Practical Applications of Sierra

Mobile Technologies for Sierra

The omnipresence of mobile technologies has made it possible to bring library staff out from behind their desks and into the stacks. Not only does mobile mean meeting library patrons at their point of need, it also means efficiencies for library staff. Come find out about how Mobile Worklists can help make life mobile and paperless at your library and how the Mobile Patron App provides new patron engagement options with compelling information and convenient access to library services.

The Future of InnReach

With the new leadership at Innovative came a renewed concentration on consortia and InnReach.  A year ago Innovative created the InnReach Summit and invited Directors of InnReach systems to come together with Innovative staff to discuss the future of the InnReach system.  We met again the last week of April, 2014 to hear about the progress being made and to discuss the InnReach roadmap Innovative has created based upon our discussions at the Summits.  Come learn about the exciting future of resource sharing! 

Sierra APIs Declassified

Say goodbye to screen scraping and come check out the first of the new Sierra APIs that can be used for reading bibliographic and item data. We will talk about what data can be retrieved, how it can be filtered, show off a couple quick demos, and with any luck have time left over to share your inspired ideas.

Nathan James, MOBIUS' Library Relations Manager from Innovative Interfaces will be on hand to answer your questions about what's coming next, and to collect your feedback.

Open Database Access Show & Tell

At Truman State University we have developed a number of scripts to automatically extract and report data from Sierra's PostgreSQL database. In this presentation we will describe tools for accessing and using the database. We will also discuss scripts in use at Truman, including: a shelflist of overdue notices, a report on ILL bib records, and a report to notify staff of holds on items "in processing."  Familiarity with SQL and/or Perl is useful but not necessary.

Decision Center: a brief introduction

Decision Center is a new statistics dashboard for Sierra designed to help you make collection development decisions based on usage. This session will provide a brief introduction to Decision Center and some of its reporting functions. Common usage scenarios will be covered, including finding weeding candidates, viewing usage by locaton, viewing usage by time of day, viewing the number of items added per month and year, generating fund reports, viewing expenditures by call number range, and budget planning.

Finding and fixing broken links in Sierra

Libraries have long since passed the threshold where the majority of resources are electronic. It is not uncommon for a library catalog to contain hundreds of thousands of links. If the Internet has one rule, it is that things change constantly. Links break on a regular basis. Finding broken links among thousands of catalog records is like the proverbial needle in a haystack. The first part of the session will demonstrate an automated method for finding broken links in the catalog by utilizing the new Sierra Direct SQL Access interface and an open-source link checking tool.

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