Congrats to Sierra Idea Lab Winners for “I Want To Do It Myself”


Hello Innovative Users!

Pairwise has concluded for the “I want to do it myself!” challenge, and we have our winners!

Designed to focus specifically on ways the system can improve patron self-service, this challenge garnered 28 ideas and received 466 votes!

The Sierra Winners

Submission: Allow libraries to customize language used for each specific block
Inspired by: Idea submitted by Tracy Babiasz

Submission: Send Automated Email Welcome Message Upon Creation of New Patron Record
Inspired by: Idea submitted by Nancy Szczepanski

Submission: More configurable courtesy notices in Sierra
Inspired by: Idea submitted by Chris Jasztrab

Proposed for: Sierra 5.4, H2 2021

“Library staff members submitted several great ideas on how we can enhance Sierra so our libraries can improve their services to library users,” said Mike Dicus, Sierra Product Owner. “I’m excited to add these features to Sierra, as they will provide patrons with more timely and useful information when they are using their local libraries.”

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 Sierra product.

Visit the Innovative Idea Lab:

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:

  • Laura Lazaraton
  • Paivi Rentz
  • Beth Juhl
  • Eliza Richards
  • Kathy Setter
  • Nicole Turzillo

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.

Happy Innovating!


Read more about the Polaris winning idea here: