Job Announcements: College of Lake County and Joliet Public Library

We have two annoucements for open positions to share!

Faculty Library Position (College of Lake County)

A faculty librarian position (tenure track) is open at the College of Lake County, a growing community college, located just north of Chicago, Illinois. We welcome all to consider joining our innovative, energetic team; we are dedicated to student learning and success. College of Lake County Library is a Sierra/Encore library.

Click here to view full details on the position or to apply!

Librarian Cataloger (Joliet Public Library)

Full Time
37.5 hours per week
Salary starts at $48,750, based on qualifications and experiences.

Joliet Public Library is looking for a full-time and experienced Librarian Cataloger, who is creative, dependable, detail-oriented, enjoys teamwork, flexible, focused, forward thinking, highly motivated, and must have a great sense of humor.

Joliet, the third largest city in Illinois, is home to a culturally diverse population of 150,362 residents. Joliet Public Library has 2 branches to serve our growing community. We just completed a $10.5M renovation of our Ottawa Street facility, where the Technical Services Department is situated. We offer excellent benefits including 11 paid holidays per year, 12 sick days, and 5 weeks of vacation. Participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is included as well as medical, dental, and vision insurance. Come join our fun, supportive and wonderful team and be a part of our transformation!

MLIS is required with recent cataloging experiences. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.

Graduating MLIS students with relevant experiences are highly encouraged to apply. All coursework for the degree must be completed by the end of May 2023.

A detailed job description can be viewed here.

To apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for 3 references in PDF to Linda Ling at For complete job description and more information, please visit

Apply To:
Joliet Public Library
JOLIET , IL 60432-4152
Email address:
Phone: 815-740-2660


Apply now for a scholarship to the 2023 IUG Conference!

WILIUG is offering two (2) scholarships to cover the registration fee for the IUG national conference. IUG will be held in person from May 10-13, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about it at:

The scholarships are available to a library staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Currently employed in a WILIUG member library/consortium
  • Has not been a WILIUG scholarship winner in the past 2 years

Applications are due by Friday, January 13, 2023.

Click here to apply for a 2023 IUG scholarship

Applications will be evaluated by a working group of the WILIUG Steering Committee. Scholarship winners will be notified by the end of January 2023. If you have any questions, please email Mieko Fujiura-Landers at

WILIUG Fall 2022 Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the WILIUG Fall 2022 Meeting!

The WILIUG Steering Committee invites you to register for the Fall 2022 WILIUG meeting. This online meeting will take place on Friday, October 14th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The full-day meeting will include updates from Innovative staff, sessions to expand your skills in both Sierra and Polaris, and ILS-focused forums. End the day with a presentation from Innovative on the LX Starter Pack and other new products. All sessions will be live and (except forums) recorded for later viewing. Click here to register.

Agenda (Tentative)

10:00 – 10:15 AMWelcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
10:15 – 11:00 AMInnovative Corporate Update
11:00 – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Using Create Lists in Sierra
Presented by Kelly Kobiela – Marquette University

Create List is a very useful and powerful feature in Sierra, but it can be hard to get started or to learn new features. Whether you have never used create list or have questions about more advanced features, this session is for you. Kelly will give a beginner’s overview of all things Create List and then branch out into more complex tasks. Please bring your questions or tips!
11:15 AM – 12:00 PMPower Searching in Polaris Leap
Presented by Mieko Fujiura-Landers – CCS

Did you know you can save filters and search setups using Leap’s Power Search Mode? During this session, we will learn how to create Power Searches in Leap, how to save your search setups, and how to access and modify saved Power Searches. We will also demo simple Power Searches as a base to build your own searches. 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:45 PMSierra Forum
1:00 PM – 1:45 PMPolaris Forum
1:45 PM – 2:00 PMBreak
2:00 PM – 3:00 PMLX Starter & Other New Innovative Products
Presented by Innovative

Innovative is excited to tell you all about our new tool for sending email notices that is available for all Sierra and Polaris accounts, LX Starter. This session will let you know some details about what is included with LX Starter, how to get it, as well as other new products from Innovative like their events/room booking tool and email marketing tool.

Registration is free for WILIUG members! Click here to check your membership status or become a member. Register by October 13, 2022. The full agenda, along with access information, will be sent to registrants one week before the meeting.

Register now!

WILIUG Fall 2022 Conference – Save the Date!

The WILIUG Fall Meeting will take place on Friday, October 14.  This virtual meeting will feature live sessions, ILS-specific forums, and a presentation from Innovative. Registration is free for WILIUG members! Click here to check your membership status or become a member.

The full agenda, as well as registration, will be available in September. Watch your inbox for updates! Agenda and registration links will also be available on the WILIUG website.

Thank you for supporting the Wisconsin-Illinois Innovative Users Group. We look forward to seeing you this October!

WILIUG Virtual Spring Conference, Friday, June 3, 2022

This online meeting will take place on Friday, June 3rd from 9:00 AM to 2:50 PM.

Registration is open until May 31.  Zoom links will be emailed separately prior to the conference. Sessions will be recorded, Forums will not.

9:00-9:15am                       Welcome and WILIUG Business Meeting

9:15-10:00am                     Innovative Update

Presenters: Dennis Carter, Director of N. American Account Management; Dean Cooper, Account Manager; Mike Carney, Inside Account Manager; Maria Laude, Snr. Sales Engineer

Description: Innovative will provide a corporate update including Clarivate news. They will also give an overview of the Vega LX Starter and other new products.

10:00-10:15am                   Break

10:15-11:05am                   Marketing Your Department: Share Your Strategies

Presenters: Lisa Bobis, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Linda Ling, Joliet Public Library; Maripat Olson, Barrington Area Library; Colleen Seisser, Aurora Public Library District

Description: We know our teams do great work and we know the value they bring to the library.  The question is, does everyone else in the organization know?  Join this lightning round to learn and share some strategies to promote your team’s work to your internal organization.  Hear what projects staff at Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington and Joliet are doing to increase their visibility.

10:15-11:05am                   Vega Discover: Implementation and Real-World Use

Presenters: Tim Mayse-Lillig, Helen Plum Library; Alex Vancina, Helen Plum Library; Fran Jurgensmeyer, Waukegan Public Library; Matt Hammermeister, Pinnacle Library Cooperative

Description: We’ve all heard plenty about Vega Discover from Innovative staff.  Now it’s time to discuss real-world stories and examples from libraries who are currently using the product or have been involved in the Development Partner Program.  All Sierra/Polaris/Standalone/Consortia libraries are welcome to attend, submit questions, and learn about the features we love and the things we’re not particularly excited about.

11:05-11:15am                   Break

11:15-12:05pm                  Designing Effective Surveys

Presenter: Sarah Keister Armstrong, Sarah Keister Armstrong + Associates

Description: This session will provide insight and expertise into how to design and disseminate a survey. We will share how to identify the goals of a survey, when to use different types of survey questions, and how to create a survey that results in actionable data.

11:15-12:05pm                  How to Sierra SQL

Presenter: Ray Voelker, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Description: Understand the basics of working with the Sierra SQL database along with some useful techniques for aggregating data and utilizing subqueries and Common Table Expressions (CTE). Some additional topics covered will be: working with primary and foreign keys–especially as they relate to understanding JOIN operations, performing simple aggregations, understanding and working with the CASE statement, and understanding some fundamental parts of the Sierra SQL database structure.

12:05-1:00pm                     Break

1:00-1:50pm                       Vega Engagement

Presenters: Dennis Carter, Director of N. American Account Management; Dean Cooper, Account Manager; Mike Carney, Inside Account Manager; Maria Laude, Snr. Sales Engineer

Description: Join Innovative as they review the new Vega LX Suite featuring Promote (newsletters), Program (rooms/events), and Patron Mobile App.

1:00-1:50pm                       Implementing Patron Address Verification Tip to Tail

Presenter: Kristina Johnson, Gail Borden

Description: Gail Borden Public Library District recently began verifying patron addresses with Unique Address Verification service. We cleaned our patron records, determined if new addresses were within our district, overlayed the records in Sierra, and notified patrons identified as out of our district. I will discuss how I used Excel, Sierra custom load profiles, MarcEdit, the Google Geocoding API, and Outlook to accomplish these tasks. I will also relay my best discoveries from along the way and ideas for future improvements.

1:50-2:00pm                       Break

2:00-2:50pm                       Polaris Forum, won’t be recorded

Moderators: Colleen Seisser, Aurora Public Library; Mieko Fujiura-Landers, CCS

2:00-2:50pm                       Sierra Forum, won’t be recorded

Moderators: Kathy Setter, IFLS Library System; Pam Skittino, Deerfield Public Library

WILIUG Fall 2021 Meeting – Friday, October 22nd

This online meeting will take place on Friday, October 22nd, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

As part of its Fall Forum Fridays program, IUG is offering a Polaris Forum at 10:00 AM for all Polaris users.  Therefore we will be offering Sierra content at that time. Polaris users are encouraged to attend the IUG forum at 10 and may rejoin us at 11:00 and 11:30 for some vendor diversity audit software Q&A sessions.  

Please check your email for the link to the live Zoom session, it was sent Monday, October 18th around 4 pm to registered members.

Agenda (Final)

9:00 – 9:15 AMWelcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
9:15 – 10:00 AMInnovative Corporate UpdateLive
Dennis Carter, Director of North American Account Management
Dean Cooper, Account Manager
Mike Carney, Inside Account Manager
Maria Laude, M.S.L.S., Sales Engineer
Innovative will provide a corporate update, overview of some new products, and highlights from in-market product roadmaps.
10:00 – 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 – 10:45 AMSierra Catalog Error Searching – Live Q&A
We have all had those times in Sierra where you notice an error with a record, or something unexpected pops up in a search. Then you’re stuck trying to track down the error, which may or may not be easy to search for. This recorded session will go over some of the ways to search for these errors within Sierra, including Create List, Statistics, and SQL. The live Q&A session will be a time for you to share your best tips & tricks, ask questions, and otherwise discuss Sierra catalog errors.

Watch this video prior to the Q&A session

Presented by Kelly Kobiela – Marquette University ; Shannon Meyer – Arlington Heights Memorial Library
11:00 – 11:30 AMCollectionHQ’s Diversity AnalysisLive Q&A
Do you want to identify all the diverse titles in your collection for gap analysis and audit? If so, collectionHQ’s Diversity Analysis gives you a one-click solution for a project that might otherwise take months, if not years. This presentation will provide a comprehensive look at the professional development behind the DEI Analysis and the powerful insights you’ll gain at-a-glance.

Watch this video prior to the Q&A session

Jane Herb from Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ will be providing a live demonstration, as well as answering any questions you might have. Jane lives in Oregon with her family, consisting of her husband, Chris, twin boys who are 13 and another boy who is 11, along with many pets—3 dogs, 2 chickens, a leopard gecko, and an African Sulcata Tortoise.
11:30 AM – 12 PMIngram’s Effortless & Effective Diversity Audit Live Q&A — iCurate inClusive 101, a sneak peek
Diversify your collections to reflect the community you serve. iCurate inClusive, conducts a one-time audit of your holdings to discover missing titles and underrepresented voices.

Presented by Beth Reinker

WILIUG Fall 2021 Conference – Save the Date

The WILIUG Fall Meeting will take place on Friday, October 22. This virtual meeting will include pre-recorded presentations as well as a live session.

The full agenda, as well as registration, will be available this Fall.

Thank you for supporting the Wisconsin-Illinois Innovative Users Group. We look forward to seeing you this October!

Spring 2021 Conference Registration

Registration is now open for WILIUG’s Spring Conference! The full-day virtual conference will take place on Friday, June 4. Like the national IUG conference, it will include a combination of pre-recorded presentations and interactive live sessions.

Register here. Registration is open until May 31.

Conference Program

  • Innovative Corporate Update
    • Dean Cooper, Innovative Account manager will provide an update on new Innovative products and where III is going in the future.
  • Innovative Vega
    • Learn about Innovative’s next-generation platform: Vega. Innovative staff will demonstrate Discover, the new, patron-centric discovery experience and Engage, a new suite of marketing tools to help libraries maintain contact with their patrons.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Library
    • From cataloging to facilities assessments, hear from multiple libraries how they’ve incorporated inclusive services into their day-to-day activities.
    • Diversity Audit (Nicole Lawton, Shoshana Frank, Naperville)
    • Subject Headings (Porsche Schlapper, Marquette)
    • Physical Space (Melissa Stoeger, Heather McCamond-Watts, Deerfield) 
      • In working toward our goal of incorporating EDI values into our library services, DPL began by conducting an Inclusive Services Assessment of our library, which covered governance, administration, staffing, collections, programming, services, facilities, access and community engagement. This tool allowed us to evaluate our current services and prioritize areas for improvement.
  • Work Connections at a Distance (Lynn Hoffman, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey)
    • For better or worse, we’ve all learned how difficult it is to stay connected and engaged with our coworkers when we aren’t regularly sharing a physical space. And although the technology tools for connection are always improving, our own brains just aren’t optimized for virtual interaction, making it a constant struggle. We’ll talk about why virtual engagement is so hard, and explore some ways virtual team members can support themselves and their colleagues as we work to remain connected.
  • Mobile Worklists (Pam Skittino, Deerfield Public Library)
    • Would you like to see Mobile Worklists at work in an actual library?  Watch a pre-recorded video demonstrating title paging, moving items from one location code to another, weeding from a list, scanning items on a shelf to view their stats, and inventory.  Then, on the day of the conference, join the live Q&A to ask questions. 
  • SimplyReports for Catalogers (Rachel Fischer, CCS)
    • This session will introduce the functionality of SimplyReports and demonstrate how these reports can benefit catalogers. The session will include an explanation of the types of reports, how to use SimplyReports, and how to save and schedule reports. Examples demonstrated include: production statistics to tabulate the number of records created/modified, number of items added to the collection, serials that need to be withdrawn, and correcting errors in cataloging records.
  • Building a Collection Analysis Tool with Google Data Studio (Matt Hammermeister, Pinnacle Library Cooperative)
    • Collection Analysis Tools are great – but they’re often expensive and inflexible. Learn how the Pinnacle Library Cooperative created their own web-based and free (!!) tool using Google Data Studio that allows selectors to run weeding reports and gather collection statistics in just a few clicks.
  • Sierra Forum
    • A general discussion forum for all Sierra/Millenium users. Bring your ILS questions and concerns to discuss with other WILIUG members.
  • Polaris Forum
    • A general discussion forum for all Polaris users. Bring your ILS questions and concerns to discuss with other WILIUG members.


Please register for the Spring Conference by May 31.

Registration for the virtual conference is $10. If costs are a concern for your organization, please consider applying for a WILIUG scholarship to defer the costs of registration.

Fall 2020 Presentations

Thank you all who attended our Fall 2020 conference. Below are 5 presentations from our member libraries for you to view:

View all presentations

Creating Virtual Training: Principles, Practices, and Lessons Learned
Mieko Fujiura-Landers
Cooperative Computer Services

Converting Excel Files to Marc Records
Pam Skittino
Deerfield Public Library

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Remote User Testing with the Library Catalog
Kathleen Weiss
Cooperative Computer Services

Working Together for Catalog Cleanup
Kelly Kobiela, Systems Librarian
Porsche Schlapper, Cataloging Librarian
Marquette University

Exposing Polaris System Settings for Library Staff
Matt Hammermeister
Pinnacle Library Cooperative

WILUG Fall 2020 Meeting Registration – October 30

Registration is now open for the WILIUG Fall 2020 Meeting!

The WILIUG Steering Committee invites you to register for the Fall 2020 WILIUG meeting. This online meeting will take place on Friday, October 30th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The two-hour live session will include updates from Innovative staff discussing new product releases, Vega Discover, and the new Innovative support site. Innovative support staff will also be available to discuss recent changes to the support side and answer your questions! After the meeting, registered attendees will also have access to several presentation videos from our member libraries.

You will receive an email with a link to the meeting prior to October 30th.

Agenda (Tentative)

10:00 – 10:15 AMWelcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
10:15 – 11:15 AMInnovative Corporate Update

This session will cover business information, product roadmaps, and Vega Discovery.
11:15 – 11:20 AM Break
11:20 AM – 12:00 PM Innovative Support Q&A

Martha Rice-Sanders will present a 20 minute update and have 20 minutes for questions submitted by attendees. Questions that are situation or library specific may not be addressed directly. For fullest consideration, questions must be received by October 1, 2020.
But wait, there’s more!In addition to the 2-hour live session, registrants will also have access to five additional presentations to view after the meeting. Topics include cataloging cleanup, transforming excel data in MarcEdit, User Experience testing, and more!

There is no fee to attend the Fall meeting, but registration is required. As you register, please makes sure to include questions for III Support to answer during their presentation.