Innovative Cloud Platform Transforms Library Workflows and Patron Experiences


Cloud-based solutions built on the Innovative Open Library Stack satisfy the library’s growing need for sustainable, collaborative, and personalized solutions

Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, continues to transform library workflows and patron experiences by releasing cloud-based solutions built on the Innovative Open Library Stack (IOLS).

Innovative launched an evolutionary approach to product development in 2015, with the Innovative Open Library Stack serving as the backbone of all next-generation cloud solutions. A robust, shared services cloud platform, the IOLS allows for the cost-effective sharing and management of resources in a seamless, safe, and secure manner. By supporting the shift to web-based services, libraries are able to keep pace with technology advancements and dramatically improve the library experience for users and staff.

“With over 9,000 library partners worldwide, each one unique to the next, we have a responsibility to provide scalable, reliable products and services to best meet each library’s needs,” said James Tallman, Chief Executive Officer at Innovative. “We have built our cloud platform for library success, ensuring our products and enhancements strategically align with our library partners’ goals today and in the future.”

Since the launch of the IOLS last year, the company has shipped six releases, including three versions of Mobile Worklists, the MyLibrary! mobile application, and two products currently in beta: Knowledge Base and Direct to INN-Reach APIs for resource sharing within Polaris and Leap. These strategic enhancements are all built using the IOLS, and library partners who adopt these and future Innovative products will benefit from:
•Increased efficiencies and improved workflows across all library operations
•Cost savings to redirect spending to content and other library services
•Timely access to IT functionality and automated software updates
•Greater opportunities for collaboration and access to a wider range of materials due to Innovative’s unique resource sharing tools
•Stronger engagement and an improved user experience for their patrons

Most importantly, enabling these products allow library staff to shift resources from managing technology to focusing time and attention on their users.

“Multi-tenancy is valuable cloud functionality because it provides easier access to data, a simplified workflow, and reduced costs,” said Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President at Innovative. “While financial peace of mind is important, we believe it goes far beyond that and the true focus should be on sustaining libraries. Sustainability is not just about cost savings today, but how you can run your library today and in the long-run.”

“Marmot libraries currently use several of Innovative’s cloud services,” said Jimmy Thomas, Executive Director, Marmot Library Network. “The benefits of agile software development and responding to evolving needs in a mobile environment are clear, and we are enthusiastic about Innovative’s overall cloud strategy, direction and execution.”

More than fifty library systems are live on Innovative cloud-based solutions built on the IOLS, and with new functionality soon to be released, the company anticipates far greater adoption in the near future. For more information, visit the Innovative website.

About Innovative

Innovative ( provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, corporate, and special libraries, and consortia. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence – serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide.