Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, today announces the kickoff of IUG2016, the 24th Innovative Users Group (IUG) conference held in San Francisco.
This conference brings together libraries from all over the world, with a notably higher number of library professionals in attendance than recent years past. Through March 18th, nearly 950 attendees from 15 countries will participate in over 150 sessions presented by their colleagues and Innovative staff.
The conference begins with opening remarks by Eeva Stierwalt, IUG Chair and Integrated Library System Solutions Specialist at London Public Library. Accompanying Eeva is Don Levy, a media, entertainment, and technology consultant who has been at the forefront of the entertainment industry’s digital transformation. Levy will deliver the keynote presentation, addressing the topic “Wide Open: On Culture, Literacy and the Challenge of Change.”
Engagement and collaboration are front and center at IUG2016, providing attendees with countless opportunities to interact with other library professionals and Innovative staff throughout the three-day event. Among these discussions will include best practices for setting up libraries for success, streamlining workflows, resource sharing, Linked Data initiatives, and product roadmaps across the entire Innovative portfolio.
“One of the most valuable elements of the IUG conference is our ability to network with colleagues and learn best practices that we can take back home to our libraries,” said Stierwalt. “We come together to share our success stories, collaborate on areas needing improvement, and truly become one unified group that is passionate about serving our communities.”
A fundamental part of IUG is the Crystal Awards ceremony, which celebrates those who have attended 15 IUG annual conferences. The 2016 honorees are: Eleanor Annis, University of Northern British Columbia; John De La Fontaine, Occidental College; Robert Garzillo, Rhode Island School of Design; Andrea Kappler, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library; Sylvia Lee, Washington County Cooperative Library Services; Riin Olonen, Estonian Libraries Network Consortium; Nancy Sexton, Emmet O’Neal Library; Barbara Szalkowski, South Texas College of Law; Lisa Weber, University of Texas at El Paso; and Brad Westmoreland, St Tammany Parish Library.
For more information about the Innovative Users Group, visit the IUG website.
The Innovative Users Group (IUG) was formally organized in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries that use Innovative’s integrated library software products. The organization is independent from Innovative, and is led by the Steering Committee whose members are elected by the general membership. All members of the Steering Committee volunteer their services to the organization. In addition to archiving all conference presentation materials, the IUG maintains a website (www.innovativeusers.org) that also includes an Online Clearinghouse of member-developed resources including tutorials, scripts, training documents, and promotional materials. These resources represent a level of customer involvement and support unmatched in the library technology arena.