Congrats to Polaris Crisis Management Challenge Winners


Hello Innovative Users!

Pairwise has concluded for the Polaris Crisis Management challenge and we have our winners!

Designed to focus specifically on ways the system can improve handling of large-scale, long-term closures, this challenge garnered 24 ideas and received 611 votes!


The Winners 


Submission: Ability to bulk change due dates

Inspired by: Idea submitted by Debra Wischmeyer

Proposed for: Polaris 6.8, H1 2021


Submission: Bulk add to dates closed policy table

Inspired by: Idea submitted by Cecilia Smiley

Proposed for: Polaris 6.8, H1 2021


“We’ve received a lot of requests recently for bulk changing dates,” said Samantha Quell, Polaris Product Owner. “I am very glad these ideas ranked so highly in the pairwise challenge. With the implementation of these features, we can make it easier for staff to make these bulk date changes without requiring the use of SQL scripts. “Remember, submissions live on in Idea Lab and our Always Open Space never closes. If you submitted an enhancement that is still important to you or you’ve just discovered a development opportunity, the Always Open space provides a place to post that idea for any Polaris product.

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Thanks again to our wonderful Idea Lab Leadership team 

  • Jeremy Goldstein, Minuteman Library Network
  • Cecilia Smiley, Lee County Library System
  • Maisam Nouh, The Ferguson Library
  • Kathy Setter, IFLS Library System


And special thanks to your moderators and expert reviewers:

  • Jamie King
  • Debra Wischmeyer
  • Marian McCollum
  • Erin Shield
  • Tracey Thompson


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.

We are Recruiting for Idea Lab

Don’t forget that the Idea Lab team is recruiting for the 2020-2022 term. So if you love the site and would like to contribute to it in a greater capacity, consider joining the team. If you would like to join the Idea Lab Team for 2020-2022, please complete the survey at:

The 2020-21 Enhancements co-coordinators will be reviewing applications and contacting team members in late May. Deadline to submit an application is June 5, 2020. Those selected for the team will be contacted shortly thereafter.