Emeryville, CA—Innovative announced today that 25 leading academic and public libraries have entered into agreements to be partners in or early implementers of the company’s Sierra development initiative. Included in the group are collaborating institutions such as Central Arkansas Library System (AR), Council Bluffs Public Library (IA), Gardner-Webb University (NC), The George Washington University Law School (DC), Greene County Public Library (OH), Grinnell College (IA), Hillsdale College (MI), Hope College (MI), Indianhead Federated Library System (WI), Jefferson County Public Library (CO), Lafayette College (PA), London Public Library (Canada), Marquette University (WI), Mentor Public Library (OH), Michigan State University (MI), Middle Country Public Library (NY), Texas Southern University Law (TX), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE), University of Notre Dame Law School (IN), Wright State University (OH), and Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School (CT).
The Sierra Services Platform will provide complete, customizable ILS functionality with the power and scale of modern software architecture. Built on a foundation of “open services,” Sierra will provide all the benefits of a modern library-services system including fully developed, stable library workflows on which thousands of libraries rely. At the same time, Sierra is designed with unmatched flexibility built in to meet changing needs of libraries and their users. Sierra’s beta launch is scheduled for late 2011.
Development will first focus on the new integrated staff application that simplifies the routine functions and provides a role-based interface from which critical library functions can be managed. The initial release will also include exposure of the industry-compliant PostgreSQL database and Lucene™ index structures. In addition to the functionality and services that Sierra offers, developers will be able to think up new advancements on their own with Sierra’s Developer Sandbox and Developer’s Community.
Innovative is working with all its Sierra libraries to ensure that the transition to Sierra will be as smooth as possible. For libraries using other ILS systems, Innovative’s professional services team will design, deploy, and scale a solution that fits the specific needs of the library including new services and training programs tailored to the new functionality of Sierra.