Emeryville, CAInnovative announced today that thirteen leading academic and public libraries have entered into agreements to be partners in the company’s Encore development initiative. The collaborating institutions are Binghamton University [SUNY] (NY), Deakin University (Australia), Deschutes Public Library (OR), Georgetown University (DC), Michigan State University, Nashville Public Library (TN), Scottsdale Public Library System (AZ), Springfield-Greene County Library (MO), the Tri-College Library Consortium (PA), University of Glasgow (Scotland), the University of Queensland Library (Australia), Westerville Public Library (OH), and Yale University’s Lillian Goldman Law Library (CT). The Encore discovery services platform transforms the user experience of the library with expanded search functionality, community features, and a rich presentation that includes federated-search results and contextual resource suggestions. Encore is scheduled for release in mid-2007.

Suliang Feng, Technical Services Administrator at Nashville Public Library envisions Encore as a way to go beyond previous library-access models and use new technologies to create an effective presence for the library. Says Feng: “I’m quite interested in exploring models outside of the online catalog that help patrons find what they need, especially when they don’t have the necessary knowledge, terminology, or search expertise to discover all that the library has to offer.”

Feng says that his library will work with Innovative to make Encore a highly visual and intuitive tool that creates a new experience for patrons who are coming to the library with new assumptions and expectations. “Encore elements like community feedback, faceted searching, book images, and so on cater to ‘digital natives’ who have grown up using the Internet. In addition, presenting a number of helpful options of different types will offer patrons the kind of back-and-forth interaction and expanded possibilities that is a key part of traditional reference.”

Michigan State University’s Assistant Director of Technical Services Nancy Fleck sees Innovative as the preferred partner for developing and delivering this next-generation library tool: “We wanted to work with Innovative on a project like this because of their history of creating quality products that are ahead of the curve. We also won’t need more programming support to make a new technology like Encore happen. As with our past development partnerships with Innovative we are confident that they will listen to us and see us through the entire project.”

“This opportunity to bring the best techniques in website design, search technology, and findability to library patrons is tremendously exciting,” says Encore Product Manager Dinah Sanders. “We’re all looking forward to working closely with a great team of partners that includes different types and sizes of libraries.”

Development will first focus on Encore’s user experience with features such as simultaneous search of WebPAC Pro and Research Pro, Best Bets, integration of external content, and faceted result display of metadata based on controlled vocabulary and other MARC-record content. About Binghamton University Libraries Binghamton University Libraries (NY) are the center of the University’s intellectual community, providing a welcoming environment for the creation and management of knowledge through innovative thinking, open inquiry, and collaborative partnerships. The Glenn G. Bartle Library houses collections in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and computer sciences. Special Collections and University Archives are also in Bartle. The Science Library, located in the midst of the university science complex, serves the pure and applied sciences and houses the map collection. The Libraries’ collections include: 2,285,885 volumes (including print volumes, government documents, and electronic books; 36,431 journal holdings; 119,554 maps; and 141 electronic databases).

About Deakin University Library

Deakin University Library is central to the intellectual and social life of Deakin University, and pivotal to teaching, learning, and research. The Library provides information resources and services to the University community (2,500 staff and 30,000 students) across five campuses. Services are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse range of borrowers and are delivered in real and virtual environments. Campus Library services are available on campus seven days-a-week. Online library services are available 24 hours-a-day. The Library is critical to providing excellent learning experiences for students studying on campus, off campus, and online.

About the Deschutes Public Library

The Deschutes Public Library (OR) is a window to the world of reading, learning, and information, and serves citizens of all ages throughout Deschutes County. Getting the right information to the right person at the right time is our primary mission. The Library consists of five branches located in Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, and the Sunriver Area. The Library’s Administration office is headquartered in the old Bend Public Library on Wall Street in Bend. Considered one of the fastest growing areas in Oregon, the Deschutes Public Library serves a population of approximately 140,000 people. The Library’s bookmobile service, The Book Buggy, serves the rural communities within the County and focuses primarily on children and parenting materials. Circulation throughout the library service area has increased dramatically during the last three years. More than 1.6 million items were circulated this past year.

About the Georgetown University Library

The Georgetown University Library (DC) consists of Lauinger Library and Blommer Science Library, the latter located in the Reiss Science Building. Lauinger serves as the center for the following: the Durkin Collection, the McGhee Collection, the McGhee Center Collection in Alanya, Turkey, the Villa Le Balze Collection in Fiesole, Italy, the Woodstock Theological Center Library (one of the oldest and most notable Catholic theological library collections in the United States), and the Riggs Library. Lauinger Library shares its cataloging facilities with the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature, which serves as the library for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Other Georgetown University Libraries include Dahlgren Medical Library and the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library.

About Michigan State University Libraries

Michigan State University has a number of libraries on campus, including the Main Library and branch libraries such as the Business Library and the Engineering Library. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Libraries hold over 4.5 million volumes, 33,000 magazine and journal subscriptions, 200,000 maps, 40,000 sound recordings, and provides access to hundreds of electronic resources.

About Nashville Public Library

Although Nashville’s library history can be traced back to 1813. It was the late 1800s when Nashville established its first public library. Currently, the Nashville Public Library boasts a 300,000-square-foot downtown Main Library and 20 separate branches that offer more than 1.9 million circulating items. Their special collections cover local history, oral history, and genealogy, while other services include 24/7 reference assistance, more than 600 public-use computers, and free exhibits and programs including the literature-based marionette show by Wishing Chair Productions seen by nearly 5,000 children each month.

About the Scottsdale Public Library System

The Scottsdale Public Library System (AZ) links residents with resources and people worldwide. Care is taken to ensure that residents from all racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds receive materials, services, and programs that meet their unique needs. Quality customer service is our highest priority and all service and resource allocation decisions will be made with the customers’ needs in mind.

About the Springfield-Greene County Library District

Known for its themed destination libraries, the Springfield-Greene County Library District bookends this southwest Missouri county on the north and south with the award-winning Library Center and Library Station. The District also includes six other branch facilities and a bookmobile. Sixty-seven per cent of the people in Greene County are registered for Library cards, and the public library system circulates 2 million materials each year.

About the Tri-College Library Consortium

The Tri-College Library Consortium consists of three Pennsylvania Main Line private liberal arts colleges: Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College. The consortium allows students to cross register for courses at the other colleges. Haverford enjoys an especially close relationship with Bryn Mawr. The two schools share a student newspaper and radio station and have a fairly integrated student life. The purpose of a consortium is to provide the specialization, flexibility and personal attention commonly found in a small college, with the resources of a larger university.

About the University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s leading universities with an international reputation for its research and teaching and an important role in the cultural and commercial life of the country. With almost 16,000 undergraduate and 4,000 postgraduate students, it is one of the country’s largest universities. Firmly rooted in the West of Scotland from where it recruits 50% of its students, the University of Glasgow is nevertheless an international institution, attracting students from 80 countries and sending large numbers of students on study periods abroad. The University is a member of the Russell Group of major research-led universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting world-wide standards for higher education.

About the University of Queensland Library

The University of Queensland Library’s mission is to link people with information, enabling the University of Queensland to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research, and community service. We pride ourselves on the range and quality of the services and facilities we provide to the University community. UQ Library has one of the largest collections among academic libraries in Australia and by far the largest in Queensland, including: over 2.5 million volumes, 11,000 print journals and 46,000 electronic journals, nearly 900 networked databases, 365,000 e-books, 31,000 videos, a comprehensive quick reference collectionand extensive manuscript, microform, and pictorial collections. Our collections are backed up by a comprehensive information and computer skills training program, as well as individual advice and help in person, by telephone, on the website, and through email or online chat.

About Westerville Public Library

The staff, trustees and volunteers of the Westerville Public Library remain dedicated to the mission to Deliver the Future. The Library became the first public library in Ohio to offer Internet access to patrons in 1994. In 1999, the Westerville received national recognition when Hennen’s American Public Library Rating Index rated 9,000 libraries and named Westerville Public Library No. 1 library in the nation among those serving populations of 50,000 to 99,999. Each of the last eight years, the Library has rated in the top five nationwide in this survey category. About Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library The Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School provides community and visiting scholars from around the globe with ready access to one of the world’s finest collections of print and online legal resources. With over a million volumes in print and microform, and approximately 10,000 active serial titles, the breadth of the collection is exceptional. Special strengths of the collection include materials emphasizing law and the social sciences, and a 200,000-volume foreign and international law collection.

About Innovative Interfaces

For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library technology platform, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative’s products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.

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