November 18, 2013 - Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced today a partnership agreement with ChiliFresh, a global provider of patron social networking, book reviews, and cover art. The partnership will result in unprecedented integration between Innovative's leading discovery services platform, Encore, and a rich database of trusted ratings and reviews written by library users around the world.
Full Encore Integration
Libraries that offer Encore will enable users to view patron ratings and reviews in the initial results set and at the item level. The experience will be similar to that of many commercial sites in which users can rate their picks from one to five stars, write reviews, and share their opinions and thoughts with others. Current Encore libraries can bring existing reviews together with ChiliFresh content to provide a unified presentation and the best of local and worldwide patron participation.
Commitment to Partnerships
"Partnering with ChiliFresh reinforces our commitment to support libraries in empowering social interaction online," says Brad Jung, VP of Product Management at Innovative. "The ChiliFresh partnership extends Innovative's commitment to partnering with other companies in the library ecosystem to improve the user experience - previous partnerships have included 3M, OverDrive, and EBSCO Information Services."
"In our daily lives we are all accustomed to reading ratings and reviews by other consumers before making decisions," said ChiliFresh CEO and founder Scott Johnson. "This partnership with Innovative will allow libraries to feature social interaction as part of the complete Encore discovery experience."
ChiliFresh launched its initial social networking product, ChiliFresh Review Engine, in early 2008. The ChiliFresh Review Engine was the first real Web 2.0 platform developed for a library's online catalog. ChiliFresh now supports libraries around the globe with book cover art, patron book reviews, and social networking products and applications for desktop and mobile devices. For more information about ChiliFresh, visit www.chilifresh.com.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery solution, Electronic Resource Management, Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Customers are supported through a 24/7/52 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. A recognized leader in library automation software, Innovative has introduced technological advancements for over 30 years. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. Keep up with Innovative on the CEO INN-Sights blog at blog.iii.com, Facebook, and YouTube.