Innovative Interfaces

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Innovative Interfaces, Inc
Private
Industry Software
Founded 1978 (Berkeley, California)
Founders Jerry Kline and Steve Silberstein
Headquarters Emeryville, California, USA
Key people
Kim Massana, 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] SkyRiver Technology Solutions was acquired by Innovative Interfaces; the company maintains partnerships with 3M, EBSCO Information Services, OverDrive, Inc., and Bibliotheca.[10][11]

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.[12]

Innovative Users Group[edit]

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.[13]

References[edit]

  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 "Innovative Interfaces Bibliotheca Announce Strategic Partnership". Library Journal. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Innovative Interfaces - Encore Discovery Solution Products". Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ "IUG history". IUG. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 

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