Events

Ready to learn more about Innovative, our product portfolios, and how to use our solutions?

To help make learning about our company and products simple and convenient for you, we offer a variety of webcasts and workshops throughout the year. With both on-site and web-based options, you’ll leave these sessions knowing how to get the most out of our technology, or inspired to use your system in new ways.

Be sure to check back often, as new workshops and webcasts are added throughout the year!

 

Workshops

Are you interested in additional training for you and your staff? Innovative offers both on-site and web-based workshops across all product portfolios for a hands-on learning experience. Covering a wide range of topics, such as OPAC Administration, System Administration, and Statistical Reporting, workshops can also be tailored to meet your library’s specific training needs.

Check our schedule now for a list of Upcoming Workshops.

 

Webcasts

In just one hour, we can bring an informational and inspirational session straight to your staff–and they never have to leave their desk! Our webcasts are designed to fit easily into your busy day—with interesting new product developments and corporate updates that can help you get your job done most effectively. Or hear first-hand case studies of how other libraries are using Innovative solutions to do great work on campus and in the community.

Each webcast also allows you the unique opportunity to hear from the frontline people who develop our solutions, and even engage them one-to-one with questions.

Check our schedule now for a list of Upcoming Webinars or review past topics in Archived Webinars.

 

Upcoming Workshops

At Innovative, we understand the importance of training. And we’re driven to create great learning experiences for you and your staff—when you first join the Innovative family, when you upgrade to the latest versions of our software, and when you experience change in your library.

As Your Partner for Library Success™, we’re here to ensure your staff is properly trained and can fully operate your Innovative solution.

We offer a variety of workshops to help make learning simple and convenient. Below are a list of workshops hosted by an experienced Innovative Library Training Consultant, for you to choose from.

Interested in a customized training session for your library? Contact us to learn how we can tailor workshops based on your library’s needs.

 

Introduction to Sierra SQL

Jan 25                    Online, 10am-5pm EST

Mar 14                  Online, 9am-4pm PST

May 9                    Online, 8am-3pm PST

June 13                 Online, 10a-5pm EST

Aug 1                     Online, 9am-4pm PST

Sept 26                 Online, 9am-4pm PST

Nov 14                  Online, 10am-5pm EST

This workshop will give you the tools you need to start working with your Sierra SQL database. We will review the basics of the Sierra PostgreSQL database schema, how to connect to a database, using SQL syntax to form basic queries, and how to interact with Sierra database.

Prerequisites: Sierra user account on your system with Sierra Direct SQL Access enabled with access to your Sierra Database Server. Download and connect to PGAdmin III.

Audience: Beginners to Sierra SQL

Duration: 6 hours hands-on

 

Load Profile Training

Feb 28-2               III – Emeryville, CA

Upon completion of this course, the user will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of the Innovative database including:
    • Innovative record structure
    • Variable- and fixed-length fields in each record type
    • Field values for fixed-length fields
  • Understand the load profiles already in place on the system
  • Update existing load profiles for the following record types: bibliographic, authority, patron, item, order and holdings. All record types need to be provided in MARC format.
  • Create new load profiles for the following record types: bibliographic, authority, patron, item, order and holdings. All record types need to be provided in MARC format.
  • Be familiar with the issues that need to be considered for each new load profile, including:
    • Overlay settings for the following record types: bibliographic, authority and patron. Overlay of attached records is not supported with this workshop.
    • Protecting fields in the bibliographic, authority or patron record from overlay.
    • Which defaults for new records should be used.
    • Attaching item, order, and holdings records to bibliographic records.
    • Deriving call numbers and location codes
  • Create simple translation tables (for example, to translate an alphabetic value in the incoming data into a numeric code in the Innovative record)
  • Add menu options to allow for batch loading files of MARC records using the new load profiles
  • Test load profiles before putting them into production

The third day of the workshop will give the participant the opportunity to create during the class real-life load profiles for the following scenarios:

  • Load of bibliographic records with attached order information in batch.
  • Load of patron records provided in MARC format
  • Load bibliographic and authority files during an authority control project.

Prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of Innovative system record structure including the following:
    • Fixed-length fields and how they are used in Millennium
    • How to set new codes for fixed-length fields
    • Variable-length fields and how they are stored and displayed in Millennium
    • The difference between field group tags and index tags
  • Knowledge of the MARC record structure, including:
    • Knowledge of which MARC tags are used for standard fields (author, title, subject, call numbers, control numbers, notes, etc.)
    • An understanding of how data is stored in MARC format (subfields, indicators, etc.)
    • Familiarity with loading MARC records into Millennium
  • Familiarity with current load profiles, including:
    • Determining which variable- or fixed-length field a MARC tag is loaded into
    • Viewing and modifying the overlay protection on a load table
    • Setting the default template using System Options
  • Basic knowledge of regular expressions is desired.

Audience: System Administrators

Duration: 3 days, some hands-on

 

NOTE: All workshops are based on the current release of software and participants will be assumed to be on the current release. Features and procedures under earlier releases will not be covered.

 

 

Sierra Create Lists

June 19                 Online, 10a-5pm EST

July 20                  Online, 10a-5pm EST

Aug 15                  Online, 10a-5pm EST

Nov 9                    Online, 9am-4pm PST

This workshop shows you how to maximize the use of the create lists functions within the Sierra environment.

Topics covered include:

  • Searching with basic and advanced Boolean conditions
  • Working with multiple record types
  • Nesting Boolean Conditions
  • Using regular expressions and JSON
  • Saving and reusing search strategies
  • Search strategies using indexes and special fields instead of ranges of records
  • Using the Global Update function to view additional fields from records in a review file

Prerequisites: Familiarity with basic Sierra functions and completion of training in at least one of the following core areas: Acquisitions, Cataloging, Serials, or Circulation.

Audience: Staff new to Sierra Create Lists or needing a refresher

Duration: 1 day, hands-on in Innovative’s Virtual Classroom

 

Sierra System Coordinator Basics with ASAA

May 9-11             Online, 10am-5pm EST

Nov 8-10             Online, 10am-5pm EST

Aug 8-10              Online, 9am-4pm PST

This course provides the Sierra system administrator the opportunity to learn principles of system design and best practices of system management. Also covered will be the tasks to be done in ongoing maintenance of your Sierra system. Included in the course is access to the Advanced System Access and Administration functions within Sierra. The course includes time for individual questions and discussion on ways to accomplish library-specific goals and behavior.

It is recommended that coordinators take this course in conjunction with the Reports and Statistics for System Coordinators class.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of system administration procedures in place at your library and responsibility for making changes to system settings.

Audience: System Administrator for the Library

Duration: 3 days, hands-on in Innovative’s Virtual Classroom

 

Sierra Reports and Statistics for System Coordinators

May 12                 Online, 10am-5pm EST

Nov 11                  Online, 10am-5pm EST

Aug 16                  Online, 10am-5pm EST

This course provides you with an overview of the reports and statistics that are most important for the system coordinator to monitor and manage within the Sierra environment. Included is discussion of how to identify bad data and areas requiring cleanup that impact reporting.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of system administration procedures and responsibility for making changes to system settings. Familiarity with reporting tools — Create Lists, Web Management Reports and the Statistics functions within the Sierra environment.
Library should be on most current release of software.

Audience: System Administrator for the Library

Duration: 1 day, hands-on in Innovative’s Virtual Classroom

 

WebPAC Administration – Basic

Mar 15                  Online, 10am-5pm EST

May 10                 Online, 9am-4pm PST

Aug 4                     Online, 9am-4pm PST

This platform neutral course covers administration and organization of the WebPAC. Upon completion of this course, you will be familiar with the following functionality:

  • Web OPAC structural design
  • Limiting access to the WebPAC and other security issues
  • WebPAC screens management
  • Search result screens customization

We recommend taking this course in combination with the System Administration Workshop.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with local network and firewall issues, FTP software, Web design, hardware and operating system setups.

Audience: Essential staff members in charge of maintaining the library’s WebPAC

Duration: 1 day, some hands-on

 

Managing Sierra Circulation

July 18-19            Online, 10a-5pm EST

Nov 7-8                Online, 10a-5pm EST

This workshop is designed for the System Coordinator or new Circulation Supervisor who has responsibility for setting and maintaining system codes and tables or for troubleshooting circulation-related problems.

The class will give an overview of the interaction of the various Circulation Parameters and system tables and settings that determine behavior with time for questions about the particular settings of your institution.

Session time includes morning and afternoon breaks and scheduled lunch break.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of circulation procedures and ability to make changes to system settings.

Audience: System Coordinator or Circulation Supervisor

Duration: 2 days, hands-on in Innovative’s Virtual Classroom

 

 Managing Sierra Technical Services

Oct 17-18             Online, 10am-5pm EST

This 2-day workshop is designed for the System Coordinator or Technical Services Supervisor who has responsibility for managing workflow and materials processing within the Sierra environment Discussed will be — best practices in the areas of material acquisitions and database maintenance. There will be an opportunity to share ideas with other libraries, with time for questions about the particular settings of your institution.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of acquisitions and cataloging procedures and ability to make changes to the system.

Audience: System Coordinator or Technical Services Supervisor

Duration: 2 days, hands on in Innovative’s Virtual Classroom

 

 

 

Upcoming Webinars

Innovative Corporate Update Webinar

Monday, January 30      

7pm PST/10pm EST                         APAC

 

Tuesday, January 31

6am PST/9am EST                            EMEA

10am PST/1pm EST                          AMER

 

Product/Solution Webinar

Wednesday, February 15

7pm PST/10pm EST                         APAC

 

Thursday, February 16

6am PST/9am EST                            EMEA

10am PST/1pm EST                          AMER

 

Innovative Product Plan of Record Webinar

Monday, February 27

7pm PST/10pm EST                         APAC

 

Tuesday, February 28

6am PST/9am EST                            EMEA

10am PST/1pm EST                          AMER

 

Product/Solution Webinar

Wednesday, March 15

7pm PST/10pm EST                         APAC

 

Thursday, March 16

6am PST/9am EST                            EMEA

10am PST/1pm EST                          AMER

 

Professional Services Webinar

Monday, March 20

7pm PST/10pm EST                         APAC

Tuesday, March 21

6am PST/9am EST                            EMEA

10am PST/1pm EST                          AMER

Archived Webinars

Leverage Your Content and Technology Investments with the Innovative Open Knowledge Base (December 2016)

Presented by Tim Auger, Director of Resource Sharing and eContent, this one-hour webcast explains how the cloud-based Innovative Open Knowledge Base streamlines resource management by integrating holdings and managed content entitlements across entire library systems for more accurate discovery.

How Cloud Services Reduce Total Cost of Ownership & Secure Timely Product Enhancements (November 2016)

Opting for an Innovative Cloud Services solution means you no longer need to manage, maintain, or replace hardware on your premises. In this one-hour webcast, Narsi Yadavalli, Director of Cloud Operations, highlights the security, scalability, and reliability of Innovative Cloud Services, and how you and your users will benefit from quality, high-performing software managed in the cloud.

 

Easily Manage and Increase Access to Your Digital Collections with Vital (November 2016)

Watch this one-hour webcast to learn how Vital exposes digital collections for broader visibility online. Heather Myers, Director of Engineering, demonstrates how you can easily manage digital resources and gives you a first-hand look at success stories from Innovative partners currently using Vital.

Innovative Product Roadmap Quarterly Update (November 2016)

One hour presentation, exclusively for Innovative customers, hosted by Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product, to review our most current product plans. The roadmap, or “product plan of record” (PPOR), includes what we shipped last quarter, what we forecast to ship in the current quarter, and any changes in product direction.

Expand Your Collections with Cost-Effective Resource Sharing (October 2016)

View this one-hour webcast to learn how Innovative’s INN-Reach resource sharing networks increase the number of items available to users, provide a seamless discovery experience for patrons, enable patrons to submit requests without staff assistance, and offer higher fulfillment rates for greater staff efficiencies. Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product, and Tim Auger, Director of Resource Sharing and eContent, discuss how libraries can add millions of titles to their collections—without having to invest in new materials or endure the expensive ILL process.

Boost Library Engagement with the MyLibrary! Mobile App (October 2016)

This one-hour webcast shows how the MyLibrary! mobile app provides immediate access to library resources, real-time status updates on materials, and empowers users to manage their patron account right from their mobile device. Analisa Ornelas, Senior Product Manager for MyLibrary!, demonstrates the modern, intuitive interface of MyLibrary!, and Sarah Hickman Auger, Director of Library Product Strategy, highlights how libraries can increase engagement using the mobile app.

Streamline Materials Handling with Mobile Worklists (October 2016)

This one-hour webcast shows how the Mobile Worklists app reduces repetitive materials handling, decreases your reliance on paper reports, and streamlines library processes. Sarah Hickman Auger, Director of Library Product Strategy, and Elizabeth Henry, Product Manager, demonstrate how Mobile Worklists has transformed public and academic workflows, streamlining complex projects and day-to-day operations to provide greater value on campus and in the community. From sharing dynamic lists in Sierra to a complete overhaul of your collection, Mobile Worklists offers endless possibilities for managing your materials.

Elevate Patron Services and Community Engagement with the Polaris Leap Web Application (September 2016)

One-hour webcast about how the addition of the web application to your Polaris system will improve the patron experience and increase staff efficiencies. Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product, shows how the Polaris Leap Web Application allows you to easily access public services workflows from any device with a web browser. Over 1,000 libraries have selected Polaris Leap because of its responsive design, intuitive interface, and powerful functionality – all accessible from wherever is most convenient for staff and patrons. This webcast highlights a variety of library success stories, so you can see first-hand its value to Polaris library partners.

Increase Your Library’s Visibility with Innovative Linked Data (September 2016)

One-hour webcast about how Linked Data plays a critical role in the discovery and ongoing relevance of libraries worldwide. Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product demonstrates how Innovative Linked Data is raising the profile of our partners on the Semantic Web. If your library is interested in new ways to reach more users when they search for services and resources you offer, Innovative Linked Data might be the solution you need.

Innovative Product Roadmap Quarterly Update (August 2016)

One hour presentation, exclusively for Innovative customers, hosted by Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product, to review our most current product plans. The roadmap, or “product plan of record” (PPOR), includes what we shipped last quarter, what we forecast to ship in the current quarter, and any changes in product direction, to help you plan for the future.

 

User Group Meetings

Music Library Association 2017 Innovative Users Group Meeting

Feb 22 2017 to Feb 26 2017

Rosen Plaza Hotel

Orlando, FL

http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/mpage/mla_2017

 

IUG 2017 Annual Conference

Apr 3 2017 to Apr 5 2017

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

National Harbor, MD

http://innovativeusers.org/

 

 

Industry Conferences

February 2017

 

Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2016

Feb 1 2017 to Feb 4 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Toronto, ON

http://www.olasuperconference.ca/

 

 

Australian Library and Information Association – Information Online 2017 Conference

Feb 13 2017 to Feb 17 2017

Hilton Hotel Sydney

Sydney, Australia

https://www.alia.org.au/events/9892/alia-information-online-2017-conference

 

*Public Library Directors Symposium (PLDS)

Feb 20 2017 to Feb 22 2017

Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

Charleston, SC

 

*Academic Library Directors Symposium (ALDS)

Feb 22 2017 to Feb 24 2017

Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

Charleston, SC

 

March 2017

EDGE2017

Mar 2 2017 to Mar 3 2017

The Radisson Blu

The Royal Mike, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

http://edgeconference.co.uk/

 

Association of College & Research Libraries 2017 Conference

Mar 22 2017 to Mar 25 2017

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

http://conference.acrl.org/

 

April 2017

United Kingdom Serials Group 40th Annual Conference and Exhibition

Apr 10 2017 to Apr 12 2017

Harrogate

http://www.uksg.org/event/conference17

 

Texas Library Association 2017 Annual Conference

Apr 19 2017 to Apr 22 2017

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center

San Antonio, TX

http://www.txla.org/annual-conference

 

May 2017

ICoASL 2017

May 10 2017 to May 12 2017

Convention Hall – Uin Sunan Kalijaga

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

http://icoasl2017.uin-suka.ac.id/index.php

 

August 2017

 

World Library and Information Congress 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly

Aug 19 2017 to Aug 25 2017

Centennial Hall

Wroclaw, Poland

http://2017.ifla.org/

 

*Indicates Innovative-hosted conferences.