March 16, 2016

Innovative Advocates for Library Visibility on Semantic Web with Launch of Innovative Linked Data

Library collections and locations to appear in search engine results


Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, today announced the debut of Innovative Linked Data, a new service that will help transform library visibility on the Semantic Web.

Innovative Linked Data leverages the value of existing metadata within the library catalog and resource management system to raise the profile of libraries in web and mobile interactions.

“Community needs are ever-changing, and as new trends and technologies emerge, libraries must continue to evolve to meet these needs,” said James Tallman, Chief Executive Officer at Innovative. “We have a responsibility to ensure our library partners remain sustainable, relevant, and valuable. With Innovative Linked Data, libraries become a destination site for discovery in the community and beyond.”

“Linked Data is a real game-changer for library discovery,” said Chuck Gibson, Director and Chief Executive Officer at Worthington Libraries. "People rely on search engines like Google as a primary resource for finding information and to have library materials show up in their search results exposes us to a much wider audience. With Innovative Linked Data, it doesn’t matter what the starting point is for finding information online—our resources are integrated throughout search results, and now the library is front and center.”

Innovative Linked Data is the result of a development partnership with Zepheira to ensure anyone, anywhere has access library resources. A number of libraries participated in the early phases of Linked Data development with Zepheira—77% of which are Innovative library partners:

  • Arapahoe Library District, Colorado
  • Barrington Area Library, Illinois
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library, Ohio
  • Dallas Public Library, Texas
  • Denver Public Library, Colorado
  • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Indiana
  • Hamilton Public Library, New York
  • Mohawk Valley and Southern Adirondack Library Systems, New York
  • Multnomah County Library, Oregon
  • Phoenix Public Library, Arizona
  • Qatar National Library, Qatar
  • Salt Lake County Library Services, Utah
  • Sno-Isle Libraries, Washington
  • Suffolk Cooperative Library System, New York
  • Tulsa City-County Library, Oklahoma
  • Worthington Libraries, Ohio

Innovative Linked Data is available immediately as a subscription service for Polaris, Sierra, Millennium, and Virtua library systems.

“The Innovative Linked Data service publishes regular updates of library data to the Web, and this constant exposure to search engines will help drive our library partners’ visibility among search results,” said Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President at Innovative. “Innovative Linked Data plays a critical role in the relevance and sustainable discovery of libraries, and catalog content and geographic locations are just the first step in our commitment to strengthen and expand the library user experience.”

For more information, view the Innovative Linked Data FAQ to learn how libraries can become visible on the Semantic Web with Linked Data. 

Emily Bowe
Marketing Manager, Corporate Communications
About Innovative

Innovative ( partners with thousands of libraries of all types to help them achieve success. Serving libraries in 66 countries, the company provides complete library automation solutions that include mobile access, digital asset management, resource sharing, discovery, and reporting tools. Innovative's staff includes nearly 350 library and technology experts, with more than 100 degreed librarians, who stay in close contact with customers through formal development partnerships and conversations at Innovative User Group meetings on four continents. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California with offices in Syracuse, NY; Blacksburg, VA; Dublin, Ireland and beyond.