And the Latest Idea Lab Winners are…


Hello Innovative Users!

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent Polaris challenge! — Only the Lonely: Time for Tech Services.

The Innovative Product Team is continually seeking input from our users regarding how we can best assist you in being successful. We designed this challenge to focus on improving staff efficiency in Polaris.

Geared toward improving staff-only areas in Polaris, this challenge was pre-seeded with six of your ideas from Always Open, but we asked for your ideas and you delivered—with 74 additional ideas from your teams!


Congratulations Winners!


First Place 

With 1,026 Pairwise Up Votes

Submission: Ability to delete ALL instances of a tag in Bib bulk change

Inspired by: An idea submitted by Wes Osborn in Always Open- Polaris

Proposed for: Polaris 6.4, Q4 2019


Second Place

With 924 Pairwise Up Votes

Submission: Uncancel a purchase order line item

Inspired by: An idea submitted by Jessie Bach in Always Open-Polaris

Proposed for: Polaris 6.4, Q4 2019

“Participation in our Idea Lab challenges continues to grow with each challenge.  We were excited that this challenge generated 2637 votes, 444 comments and 5593 views”, said Jennifer Thie, Innovative Director of Product Management and challenge sponsor.  “Not only do we have two winning ideas we will be slotting in our roadmap, but we also received feedback on ideas that will help shape future roadmap choices.  As we implement these winning ideas in upcoming releases, we look forward to a strong continued partnership with our amazing customers.”

Development is planned for upcoming releases, with initial delivery targeted in Q4 2019!

If your favorite idea was not the top vote-getter, never fear.  It will live on in Idea Lab.  If there is not already a version of the idea in Always Open, create one!  And don’t forget to encourage your friends to comment and give it a “thumbs up”.

Visit the Innovative Idea Lab:

Special shout out to our wonderful Idea Lab Leadership team 

We couldn’t have done it without all of you!

  • Renee Brumett, Springfield-Greene County Library
  • Jeremy Goldstein, Minuteman Library Network
  • Gwyneth Jelinek, Fayetteville Public Library
  • Maisam Nouh, Ferguson Library
  • Kathy Setter, Indianhead Federated Library System


And special thanks to your moderators and expert reviewers:
  • Eleanor Crumblehulme
  • Alissa Dornink
  • Linda Mortland
  • Erin Shield
  • Elaine Sloan

What’s next for Idea Lab?

We have three more timed challenges scheduled for 2019.  Be sure to mark your calendars!

  • Sierra Create Lists – September 2019
  • Polaris Lions Tigers and Holds, Oh My! – October 2019
  • Sierra Death to Popups – November 2019

In addition, our Sierra Always Open and Polaris Always Open Spaces are open continuously and users are invited to submit ideas across a broad spectrum of categories. If you have never visited Idea Lab, please join us!  If you haven’t visited in a while, please come see what’s new!

What is Idea Lab? 
Idea Lab is the website hub for our customer-driven innovation process that informs Innovative product roadmaps. To participate, simply go to Idea Lab, and enter in your username and password. If you don’t have an account yet, it’s not too late – simply follow the instructions on the Idea Lab FAQ and join in!

Please spread the word to colleagues at your own institutions and beyond about joining Idea Lab. At Innovative, we are committed to user-driven innovation that will benefit all our library partners, and we look forward to the next Challenge with you.

Finally, Idea Lab (hosted by Spigit) will be upgraded in August.  Some things might look a little different when you next log in.  In addition, some new features will become available that the Idea Lab team will be enabling over the coming months.  Please stay tuned for more details.


Happy Innovating!
Innovative Idea Lab Team