What Are ILUG and IUG?
By Anne Myers, Boston University Law Library

The Innovative Law Users Group (ILUG) has been in existence since 1987. It meets annually on the Saturday before the AALL annual conference and also at a luncheon during the IUG annual conference. The workshop at AALL features training presented by users and by Innovative staff as well as discussion groups. The ILUG also maintains a website (http://www.innopaclaw.org) and a discussion list for issues specific to the law library community. Barbara Plante of the University of Connecticut Law Library is the current ILUG treasurer.

Innovative Users Group (IUG) is an international organization of libraries using the Innovative Interfaces online systems. There are currently 863 member libraries from 48 states and over 25 countries. The IUG holds an annual educational conference every spring, which attracts over 1,100 participants; the 11th annual conference will be held in San Jose, California, on April 25-28, 2003. In addition, the IUG maintains a content-rich website (http://innovativeusers.org) that includes conference proceedings and online program materials beginning with the 2002 conference. The IUG discussion list has over 2,625 participants and has been operating for almost 14 years. List archives are fully searchable on the website and provide significant resources for libraries researching system features. The IUG plays an important role in product development through an extensive enhancements process that includes review of enhancements by functional experts and international voting on submitted topics. Over 790 enhancement suggestions in 18 separate areas were considered during the last cycle. Voting results are presented to Innovative and have played a large role in system improvements. Current chair of the IUG is Anne Myers of Boston University Law Library. If you have questions about IUG, you may contact her at amyers@bu.edu.


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