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As a partner to many of the world’s most successful libraries, we’re pleased to hear, and more importantly, share stories and thoughtful perspectives about the exceptional work libraries are doing today. We hope some of these posts will spark new ideas, inspire you to try a new community program, or expand the services you offer on campus.

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Innovative Users Invited to Vote on New Features for Polaris, Sierra

The Innovative Product Team and Innovative Users Group invites you to participate in one of our current Idea Lab challenges: the Polaris Potluck Challenge or the Sierra Public Services Smorgasbord Challenge. Each challenge was pre-seeded with ideas previously submitted by IUG members via Idea Lab or had been past IUG Ballot winners. Each idea has… Read more »

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“A Wizard has turned you into a Sierra Admin. What do you do?”

Register today for IUG 2019 so that you too can find out where we keep the chocolate, how to use catnip at work, and what to do when a wizard invites you on an epic quest.

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New Orleans Public Library Secures Disaster Plan with Hosted Polaris ILS

Like many libraries today, mitigating the danger of large-scale disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has become an increasingly significant concern for New Orleans Public Library. By selecting the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS) as a hosted solution, the library has taken important steps toward implementing a well-prepared disaster plan.

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Polaris 6.1 Includes User-Requested Features for eCommerce & NoveList Integration

Innovative is happy to announce that Polaris 6.1 is in general release, offering a number of new features. Our Polaris users actively engaged with the Innovative enhancements process, providing feedback through Idea Lab, which resulted in many of the features in this release.

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Sierra 4.1 Expands License Limits, Customizes Facets

Innovative is happy to announce that Sierra 4.1 is in general release, offering a number of new features. Through their testing and feedback, our beta partner community played an important part in making this development and deployment possible.

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What Sessions Do You Want to See at IUG 2019?

Get involved in IUG 2019! Our annual, independent Innovative user group conference has been successful for the past 26 years thanks to users like you.

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Setting Your Library Up for Success: A Sierra Migration Tip Series – Part 3

This is the third in a series of tips that can help you successfully prepare your library mentally and physically for a migration from Millennium to Sierra. Think about the technical resources, data quality and training you’ll need.

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Libraries as Project Organizations

Librarians have been undertaking projects since there have been libraries – and possibly even before. Library Technologist Robin Hastings explains how best practices in project management can determine feasibility and streamline successful projects.

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Setting Your Library Up for Success: A Sierra Migration Tip Series – Part 2

This is the second in a series of tips that can help you successfully prepare your library mentally and physically for a migration from Millennium to Sierra. We discuss why you should proactively plan for on-premise server failure.

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University of Essex Turns to Hosting for Sierra, Gives Library and IT Staff More Time for Patron Service

It’s no surprise that IT staff are busy—especially at a large university. For the University of Essex, an Innovative library partner since 1995, the decision to move to a hosted solution came easily as it meant their IT department would no longer need to support the library’s hardware or maintain their server.

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