Innovative Interfaces, Inc. News

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

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July 22, 2014. Upper Hudson Library System (NY) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Upper Hudson Library System has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. UHLS is a cooperative consortium of the 29 public libraries serving the 450,000 residents of Albany and Rensselaer Counties. The combined collections accessible through the UHLS shared catalog feature over 1.5 million items and include more than 30,000 digital items. <<more>>

July 16, 2014. New Encore 4.4 Release expands content and community integration. Innovative announced that Encore 4.4 is now in general release, and includes integration of eBooks supplied by OverDrive, ChiliFresh ratings and reviews, new EBSCO Discovery Service integration features for Encore Duet, and new customization of the user experience. Encore is the premier discovery solution for both academic and public libraries, offering single search functionality for the entire collection in real time. <<more>>

July 15, 2014. The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) expands visionary service with Innovative and EBSCO Information Services. The Library of Michigan has implemented Encore Duet as a unified discovery-to-discovery tool for its digital library, the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). Included are large and diverse print collections, digital repositories, as well as articles from Gale Cengage Learning and eBooks provided by EBSCO Information Services. Innovative and EBSCO Discovery Service partnered to harvest and index MeL’s digital repositories to tightly integrate with Encore Duet browse results and the sophisticated facet scheme offered by EDS. Libraries that purchase Encore Duet are combining the best of the best resources from Innovative and EBSCO to provide end users with a unique discovery experience. <<more>>

July 14, 2014. Thirteen Sierra systems go live in two-week period. Innovative announced that 13 Sierra Library Services Platform systems have gone live in the most recent two-week period. <<more>>

July 14, 2014. Baker and Taylor announces Axis 360 API integration now available for Innovative's Polaris ILS. Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announced today that API integration between its Axis 360 digital media platform and Innovative’s Polaris ILS has been completed, achieving a new milestone in simplified patron experience and digital library administration benefits. <<more>>

July 10, 2014. Top-rated Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) selects SkyRiver cataloging service. Innovative announced that Cuyahoga County Public Library has selected SkyRiver, Innovative's comprehensive cataloging service offering unprecedented record quality and ease of use. The library's collection includes more than three million physical items, eBooks, and electronic databases. CCPL ranks among the top US public libraries, earning the Library Journal Five-Star rating for five consecutive years and topping the nation's large urban library systems in per-capita circulation for four consecutive years. <<more>>

July 2, 2014. Innovative's VTLS-MozGo Mobile App adds support for 8th Language, Bahasa Malaysia . Innovative announced that support for the Bahasa Malaysia language is now available in VTLS-MozGo, the patron mobile app for IOS and Android. Today's release adds the 8th language to VTLS-MozGo, which also supports English, Arabic, Catalan, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian languages. <<more>>

July 1, 2014. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne selects Encore Duet. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, administratively attached to the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, one of the most prestigious universities in France, has selected EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative's Encore Duet as its discovery platform. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne has been an Innovative customer since 2001 as well as an EBSCO customer for about the same time. <<more>>

June 26, 2014. Irving Public Library (TX), Pleasant Hill Public Library (IA), and Urbandale Public Library (IA) choose Polaris ILS. Innovative announced that 3 public libraries have selected the Polaris Integrated Library System: Irving Public Library (TX) is moving from SirsiDynix Symphony and has an annual circulation of 1,377,286 with 531,380 print holdings; Pleasant Hill Public Library (IA) is moving from Follett Destiny and has an annual circulation of 87,472 with 37,427 print holdings, and Urbandale Public Library (IA) is moving from SirsiDynix Symphony and has an annual circulation of 644,028 with 130,897 print holdings. <<more>>

June 26, 2014. Innovative expands EMEA HQ in Dublin. Innovative is adding 25 new jobs at its EMEA HQ in Dublin, bringing employment to 50 by the end 2015. The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. <<more>>

June 18, 2014. Texas A&M University - Central Texas selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Texas A&M University - Central Texas (TAMCT) has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and will migrate from an Evergreen system. The Central Texas campus joins other Texas A&M campuses that are current Innovative customers: Commerce, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and Texarkana. The TAMCT library holds over 80,000 books and over 350,000 eBooks and e-journals. <<more>>

June 12, 2014. McDougall named Director of Operations for EMEA. Innovative announced that Grant McDougall has been named Director of Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with responsibility for management of Innovative's growing operations throughout the region. <<more>>

June 11, 2014. Ferguson Library (CT) selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that The Ferguson Library (CT) has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The Library circulates one million items each year and holds nearly a half-million titles. The library is migrating from a Koha© system provide by LibLime. <<more>>

June 11, 2014. Three Universities in North Carolina upgrade to Sierra Library Services Platform. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem), and the University of North Carolina Wilmington have all selected the Sierra Library Services Platform, and will migrate from Innovative's Millennium ILS. Their libraries hold 370,900; 110,000; and 962,717 volumes respectively. <<more>>

June 5, 2014. Fifteen Libraries Go Live on Sierra Library Services Platform in Just One Month. Innovative announced that 15 libraries in the US, Europe, and Asia have gone live on the Sierra Library Services Platform in a one-month period. The group represents academic, public, and special libraries. <<more>>

May 29, 2014. Harper Adams University (UK) selects Sierra and Encore Duet . Innovative announced that Harper Adams University in the UK has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform and Encore Duet. The library holds 50,000 items and is migrating from an Alto system provided by the Capita Group. <<more>>

May 24, 2014. Eighteen Sierra Systems Go Live in Four-Week Period. Innovative announced that 18 Sierra Library Services Platform systems representing 19 libraries have gone live in the most recent four-week period. These libraries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America include those upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS, as well as migrating from Horizon, Koha, and Symphony systems. <<more>>

May 19, 2014. Sales of Polaris LEAP stronger than ever after Innovative acquisition . Innovative announced that 70 libraries have committed to the LEAP responsive web interface for Polaris ILS, including 45 libraries that purchased the product since April 1, the date that Innovative and Polaris announced their integration. Boston Public Library, Baltimore County Public Library, and Phoenix Public Library are among the public libraries, school libraries, and library systems throughout the United States that will debut LEAP when it is rolled out later this year. <<more>>

May 13, 2014. Greater Sudbury Public Library (Canada) upgrades to Sierra Library Services Platform . Innovative announced that Greater Sudbury Public Library has upgraded to the Sierra Library Services Platform. GSPL holds over 400,000 items and circulates nearly one million items each year. Half of the city's population has a library card and can access library services at any of 13 branches. Previously GSPL used Innovative's Millennium ILS. <<more>>

May 12, 2014. Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) selects Encore Duet. Innovative announced that Mid-Hudson Library System selected Encore Duet, which offers patrons a single search of local books and digital collections, as well as content from EBSCO Discovery Service that brings users the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and eBooks available. The 66 libraries that comprise MHLS provide access to more than 2.3 million items and circulate more than 4 million items each year. Encore Duet integrates harmoniously with the Sierra Library Services Platform provided by Innovative. <<more>>

May 8, 2014. WISPALS Library Consortium selects Sierra Library Services Platform. WISPALS Library Consortium, a group of academic libraries in Wisconsin serving over 50,000 students, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The membership includes 11 colleges representing 29 libraries and provides over half a million items to their campuses. The members are Chippewa Valley Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, North Central Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, Western Technical College, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. <<more>>

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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
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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


  • Kim Massana -- Chief Executive Officer
  • Bryan Urquhart -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Marina Keating -- Vice President of Professional Services
  • Gene Shimshock -- Senior Vice President, Global Marketing
  • Christopher Le Blanc -- Senior Vice President of Global Sales
  • Bill Schickling -- Vice President of Public Library Products
  • Jay Shankar -- Senior Vice President of Services and Support
  • Hilary Newman -- Senior Vice President, Product Development
  • Satyadeep Prasanna -- Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
  • Maryvonne Enjolras -- Vice President Sales, Europe, Africa, and Middle East
  • Doug Kaplan -- Vice President Global Alliances and Partnerships
  • Hitesh Soni -- Vice President of Services
  • Doug Randall -- Vice President of Product Technology
  • Steve Nielsen -- Vice President, Strategic Accounts at Innovative Interfaces

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 (1358 libraries, 3041 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 955
    Academic libraries: 309
    School libraries: 6
    3 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Millennium (1432 libraries, 2976 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 492
    Academic libraries: 666
    School libraries: 23
    1641 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 6017 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc..

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • WebBridge used in 87 libraries, 220 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Mar 31, 2014   Innovative Interfaces acquires Polaris Library Systems.
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.
Mar 1, 2012   Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity make strategic investments in Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver.
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.

Key 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). 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 ( that its Encore discovery platform would be enhanced to include new article integration capabilities (, 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.