Winners announced for Lions, Tigers and Holds, Oh My!


Hello Innovative Users!

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent Polaris challenge! — Lions, Tigers and Holds, Oh My!

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 specifically on improving the holds process in Polaris.

28 exciting ideas, receiving over 1000 votes, were submitted by your teams!


Congratulations Winners!


First Place 

With 307 Pairwise Up Votes

Submission: Ability to cancel holds in status of shipped

Inspired by: An idea submitted by Allison Scheuering, Worthington Libraries

Proposed for: Polaris 6.5, Q2 2020


Second Place

With 271 Pairwise Up Votes

Submission: Bulk Placing of Holds from a Record Set

Inspired by: An idea submitted by Gretchen Allen, Fayetteville Public Library

Proposed for: Polaris 6.4, Q4 2019

“Participation in our Idea Lab challenges continues to grow with each challenge.  We were excited that this extremely focused challenge generated 1076 votes, 152 comments and 1676 views”, said Kellie Conner, Polaris Product Owner 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:

  • Jeff Tate
  • Marian McCollum
  • Gwyneth Jelinek
  • Marilyn Borgendale
  • Lynn Price

What’s next for Idea Lab?

While this is the last Polaris Challenge for 2019, we’re working on a schedule of challenges for 2020 where you can help us prioritize and refine new ideas for Leap!

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!


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!
Innovative Idea Lab Team