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Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

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5850 Shellmound Way
Emeryville, California 94608-1901
United States
Toll free: 800-878-6600
Phone: 510-655-6200
Fax: 510-450-6350
Web site: http://www.iii.com
Email: info@iii.com


Board of Directors

  • J. Steven Young -- Board of Directors Chairman (representing HGGC)
  • Rich Lawson -- Board of Directors (representing HGGC)
  • Paul Barber -- Board Member (representing JMI Equity)
  • Jacob H. Hodgman -- Board Member
  • James Tallman -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Bert Winemiller -- Executive Vice President of Strategy

Executives

  • James Tallman -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Roger Leitner -- Chief Operating Officer
  • Don Schad -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Chris Fields -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Shaheen Javadizadeh -- Executive Vice President, Global Sales
  • Leif Pedersen -- Executive Vice President of Product Management, R&D, and Marketing
  • Bert Winemiller -- Executive Vice President of Strategy
  • Hilary Newman -- Senior Vice President of Customer Support and Customer Success
  • Aaron Terrell -- Vice President, Engineering and IT
  • Marina Keating -- Senior Vice President of Customer Operations
  • Bill Schickling -- Executive Vice President of Business Development
  • Hal Brandom -- Vice President, Global Human Resources
  • Kory Knell -- Vice President, Client Operations
  • Alice Cameron -- Vice President and Corporate Controller
  • Brenda Duffy -- Vice President, Global Controller
  • Mike Hampson -- Vice President of Recurring Revenue
  • Doug Randall -- Vice President of Product Technology

Company Ownership

Innovative Interfaces is privately owned by HGGC (formerly Huntsman Gay Global Capital) and JMI Equity.


Library automation systems

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Sierra (2031 libraries, 4292 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1266
    Academic libraries: 577
    School libraries: 16
    64 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Millennium (610 libraries, 1441 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 154
    Academic libraries: 300
    School libraries: 16
    2506 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Polaris (1464 libraries, 3499 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1295
    Academic libraries: 61
    School libraries: 33
    100 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Virtua (199 libraries, 420 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 9
    Academic libraries: 124
    School libraries: 0
    85 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 9652 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc..

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • WebBridge used in 68 libraries, 184 facilities in libraries.org)

Corporate Chronology

Jan 28, 2016   James Tallman named Chief Executive Officer.
Aug 27, 2015   Kim Massana resigns as CEO of Innovative Interfaces. Bert Winemiller of JMI Equity appointed as acting CEO.
Dec 22, 2014   Innovative Interfaces reports 495 libraries live on Sierra and a total of 560 contracts signed.
Jun 1, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires VTLS.
Mar 31, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems.
Dec 31, 2013   Innovative reports 336 total installations of Sierra for the Library Systems Report.
Feb 1, 2013   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity purchase remaining shares of Innovative Interfaces.
Aug 27, 2012   Kim Massana named as Chief Executive Officer.
May 4, 2012   Bloomfield Township Public Library becomes the first public library to place Sierra into production.
Apr 17, 2012   Hillsdale College in Michigan first library to place Sierra into production.
Mar 1, 2012   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity make strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver.
Apr 25, 2011   Innovative announces Sierra Services Platform development.
Aug 9, 2010   Neil Block becomes president of Innovative Interfaces, Inc..
May 26, 2006   Innovative Interfaces launches Encore discovery interface.
Oct 16, 2001   Jerry Kline purchases the outstanding shares of the company from co-founder Steve Silberstein.
Apr 30, 1997   Innovative acquires SLS.
Aug 1995   Innovative launches its first Web-based online catalog.
Oct 15, 1992   Bob Walton Joins Innovative Interfaces Inc. as Executive Vice President.
1992   Innovative opens office in the United Kingdom.
1991   Innovative develops INN-Reach system.
1989   Innovative interfaces develops Circulation Module for INNOPAC.
Sep 1987   Innovative moves headquarters to Berkeley, CA.
1987   Innovative interfaces develops online catalog module for INNOPAC.
Jan 1986   SLS formed as a private company.
1985   Innovative Interfaces develops Serials Control Module.
Jan 1982   Innovative launches INNOVACQ SYSTEM 100.
1978   Innovative Interfaces develops OCLC-CLSI interface.
1978   Innovative Interfaces, Inc. founded by Jerry Kline and Steve Silberstein.
1969   South West Academic Libraries Co-operative Mechanisation Project founded.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2014). Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems

In a move that further consolidates the library automation industry, Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has purchased Polaris Library Systems. Innovative is one of the largest companies in the industry, with an international presence and customers from all types of libraries. The acquisition significantly strengthens its presence in the US public library arena because of Polaris’s success in winning the majority of municipal library procurements in recent years.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2013). Innovative Interfaces Absorbs SkyRiver and Withdraws Lawsuit Against OCLC

In a major shift in strategy reflecting a more collaborative style of its new ownership and management, Innovative interfaces has withdrawn the lawsuit it filed against OCLC in July 2010. SkyRiver Technologies, the sister company and lead plaintiff of the suit, has been absorbed into Innovative Interfaces, which will integrate the SkyRiver cataloging service into its product offerings.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2013). VTLS Moves to Open Skies

VTLS launched a new product suite, called VTLS Open Skies, positioned as a library services platform. A major step for VTLS, this new strategy takes the most successful components in the current arsenal of technologies and products and rebuilds them into a comprehensive platform for the management and access to library resources.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2013). Innovative Interfaces Ownership Update

Smart Libraries Newsletter has previously reported on the majority acquisition of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver Technologies by a pair of private equity firms, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity. In the initial transaction, company cofounder Jerry Kline sold the majority of the company, but retained a stake and served as the chairman of a newly constituted Board of Directors. In a subsequent transaction that closed the end of January 2013, Kline divested his remaining shares to the investment firms. Huntsman Gay and JI Equity now own 100 percent of Innovative Interfaces and SkyRiver. No information is publicly available regarding financial details such as the valuation of the company or the portion of shares retained by Kline following the initial transaction. Kline also has resigned from the company's board of directors, having divested his ownership and concluding his strategic and operational involvement.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (October 2012). New Executive Leadership at Innovative Interfaces

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has appointed Kim Massana as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective upon the announcement on August 27, 2012. Jerry Kline continues as Chairman and Neil Block as President.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2012). Innovative Interfaces Joins the Private Equity Club

Innovative Interfaces, one of the veteran companies of the library automation industry, has been one of the major holdouts in the wave of private equity investments that has reshaped the library automation industry over the last six years. The company has remained under the sole ownership of its co-founder Jerry Kline. That position now changes as a pair of private equity firms, Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity have made strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and its sister company SkyRiver Technology Solutions. Following the transaction Kline retains partial equity in the company and will serve as the Chairman of the company's reconstituted Board of Directors and will continue involvement in the leadership of the company. Rich Lawson, co-founder and Managing Partner of Huntsman Gay serves as Vice Chairman and JMI Equity will hold a seat on the new Board. No changes in the executive management of Innovative or SkyRiver are planned.


(March 1, 2012). Library technology and services leader Innovative Interfaces announces strategic investment from Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. announced that it has received a strategic investment from Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a leading middle market private equity firm, and JMI Equity, a leading growth equity firm focused on investing in growing software, internet, business services and healthcare IT companies. Innovative Founder and Chairman Jerry Kline will continue to be directly involved in the Company’s overall operation as Chairman of the Board and shareholder of the Company. SkyRiver Technology Solutions, a provider of library metadata, also owned by Kline, received investment on the same terms. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Innovative Interfaces: Sierra, Encore, and Electronic Resource Management

Innovative Interfaces continues to build interest in its new Sierra platform. The company also launched its new Decision Center product, and announced new releases of Encore and Content Pro.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (October 2010). New Management at Innovative Interfaces

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. has named a new President to lead the operations of he company. Effective August 2010, Neil Block, formerly Vice President for Worldwide Sales, advances to the role of President responsible for all divisions of he company. Jerry Kline, who co-founded Innovative Interfaces in 1978, owns the company and will continue to serve as its Chairman.Serials Solutions has also seen a major transition in its executive management. ProQuest announced that Michael Gersch had been appointed as the General Manager of Serials Solutions and as an Executive Vice President of ProQuest.


Breeding, Marshall, (May 3, 2010). Encore Synergy Launched for Article Discovery—A New Search Model

Following the January 2010 announcement by Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) that its Encore discovery platform would be enhanced to include new article integration capabilities (http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/Encore-Discovery-Offers-New-Article-Integration-Capabilities-60723.asp), the company has launched Encore Synergy. This new enhanced version of Encore uses dynamic web services interoperability with content providers to layer access to articles into search results.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2011). Innovative Interfaces to Launch Sierra: A New-Generation Automation Platform

Innovative Interfaces has joined the fray of library automation vendors launching new-generation library automation platforms. With Innovative's new system, dubbed Sierra, they aim to offer the depth of functionality equivalent to their current Millennium ILS. This system leverages current technology architectures that include open source components, with fullfeatured API bundles that enable greater extensibility and flexibility in the way that libraries make use of the system.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2006). Innovative to introduce Encore

Innovative Interfaces announced it’s developing Encore, a next-generation library interface, or discovery services platform, which is designed to provide a more unified approach to finding information resources.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (May 2006). Innovative undaunted

Innovative Interfaces, second ranked company in the industry after SirsiDynix, has delivered its own steady stream of accomplishments so far this year. Recent sales of the Millennium ILS include the Oakland Public Library in California, Texas State University—San Marcos in Texas, Jinan University in China, Bibliothèque Méjanes in France, and the Université François-Rabelais de Tours Information Services also in France.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (June 2005). Innovative wins Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech, the original development site for the VTLS automation system, announced that will it migrate its libraries to Millennium from Innovative Interfaces.With this selection, Innovative shores up its lead among the prestigious members of the Association of Research Libraries to 37 out of the 123 total.


(October 16, 2001). Innovative announces transition in Ownership

Innovative Interfaces announced that Jerry Kline, co-founder and CEO, has reached an agreement to purchase the outstanding shares of the company from co-founder Steve Silberstein. Upon closing of the transaction, which is expected by the end of the year, Kline will assume full ownership of the company.


Library Systems Newsletter (June 1997). Innovative purchases SLS

Innovative Interfaces, Inc., purchased SLS Information Systems of Great Britain. SLS has over 700 installations in Europe, including more than 50 in academic libraries. Its primary product is Libertas. SLS was owned by 16 UK universities. Innovative purchased all of the outstanding stock for cash. The deal includes subsidiaries in Scandinavia (Stockholm) and Spain (Madrid) . SLS currently has a staff of 46 people.


Library Systems Newsletter (January 1996). Innovative has record year

Innovative Interfaces had a record year in 1995, signing 100 new-name customers during the year, including 11 academic research libraries and 20 public libraries.


Library Systems Newsletter (September 1993). OhioLink system up and running

OhioLINK is the first in which all activity of the separate local library systems is recorded and displayed immediately in the statewide union catalog. The OhioLINK INNOPAC statewide union catalog went online for the public on November 11, 1992, with 2.4 million bibliographic records from six university libraries, including: Case Western Reserve, Bowling Green, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Central State University and Wright State University.


Library Systems Newsletter (July 1993). Innopac enters the European market

The European University Institute's recent installation of the INNOPAC library automation system marks the entry of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., into the European market. Innovative Interfaces systems are now installed in more than 340 libraries in six countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and Italy.


Library Systems Newsletter (November 1992). Bob Walton joins Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Bob Walton will join Innovative Interfaces, Inc. as Executive Vice President and will serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer, including responsibility for marketing, sales, and administration.



Innovative Interfaces, Inc. News

Saturday Aug 19, 2017

All 802 Press Releases from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

10 most recent items:


July 25, 2017. San Diego State University provides expansive access to consortial resources, powered by Innovative resource sharing technology. Innovative Interfaces announced that San Diego State University Library and Information Access (SDSU) has committed to using Innovative Resource Sharing, the consortial borrowing system of choice for member libraries in the San Diego Circuit. <<more>>


July 19, 2017. Innovative Delivers Market-Leading Digital Asset Management with Responsive Web Experience in Vital Release 8.0. Innovative Interfaces has launched Vital Release 8.0 with a new fully responsive user interface that provides instant access to important repositories from any device. Vital, Innovative’s digital asset management solution, allows libraries and other institutions to create a beautiful and easy-to-use digital repository for the many unique objects in their collections. <<more>>


July 13, 2017. Proctor Library at Flagler College implements Innovative Solution, joining a host of academic libraries in Florida. Innovative Interfaces announced that Proctor Library at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, has moved to the Sierra integrated library system (ILS) and Encore Duet discovery solution for their library management needs. <<more>>


July 7, 2017. Innovative Responsive PowerPAC gives patrons modern, flexible mobile access in Polaris Release 5.5. Innovative Interfaces launched the Polaris Release 5.5 with a configurable, responsive PowerPAC to provide patrons with a consistent experience using any type of device for catalog access. <<more>>


June 29, 2017. West Baton Rouge Parish Library Opens New Patron Possibilities With Implementation of Innovative Library Solution. Innovative Interfaces announced that West Baton Rouge Parish Library in Louisiana now benefits from strengthened workflow efficiencies and expanded functionality with a fully implemented Polaris integrated library system. <<more>>


June 28, 2017. Innovative strengthens Sierra with new Holdshelf Architecture and increased open integration options in Sierra Release 3.1. Innovative Interfaces has strengthened the Sierra integrated library system with a re-designed holdshelf architecture and increased open integration options to provide libraries with more flexibility through an open, seamless solution. <<more>>


June 22, 2017. Over 150 library partners leverage the Innovative Open Library Stack for Cloud-based, Multi-tenant Applications. Innovative Interfaces announced that the cloud-based, multi-tenant Innovative Open Library Stack (IOLS) now serves more than 150 library systems. <<more>>


June 16, 2017. Nationwide Public Library System in Ireland with over 300 locations now live on a single Innovative system. Innovative Interfaces announced that the final implementation phase of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities is now live on Sierra. This project completion ensures single access for all library members to over 15 million items in 333 libraries. <<more>>


June 9, 2017. Cooperative Computer Services latest library consortium in the Greater Chicago Area to choose Innovative. Innovative Interfaces announced that Cooperative Computer Services has selected the Polaris integrated library system to serve 24 public libraries across the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. With 1.1 million bibliographic records, CCS provides access to technology support and learning to more than 800,000 patrons combined. Over 60 staff members participated in the process to select an automation solution that would increase staff mobile access and opportunities for patron engagement, while delivering an optimal patron experience across multiple devices. <<more>>


June 1, 2017. Poplar Creek Public Library District selects Innovative to enhance patron experience. Innovative Interfaces announced the Poplar Creek Public Library District in Illinois has selected Polaris as their integrated library system. <<more>>