August 10, 2016 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, is proud to announce the company has opened a new competency center in Melbourne, Australia. Following successful growth in the Asia-Pacific region, this expansion will broaden Innovative's international footprint to provide software development, support, training, and consulting to the marketplace.
"This is very exciting news for Innovative, as well as for the libraries we serve in the Asia-Pacific region," said Marina Keating, Senior Vice President, Services and Customer Support. "Our team has a powerful combination of experience in libraries, technologies, information resources, customer support, and international business—which will only be strengthened with this expansion. Opening a new competency center allows us to grow as a company and keep pace with the evolving needs of our library partners in an efficient, timely fashion."
The new center in Australia is one of many commitments established earlier this year by Innovative's new Chief Executive Officer, James Tallman, to enhance services for libraries, increase staff capacity, and offer greater regional support.
"We believe it is important to deliver technology and services that support regional customer requirements, ensuring our library partners are equipped to excel in their communities," said Tallman. "Innovative is a global company, and we will continue investing in those markets that fuel our growth and demonstrate best-in-class performance. Our new Australia center is part of our 24/7 follow-the-sun operation that enables us to better serve our library partners, and set the industry standard for global service quality."
Staff in the new competency center span a wide range of positions, including customer support, sales, sales engineers, and library relations, providing optimal service to Innovative library partners. With training currently underway, Innovative staff will begin taking calls on 22 August 2016.
Those in the new center will work in close partnership with Innovative libraries to ensure the needs of those in the Asia-Pacific region are being met. For Philip Kent, University Librarian & Executive Director, Collections at The University of Melbourne, local support brings many benefits. "This is a great development in response to feedback from libraries in our region," said Kent. "Not only will it facilitate more communication with Innovative staff, but it will bring greater responsiveness in problem solving."
This center marks the seventh location for Innovative, joining those in California, New York, Virginia, Ireland, India, and Malaysia.
Innovative (www.iii.com) provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, corporate and special libraries and consortia. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence—serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide.