Members of Innovative's Senior Management and sales staff journeyed to South Africa to participate in the Library and Information Association of South Africa's (LIASA) 14th Annual Conference. A group of 20 library directors met with the Innovative team at LIASA and had a lively exchange about library technology and the progress of the company's South African customers.
A special presentation was given by Neil Block, Chief Sales Officer; Graham Woodruff, Senior Customer Sales Consultant; and Maryvonne Enjolras, Vice President of Sales for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. The group acknowledged the success of the South East Academic Libraries System (SEALS) Consortium, whose member libraries are the first in the nation to go live on the Sierra Services Platform. Innovative staff also gave a presentation on the latest features of Sierra to the assembled group.
Says Block: "We have a long-standing commitment to libraries and consortia in South Africa. As the only vendor sending staff to the Conference, we hope that the face-to-face meeting with library directors was beneficial to them."
Along with SEALS Consortium, Innovative serves over 30 libraries in South Africa, including Gauteng and Environs Library Consortium (GAELIC) Consortium, National Library of South Africa, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, and University of South Africa.
An image of Innovative staff and LIASA attendee Robert Pearce, Director of Library and Information Services at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, has been posted on Facebook.
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Innovative (iii.com) creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company’s versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative’s commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.