Launch of Sierra at Umm Al-Qura University Demonstrates Continued Success in Saudi Arabia


Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, demonstrates continued success in Saudi Arabia with the recent launch of Sierra at Umm Al-Qura University, joining four other institutions who have selected Innovative over the past year.

These libraries, including Arab East Colleges, Bisha University, Buraydah Private Colleges, and King Abdullah Medical City, all selected Innovative’s feature-rich, open services platform for an enhanced patron experience and management solution.

The open systems architecture of Sierra ensures Innovative library partners have access to flexible workflows and an open, scalable, and extensible solution to serve their communities of researchers, students, and faculty.

“More than 5000 libraries across the globe operate on Sierra…” stresses Dr. Nasser bin Rajeh bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani, Vice-Dean for Library Technical Affairs at Umm Al-Qura University. “Sierra operates in a high-tech environment based on the cutting-edge technology and the internationally recognized standards in the field. With its detailed analytics on information resources usage, library budget and patron trends, the system allows library managers to make informed decisions regarding proper allocation of library budget and title acquisition. In addition, as online information resources form the bulk of library collections, Sierra ensures seamless management via a single integrated platform and a unified interface.”

“Innovative is honored to provide the modern, open technology of Sierra to our Saudi Arabia library partners to serve students, faculty, and the community more effectively,” shares Bill Schickling, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Innovative. “We’ve experienced great success so far, and we hope to continue building upon this momentum as we look forward to the rest of this year.”

For more information on the Sierra Library Services Platform, visit the Innovative website.

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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.