the Steering Committee volunteer their services to the organization. In addition to archiving all conference presentation materials, the IUG maintains a web site (www.innovativeusers.org) that also includes an Online Clearinghouse of member-developed resources including tutorials, scripts, training documents, and promotional materials. These resources represent a level of customer involvement and support unmatched in the library technology arena.
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.