Idea Lab: Big Announcement! (and a bunch of expiring ideas)

Hello Sierra users,

The enhancement process currently set up between Innovative and IUG will be changing! Innovative will no longer be using the Idea Lab (Spigot) software. They will be accepting ideas submitted through a software platform used by other Clarivate companies, including Ex Libris, called UserVoice. Like Idea Lab, UserVoice facilitates the submission of ideas and allows voting and commenting on them. Unlike Idea Lab, it will not have any timed challenges. However, there will be an annual process to prioritize top ideas, details to be determined.

We will begin the transition to this new platform and process at the end of this year. New idea submission in Idea Lab will be disabled December 31. In the new year, we encourage all users to participate in helping to push along the existing ideas in the Always Open spaces. That will probably wrap up in mid-late February. Ideas that get to Product Review or Future Development will be considered for inclusion in the first prioritization process later in the year.

The new platform will be officially launched at the IUG conference in Phoenix (May 10-13).

There are many details still to be worked out, but Sarah Frieldsmith, Eleanor Crumblehulme, and Kathy Setter, along with Wes Osborn (IUG Steering Committee chairperson) will be meeting with Innovative throughout this transition. We will share information as it becomes available and will advocate to make this new process work for the product users.

You will see more general announcements sent out soon via the IUG Forum, IUG Newsletter, etc.

Send us any questions you have. We may not be able to answer them immediately but will provide information as soon as we can.

There are a bunch of expiring ideas that need your help to get to the next level:

Remove redundant link to help manual
User Expiration date
Enhance the Millennium/Sierra NCIP interface to allow Renewals and Recalls
Split out shipping and processing charges in EDI loaded invoices
Calling all PTYPES: Add PTYPE to SIP2 Patron Information Response
User management - import settings ‘select all’ section button

New to Idea Lab? Idea Lab is designed to allow you to submit, discuss, and vote on ideas to improve Sierra and Polaris. Anyone at any Innovative library may participate in Idea Lab. Find information on how to create an Idea Lab account on our FAQ page.

Eleanor Crumblehulme and Sarah Frieldsmith
IUG Enhancements Co-Coordinators

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