Category: Learn!

Sierra Workshops & Meetings

Inter-Library Loan – FAQ

Don’t we already have Inter-Library Loan in Sierra?

  • Yes, we do, but the new module will allow libraries, patrons, and MHLS staff to manage the borrowing process through Sierra. This will provide a more cohesive, streamlined service for everyone involved.

How about renewals, will patrons (or library staff) be able to renew borrowed items?

  • No, just as with our current workflow, requests to renew borrowed items will need to be made through Mid-Hudson Library System.

 

Encore Harvesting – Coming Soon

Description: Our shared catalog can utilize the Encore Harvesting functionality to set up harvesting of OAI-PMH compliant repositories in Encore. This feature can then be used to harvest or re-harvest repositories at any time.

 

An Introduction to Decision Center

Decision Center has been released and is ready to use. For additional information, including links to documentation, click HERE.

ONLINE WEBINARS – An Introduction to Decision Center

Getting Started with Decision Center is offered as a Lunchtime Webinar. Check the MHLS Calendar for dates.

 

These workshops have been postponed – look here for rescheduled dates.

Monday March 23rd | 10:00 – 12:00 at Patterson Library – postponed

Tuesday March 24th | 10:00 – 12:00 at Roeliff Jansen Community Library – postponed

Wednesday March 25th | 10:00 – 12:00 at MHLS Auditorium – postponed

Monday March 30th | 10:00 – 12:00 at Highland Public Library – postponed

Thursday April 2nd | 10:00 – 12:00 at Cairo Public Library – postponed

This workshop will be beneficial to any library staff responsible for gathering statistics, running reports on usage, and making collection development decisions for their library.

Decision Center is a Comprehensive collection management and analytics solution that provides library staff with dynamic tools to report, analyze, and make action-oriented decisions and recommendations regarding collection management. Decision Center helps libraries match supply and demand to deliver optimized service. By using current and complete data – about circulation, holds, transits, patrons, and acquisitions – Decision Center provides you with actionable insights to help your library improve patron-driven acquisitions while streamlining collection management workflows.

Lunchtime Webinar: Various Topics

February 26th|12:00-1:00pm| ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and Q&A.  The topic will be Patron Data Entry & how patron records are used in Sierra.

April 27th|12:00-1:00pm| ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and Q&A. The topic will be the ever popular Basic Create Lists. 

These sessions will take place via a GotoMeeting session and last about 45 minutes. There is a 15 person attendance limit, and pre-registration is required. Log-in information for the webinar will be sent to your email address in advance of the event.

Lunchtime Webinar: Sierra Circulation 101

Monday February 24th|12:00-1:00pm
Friday March 27th|12:00-1:00pm
Friday April 24th|12:00-1:00pm
ILP Operations Supervisor Thomas O’Connell will offer a lunchtime webinar of training and conversation at noon. The topic will be Circulation 101 and is intended for any new staff, or perhaps experienced staff wondering if there are more efficient ways to do things while covering the circ desk. This will be a good time to ask those questions that you have been wondering about…

The session will take place via a GotoMeeting session and last about 45 minutes. There is a 15 person attendance limit, and pre-registration is required. Log-in information for the webinar will be sent to your email address in advance of the event.

Local History & Special Collections Roundtable

Monday, October 21st | 2:00 – 3:00pm | MHLS Auditorium  
Facilitated by Nina Acosta, MHLS Assistant ILP Operations Supervisor

This interactive discussion group brings together experienced staff with those wanting to learn more about digitizing local history materials. This session will feature a brief presentation on the Hudson River Valley Heritage (HRVH) & NY Heritage websites by SENYLRC’s Digital Services Librarian, Jennifer Palmentiero followed by group discussion.
Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to:

·        Digitization workflows

·        Setting priorities and goals

·        Metadata

·        Promoting collections

Sierra Users Group to meet October 16th Online

The Sierra Users Group offers an opportunity for staff, who use Sierra, to come together with peers from other libraries to learn about new features, discuss the platform and share Ideas. The 2 hour User Group meeting consisted of release updates, feature showcases and a forum for sharing.
 
The Fall 2020 meeting will include:
  •  Sierra Roadmap updates, and the New knowledgebase website.
  • “Vega” – Innovative’s next generation Discovery platform that will replace Encore.
  • Open Forum | Ice Breaker topic: Training staff

October 16th, 10:00 – 12:00

Thank you for joining the conversation. If you were unable to attend the Users’ Group meeting, you can experience it via the recording posted above.

 

Power Point Presentation of the 2019 MHLS Users’ Group meeting