Thursday, August 21, 2008

University Libraries Host Indiana SirsiDynix Users

Bracken Library was the gathering point for nearly 40 library staff from around the state on July 25, 2008. The day was filled with presentations by SirsiDynix representatives and members of the user community who use the Symphony and Unicorn integrated library systems (ILS) provided by SirsiDynix Corporation.

There were special interest group discussion sessions centered on specific ILS modules also. User presentations focused on topics such as text messaging catalog search results, managing holds and recalls with Demand Management, implementing patron self-checkout, and using label printing tools.

The day was an opportunity for fellow system users to network and learn about innovative ways to use the system.

Lisa J. Jarrell, Information Services at Ball State University Libraries, attended Peter Konshak’s session on text messaging and said, “I see some students storing call numbers in their phones rather than writing them down. This makes me think students would really love this idea.”

Michael W. Twigg, Acquisitions Services at Ball State University Libraries, said the Cataloging Round Table session was interesting as he learned more about open source developments and some problem-solving approaches.

The Indiana SirsiDynix Users Group was formed in 2003 to provide a common forum for users in the state. This is the first year for Ball State University Libraries to host the annual conference. In hosting the event, there were two objectives: to help the organization by providing a centrally-located conference site and to showcase our campus and state-of-the-art library facilities.

Attendees from other libraries were duly impressed with Bracken Library, the campus, and presenters. Presenters such as Peter Konshak and Lisa Dick from Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, Indiana, expressed delight with Bracken Library’s presentation rooms and equipment.

Next year’s conference is tentatively planned to take place at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton, Indiana.

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