Congratulations to the Sierra Academically Speaking Idea Lab Challenge Winners!


Hello Innovative Users! 

Pairwise voting has concluded for the Sierra – Academically Speaking challenge, and we have our winners! 

This challenge highlights enhancements and new features to improve functionality in support of academic libraries using Sierra. Library users submitted 17 ideas for this challenge and had 15 pairs of ideas for voting.  

The Winners 

Submission:Allow local Create List saved exports 

Inspired by: Idea submitted by Kimberly Allen 

Submission:Make URL report useful and launch URLs correctly 

Inspired by: Idea submitted by Susan Johns-Smith 

Proposed For: H2 2023 – 2024 (TBD) 


Honorable Mention 

Submission:Display volume in holdings records 

Inspired by: Idea submitted by Kimberly Allen 

This enhancement will be available in the upcoming Sierra 5.6 release. 

“Sierra customers submitted several great ideas for enhancements that would benefit staff and students in academic libraries and Sierra libraries in general,” said Mike Dicus, Sierra Product Manager. “I’m thrilled that we will be able to implement multiple ideas from this challenge to enhance Sierra workflows and give library staff and patrons a better user experience.”  

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 have 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: 

  • Sarah Frieldsmith, University of San Diego 
  • Eleanor Crumblehulme, Saskatchewan Information Library Services Consortium 
  • Kathy Setter, IFLS Library System 

And special thanks to your moderators and expert reviewers: 

  • Adam Hornsey 
  • Xuemei Ge 
  • Paivi Rentz 
  • Jason Thomale 
  • Dorothea Richards 
  • Kimberly Allen 


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!