Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced that IUG 2011, the 19th-annual Innovative Users Group (IUG) Conference, has convened in San Francisco, CA. Through April 16th, over 1,100 library professionals from 20 countries will participate in over 100 sessions presented by their colleagues. Attendees of the annual meeting will discuss best practices for using Innovative's products, report on creative and unique implementations of technology, and provide updates about partnerships with Innovative's product-development team. Innovative's presence includes 70 Innovative staff members from service, product development, product management, and senior management.
The conference began with remarks by Neil Block, President of Innovative Interfaces. Thomas Frey, Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, then gave a keynote presentation that included glimpses into how information will be shared and accessed in the future, as well as the shape of future libraries and workplaces. IUG Chair Pat Crawford, Head of Access Services at Bryant University Library (RI), also addressed the opening session, providing an update on the IUG organization.
Crystal Awards Ceremony
Innovative announced the winners of the 2011 Crystal Awards during the opening ceremony at the conference. A Crystal Award is a special recognition given to those who have attended their 15th overall IUG conference. Presented by Innovative Chairman Jerry Kline, the 2011 honorees are: Sheryl Bissen, Grinnell College (IA); Marlene Bubrick, UC Hastings College of the Law (CA); Mary Chevreau, Innovative Interfaces; Richard Guajardo, University of Houston (TX); Kevin Herrera, University of Mississippi; Richard Jost, University of Washington School of Law; Jackie Licalzi, Michigan Electronic Library Consortium; Hilary Newman, Innovative Interfaces; Katrina Piechnik, Jenkins Law Library (PA); Bill Topritzhofer, Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange; and Michael Upfold, the Five Colleges of Ohio.
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 organization independent 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 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 50 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.