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Welcome to Sierra News!

Happy December! This issue of Sierra News shares some details about the latest version of Sierra, upcoming opportunities, and other Sierra-related news for your library. Welcome!
Sierra 5.6 is Available!

Sierra 5.6 is available now! 

Sierra 5.6 is all about bug fixes, and there are a ton*, but here are just a few highlights:
  • Display volume in Holdings records - The Sierra clients will display the volume information in the holdings (checkin) records for staff to view. This is an enhancement suggested by libraries in Idea Lab, and will make it easier to manage holdings and transfer items between holdings records.
  • Can connect to mySQL when using Coverage Edit option of Sierra Web - A bug has been fixed where users had not been able to connect to mySQL when attempting to edit coverage in Sierra Web; this is now fixed.
  • Sending hold cancellation notices - When preparing hold cancellation notices, if the job were limited to a Locations Served or location code, and the cancellation notices queue includes a bib hold, Sierra would give an error and close, and the notices would not be sent. This is now fixed.
See the Supportal for full Sierra release notes and Encore release notes, system requirements, and upgrade instructions. (Login required)

*There are not literally a ton of bug fixes.
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Empower Patrons with Innovative Mobile
Empower your patrons and make the most of staff time! Innovative Mobile not only gives patrons access to your physical and online collections, but also offers the option of self-check-ins and self-checkouts, Vega Discover for searching, and more!
Read More  | See our free on-demand webinar!

Empower Staff with Mobile Worklists
Untether staff from their desks—use a phone to conduct inventory, check-ins, check-outs, Title Paging Lists and more on Mobile Worklists! Plus the latest release introduces personalization for the app home screen.
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MyLibrary! 3.4 Update available
The MyLibrary! patron app recently had a significant update with MANY fixes; if your library uses MyLibrary!, tell your patrons to download the latest update!
MyLibrary! for iOS  |  MyLibrary! for Android

Come see us at LibLearnX!
Innovative will be attending LibLearnX 2023 in New Orleans! Come by Booth 416 if you're attending January 27-30

Idea Lab
The winners of the Academically Speaking Idea Lab challenge have been named! Check out our post on the  Academically Speaking Idea Lab challenge winners.
You can contribute ideas to Idea Lab any time in the Sierra Always Open challenge at!
New to Idea Lab? Joining is free! Click to get started!

Innovative Users Group
IUG 2023 is going to be held in person in Phoenix May 10-13! See the IUG website for details!
Look into the future!
Innovative's Product Status Board gives you insight into what's coming for Sierra and other products, and you can even leave comments for our Product team!
Click here to see what's coming in Sierra!

Get to the next level

Could your library use help getting to where you need to go? Are you not even sure where to start?

Innovative offers training and certification, workflow consultations, and custom training to fit your library.

Read more about our custom options here!

Additional Resources

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We have winners for the Sierra - Academically Speaking Idea Lab Challenge!
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