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    October 22nd, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Norcross, GA– The Integrated Technology Group (ITG), a division of Vernon Library Supplies Inc., added new personnel, new accounts and new products as it continued record growth into the third quarter of 2009.

    New Customer Libraries/Installations:

    During the third quarter, ITG added twelve new customers to its ranks and provided new systems or upgrades to twenty-two existing clients. The Greensboro Public Library (NC) chose ITG, industry leaders in interoperability, for an RFID conversion from Techlogic. They also chose ITG’s VistaSort automated materials handling system to further increase efficiencies. In Ontario, Canada, the Whitby Public Library chose ITG’s inventory and shelf management system, including the Apex RFID PowerReader™ wand and Apex ShelfMaster™ software for use with their existing 3M RFID infrastructure following side-by-side testing. Also new to the ITG family, the Kansas City (KS) Public Library bought thirteen of ITG’s Apex XpressCheck EM countertop units during the quarter. Other new customers included:

    Cleveland Public Library (OH), through strategic partner SirsiDynix
    Logos Evangelical Seminary (CA)
    Longview Public Library (TX), through strategic partner Polaris
    Woodbridge Town Library (CT)
    City of Abilene Public Library (TX)
    Art Circle Public Library (TN)
    City of St. Petersburg (FL)
    Florida Community College (FL)
    Fort Frances Public Library (ONT, CANADA)

    New Personnel

    ITG filled two key positions in the third quarter, naming Robyn Connelly as Marketing Director, and hiring Daniel Iannini as Project Implementation Specialist, supporting a growing list of West Coast customers. ITG’s former Vice President of Marketing, Amy Thropp, had been recently named the company’s first Vice President of Customer Care. Lee Cuthbert also joined the ITG marketing staff, supporting Robyn with a focus on company communications and product support.

    Robyn, based in ITG’s Norcross, Georgia headquarters, is responsible for the execution and management of marketing strategies including interactive, advertising, direct mail, communications and brand positioning. She had been marketing director for her own interactive web development company, Figit, LLC. She was also previously the head of marketing for the Orlando, FL office of Cushman & Wakefield, the world's largest privately-owned commercial real estate firm.

    Daniel is based in Los Angeles, and as Project Implementation Specialist he performs support and installation in the Western and Northern Regions of the US. Before joining ITG, he spent two years as an IT Desktop/On-Site Remote Manager at UBS Investment Bank, and he had been a Field Technician for Micro World for five years.

    New Product Roll-Out

    In July, ITG debuted its new DiaMond RFID/EM combination security pedestals at the American Library Association Annual Conference. Through a partnership with Netherlands firm Dialoc ID, ITG is now able to deliver the first generation of hybrid EM/RFID security systems for libraries, designed for optimal effectiveness in logistics and security.

    ITG also began a full roll-out of its Automated Library Patron Services (ALPS) print and computer management product during the third quarter. The subscription-based service allows for complete management of a public computing environment in one package with no up-front costs or hidden fees. Feature-packed and compatible with most ILS packages, ALPS reduces staff time spent managing the computers and printers.

    Integrated Technology Group Receives 2009 Best of Norcross Award

    In June, The U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) selected Integrated Technology Group for the 2009 Best of Norcross Award in the Business Services category. The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

    About the Integrated Technology Group

    Integrated Technology Group ( develops, markets, and supports library automation technologies that empower librarians to make operations more efficient and better serve their patrons. ITG's products include patron self-checkout, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Automated Materials Handling (AMH) systems, library materials security, public computer reservation, and print management. With over 30 years experience in the library industry, ITG combines smart technology and progressive design to create standard solutions that can be easily customized to meet site-specific requirements. ITG, a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.

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    October 22nd, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    AURORA, COLO. — BCR and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), have agreed to develop a reciprocal continuing education program to complement and expand the training opportunities for the members of both organizations.

    The partnership will combine those areas in which each organization is expert to meet the growing need for libraries to offer new and innovative online continuing education courses while meeting the challenges of the rapidly changing library environment and shrinking budgets.

    BCR brings a professional staff of trainers in traditional librarianship, with broad perspective and experience of both the library and cultural heritage environment, as well as experience in creating, implementing and delivering training courses for the online community. BCR will provide the technical infrastructure to support both online and self-paced learning.

    LITA’s membership base brings an array of expertise in library standards, emerging technologies and best practices that can be utilized to bring practitioners into the forefront for passing on their expertise to the rest of the community. Michelle Frisque, LITA President, said “I am excited by this new partnership with BCR which will allow LITA to provide a wider range of educational opportunities to our members.”

    Beyond the advantages of being able to learn where and when it is most practical, the membership of both organizations will benefit from receiving high-quality instruction immediately applicable to the operation of their libraries, as well as extending the variety of courses available through each organization. All members of the BCR/LITA community will have a unique opportunity for continuing education, from the basics to emerging technologies, taught by high-quality subject matter experts.

    This new partnership is the first time a multistate consortium such as BCR and an ALA division have combined to undertake a broad-based continuing education program for their respective members.

    To submit a proposal for a continuing education program, visit

    About LITA
    LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership including systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. LITA, with over 3,500 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. For more information about LITA go to, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4268; or e-mail:

    About BCR
    BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit or email