IUG 2022: Celebrating 30 Years of Collective Accomplishments
From April 5-8, over 1,700 library professionals attended the 30th annual gathering of the Innovative Users Group. Out of an abundance of caution, this celebration was hosted virtually using X-CD Technologies’ cloud-based conference management platform.

IUG 2022 started with an introduction by Trevor Diamond, 2021-2022 IUG Chair, and featured a keynote presentation by New York Times bestselling author David Epstein, who spoke of the benefits of being a generalist in a sea of specialists. Epstein also addressed at length how libraries can help support community members in their learning.

Innovative executives held presentations on our latest library software solutions, including Vega Guide for Discover, Vega Program, and Vega Promote, and the new Vega LX Starter package—which will be available to all Sierra and Polaris libraries as part of their standard subscription/maintenance packages.

The rest of the week was filled with sessions where librarians shared tips on SQL, DIY DEI, inventory options, sysadmin tips and more.

Archival recordings from IUG 2022 will remain available online to attendees via the conference platform, linked at innovativeusers.org through September 30, 2022.
Introducing a Contemporary Approach to Email Circulation Notifications
Recently at IUG 2022, we announced several new patron engagement capabilities, which will launch soon—at no additional cost—for all current Sierra and Polaris ILS customers. These capabilities directly address your requests that we deliver more value as they modernize your approach to handling email circulation notices, patron registration, and patron renewal.

These enhancements will bring you and your library one step closer to a fully integrated ILS-patron engagement environment.

We will share more information about these enhancements shortly.
Plan and Execute Your Library Events with Vega Program
There is a popular adage that’s often attributed to Benjamin Franklin that suggests, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” While the attribution is specious at best; the sentiment holds true—proper planning is paramount to success.

So, how are you planning for your next library event?

Built from the ground up with librarian input,  Vega Program  helps libraries manage the online aspect of the creation, promotion, registration and execution of events. Vega Program simplifies event and room management, while giving library staff the tools they need to successfully orchestrate and advertise their programs to the community.

Curious about Vega Program?  Request a demo  and enjoy your next coffee on us.
Cultivate Positive Community Engagement with Vega Promote
Despite what popular culture might tell you, if you build it, there is no guarantee that they will come. That’s why your library needs the right tools to cultivate community relationships and promote library offerings.

Vega Promote is that tool.

Vega Promote is a digital marketing tool that enables libraries to manage email marketing campaigns, configured for librarians to manage integrated library systems and marketing contacts. The simple, intuitive interface enables library staff to easily design and schedule emails, to communicate at scale with their community and tailor their communications for specific audiences. Promote also includes the ability to insert clickable Vega Discover showcases (book carousels) with book cover images into Promote emails.

To learn more about Vega Promote and its intuitive integration into your ILS, visit iii.com.

The Complete Vega LX Platform at a Glance

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Vega LX is the first library experience platform of its kind. Encompassing a complete suite of modules, it empowers staff to effectively communicate and manage a full range of programs and services for the library community. Vega LX integrates seamlessly with your ILS through Vega Connect, and expands your patron reach and engagement through one or more of these solutions:

Available now:
  • Discover — A user-friendly discovery experience, rolling all formats into a single display
  • Promote — Sends targeted communications to marketing contacts and sub-groups
  • Program — Integrates, manages, and creates library events and room bookings

Coming soon:
  • Interact — Provides two-way communication with patrons via chatbot or digital assistants
  • Analyze — Uses key data to quantify your library’s value and ROI

What People Are Saying

“As the world moves more and more to on-demand services, people expect the same from the library. We want to improve our ability to engage patrons with content and targeted communications, and we believe Vega is the right solution to accomplish that.”
- Maisam Nouh, Information Technology Supervisor at The Ferguson Library in Connecticut.

Additional Resources


Taking The Leap
May 12 @ 11:00 am EDT

This event is part of our Quick Hits webinar series.

Join us for this overview on how to create and maintain bibliographic records in Leap, including copy cataloging techniques.

Engagement Isn’t One Thing, It’s Everything (NA/UK)
May 18 @ 11:00 am EDT

Engagement Isn’t One Thing, It’s Everything (ANZ)
May 19 @ 11:00 am AEST

Latest Blogs

Innovative Expands Patron Engagement Offering with Digital Marketing and Event Management Solutions

Announcing the latest expansion of the Vega Library Experience (LX) platform. Improve patron engagement through Vega Promote for digital marketing and Vega Program for event and room management.

Libraries Can Now Offer Online Users Automated, Personalized Tours with Vega Guide for Discover from Innovative, part of Clarivate

Innovative is pleased to announce the release of Vega Guide for Discover, which allows libraries to easily post announcements and user tours on Vega Discover without coding skills.

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