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Innovative integrates SkyRiver and ends legal action against OCLC

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All operations of SkyRiver Technology Solutions will be integrated into its sister company Innovative Interfaces. The SkyRiver cataloging service will become part of Innovative's product suite. In addition, Innovative has decided to withdraw the claims of the antitrust suit against OCLC that was filed in 2010 and is currently pending in federal court in Ohio.

'With the best interests of the library community in mind, we decided to view a relationship with OCLC as a potential collaboration partner, unclouded by legal issues,' explained Kim Massana, Innovative's chief executive officer. 'We are looking forward to competing with OCLC in the market for library technology services, including in the areas of cataloging and library service platforms. At the same time, we are excited to refocus our efforts to engage with OCLC management and our common accounts to help libraries meet the unprecedented information and technology challenges in today's environment.'

Massana continued, 'All of us at Innovative believe that competition in technology services benefits libraries and drives innovation. We have a great product in SkyRiver and anticipate that by putting the whole weight of Innovative behind the development and implementation of the system, we will become an even stronger player in the market for library cataloging services going forward.'