Innovative Interfaces

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Innovative Interfaces, Inc
Private
Industry Software
Founded 1978 (Berkeley, California)
Founders Jerry Kline
Headquarters Emeryville, California, USA
Key people
James Tallman, CEO
Products Library automation software
Website www.iii.com
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.'s headquarters in Emeryville

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (abbreviated III) is a software company specializing in integrated systems for library management. Their key products include Sierra, Polaris, Millennium, and Virtua,[1] with customers in 66 countries.[2]

The company's software is used by various types of libraries including academic, public, school, medical, law, and special libraries as well as consortia. In September 2014 Sierra was installed at 1494 libraries (with 3435 facilities),[3] Polaris at 1339 (with 2808 facilities),[4] Millennium at 1316 (with 2640 facilities),[3] and Virtua at 224 (with 490 facilities).[5]

Founded in 1978 by Jerry Kline and Steve Silberstein in Berkeley, California, the initial product was a system to interface OCLC data with a library's cataloging system.[6] Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity invested in the company in 2012,[7] the same year Kim Massana, formerly president of Thomson Reuters Elite, was appointed CEO.[8] The equity firms purchased the company outright the next year.[9] Backed by the new investors, a wave of hiring increased staff in 2013.[10] The company also made several acquisitions within the next two years: SkyRiver Technology Solutions (which maintains partnerships with 3M, EBSCO Information Services, OverDrive, Inc., and Bibliotheca),[10][11] Polaris Library Systems,[12] and VTLS Inc.[13] Bert Winemiller took over as CEO for a brief period in 2015[14] before the company named James Tallman as their new CEO in January 2016.[15]

III's interface for library users is the Encore Discovery Solution that provides web searching and access of library resources along with features such as ranked relevancy, facets to focus searches, tagging, ratings, and book reviews.[16]

Innovative Users Group

Formed in 1991 as an independent organization, the Innovative Users Group serves the libraries that use the company's software. The Innovative Users Group organizes an annual conference, organizes ballots for user-submitted enhancements, and maintains the IUG Clearinghouse for users to share tutorials, scripts, guides, and other resources created to better use the software.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Innovative Interfaces - Our Products". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Innovative Acquires VTLS and Now Serves Libraries in 66 Countries". Innovative Interfaces website. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Innovative Interfaces, Inc. company profile". Library Technology Guides. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Polaris company profile". Library Technology Guides. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "VTLS company profile". Library Technology Guides. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Celebrating its silver anniversary, Innovative Interfaces, Inc. is both elder and edgy". Library Journal. 1 September 2004. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Two Equity Firms Make Investment in Innovative Interfaces No Management Changes". Library Journal. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Innovative Interfaces Names Kim Massana CEO". Library Journal. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Innovative Interfaces Founder Sells Remaining Interest in Company to Private Equity". Library Journal. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "IIIs New CEO Calls for Greater Collaboration/". Library Journal. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Innovative Interfaces, Bibliotheca Announce Strategic Partnership". Library Journal. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ Enis, Matt. "Innovative Acquires Polaris Library Systems". The Digital Shift. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Enis, Matt. "Innovative Acquires VTLS". The Digital Shift. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Kim Massana No Longer CEO at Innovative Interfaces". infoDOCKET. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ Price, Gary. "Innovative Names James Tallman New Chief Executive Officer". LJ INFOdocket. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "Innovative Interfaces - Encore Discovery Solution Products". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "IUG history". IUG. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 

External links

  • Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Home Page
  • Home Page of the Innovative Users Group, an independent organization of users of the Innovative software
  • List of current Encore libraries
  • “Automation Marketplace 2013: The Rush to Innovate.” Library Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  • “Automation Marketplace 2012: Agents of Change.” Library Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  • "Innovative Announces New ILS, with Eye Toward Accessible Data." Library Journal (May 2011) Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Automation Marketplace 2010: New Models, Core Systems.” Library Journal. Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Investing in The Future: Automation Marketplace 2009.” Library Journal Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Automation System Marketplace 2008: Opportunity Out of Turmoil.” Library Journal Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Automation System Marketplace 2007: An Industry Redefined.” Library Journal Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Automation System Marketplace 2006: Reshuffling the Deck.” Library Journal Retrieved September 21, 2011.
  • “Innovative to Introduce Encore.” Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2006) Retrieved September 21, 2011.
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