Four Innovative Solutions Win Recognition in 2021 Modern Library Awards

EMERYVILLE, Calif. January 20, 2021 – Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading provider of library software, has received platinum awards for three products – Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach), Mobile Worklists, and MyLibrary! – and a gold award for Polaris Leap from LibraryWorks’ seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). The MLAs are awarded to the top products and services in the industry, according to criteria including functionality, value, and customer service. This year, product submissions were sent to more than 80,000 librarians for scoring.

Innovative has prioritized building solutions that serve library staff, patrons, donors, and citizens. These awards reflect those company goals as Innovative continues to invest in existing products alongside new products to create simple and striking user experiences.

“The technology we use in our day-to-day lives has influenced staff and patron expectations for library solutions. We’re committed to building a user experience that evolves with the users,” said Yariv Kursh, General Manager of Innovative. “We’re proud of all our Innovative solutions and these awards validate the quality we put into our products.”

The Innovative products achieving platinum recognition are:

  • Mobile Worklists – The first native mobile app to market for library staff, Mobile Worklists continues to provide an excellent utility for Sierra libraries. It gives library staff flexibility for material handling tasks whether they’re at the desk or in the stacks. For six consecutive years, Mobile Worklists has earned platinum status, this year with an overall score of 9.1 on a scale of 1 – 10. Judges lauded Mobile Worklists for the ability to let libraries go paper-free when paging and weeding.
  • MyLibrary! – MyLibrary! is an iOS and Android mobile app that empowers patrons to connect with library resources anywhere, anytime. Earning an 8.9 overall score, judges gave high marks for functionality and quality of the product.
  • Innovative Resource Sharing – Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach) is an easy and cost-effective way for libraries to give patrons access to more materials and a better borrowing experience. Patrons love how easy it is to request materials and staff love the automated processing. Earning an overall score of 8.86, Innovative Resource Sharing scored above 9 for comparison to competitors’ similar products and received recognition for its longevity and reliability.

The Innovative product achieving gold recognition is:

  • Polaris Leap – The Polaris Leap web interface can be used on a desktop, notebook, or tablet, freeing library staff to serve patrons with the power and functionality of the Polaris ILS from wherever it is most convenient – even outside the library walls. Polaris Leap offers the ultimate web-based staff experience, and most library staff can complete their work within the web interface. Judges expressed appreciation for product quality and the ability to customize Leap to suit specific workflows.

For more information about Innovative’s award-winning products, visit the Innovative website or call 510-619-3566 to request a demonstration. For complete survey results, visit the Modern Library Awards website:




Innovative, a ProQuest company, provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, corporate and special libraries and consortia. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence—serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide.


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The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a program designed to recognize elite products and services in the library market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.