May 3, 2010 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative Interfaces announced that IUG 2010, the 18th annual Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference, was held in Chicago, Illinois this April 18th-21st. Over 1,100 library professionals from eighteen countries participated in over 120 sessions presented by their colleagues and by staff from Innovative. Attendees of the annual meeting presented best practices for using Innovative products, reported on creative and unique implementations of technology, and discussed partnerships with the Innovative product-development team.
The conference began with opening remarks by Jerry Kline, Chairman and CEO of Innovative Interfaces, who presented an Innovative corporate and technology update. Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR, gave a keynote presentation that included comments on libraries, the use of information, and the changing nature of the news media in print, on radio, and the Internet. IUG Chair Carol Gyger, Systems Administrator at Poudre River Public Library District (CO), also addressed the opening session, providing an update on the IUG organization.
Innovative's presence included 50 Innovative staff members from service, product development, product management, and the senior management team.
2010 Crystal Award Winners Honored
Innovative announced the winners of the 2010 Crystal Awards during the opening ceremony at the conference. The Crystal Award is a special recognition given to those who have attended their 15th overall IUG conference. Announced by Sandy Westall, Senior Vice President of Library Service at Innovative Interfaces, the 2010 honorees are: Linda Chen, Mercer University; Philip Youngholm, UC Berkeley; Krista Box, Federal Reserve Board; Kathy Dutchak, British Columbia Institute of Technology; Jill Ellern, Western North Carolina Library Consortium; Cheryl Gowing, University of Miami, Florida; Betsy Graham, Innovative Interfaces; Ann Kebabian, Colgate University; Curtis Osmun, Art Institute of Chicago; Dan Pfohl, Coastal North Carolina Library Network; and Barbara Plante, University of Connecticut School of Law.
About the 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 Inc. The IUG is led by the Steering Committee whose members are elected by the general membership. All members of the Steering Committee volunteer their services to the organization. In addition to archiving all conference presentation materials, the IUG maintains a website (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
Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) dedicates 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, INN-Reach resource sharing, 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.