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Innovative and bibliotheca Announce Strategic Alliance Focused on Integration of Technology Solutions for Libraries

Innovative, a leading provider of library services platforms, and bibliotheca, a leader in RFID and bar-code based technology solutions, announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance that will enhance integration of the companies’ products to create value-added offerings to library customers worldwide.

Under the terms of the agreement Innovative will have rights to directly resell bibliotheca’s RFID systems to Innovative customers around the world, including the Americas, Europe and Australia.

The two companies agreed to work jointly to identify and develop technology initiatives that provide leading-edge connectivity between their respective product lines. The agreement also allows Innovative to market the bibliotheca products under the “triple I” brand and establishes a more formal working relationship between the respective companies’ marketing, support and consulting organizations that will eliminate many of the frustrations commonly associated with operating and integrating separate ILS and RFID technologies.

“bibliotheca has set the standard for RFID solutions for libraries and we are very pleased to be partnering with them to improve connectivity between our products,” says Kim Massana, CEO of Innovative. “Our ultimate goal in establishing this partnership is to streamline the experience of library users and create seamless technology solutions for our customers.”

“Innovative is viewed around the world as a leader in library automation solutions and we’re very proud to have them offering our entire product suite to their customers,” says Jim Hopwood, Group Managing Director of bibliotheca. “We’re excited to be collaborating with the Innovative team to provide leading-edge connectivity between our solutions and their library services platform.”

Innovative’s flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. More than 1,500 libraries worldwide have chosen Sierra, solidifying Innovative’s position as the global market leader in library technology.

The bibliotheca product line, led by the industry-leading and award-winning liber8™ touch screen experience, has now been deployed in over 1,000 customers around the US and in excess of 4,000 globally. The combination of patron-facing features, and direct interaction with the Sierra platform will now create an unparalleled user experience for library users and staff alike.

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Customers are supported through a 24/7/52 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. A recognized leader in library automation software, Innovative has introduced technological advancements for over 30 years. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. Keep up with Innovative on the CEO INN-Sights blog at blog.iii.com.

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