Online Advanced Create Lists Workshop

WILIUG is pleased to offer an online workshop presented by Innovative:

Advanced Create Lists in Sierra/Millennium

Friday, April 6th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30 PM CST.

As a benefit of WILIUG membership, the registration fee for members has been discounted. If your library would like to join WILIUG to take advantage of this discount, use the membership form here and then register for this program.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

– How Create Lists works
– Identifying data & specifying search criteria
– Creating review files using library-defined indexes, the Advanced (Keyword) index, and existing review file lists
– Mixing record types
– Using basic and advanced Boolean conditions
– Searching special fields (MARC leader, 008, etc.)
– Nesting Boolean strategies
– Appending records to existing files
– Copying other files (including system-generated files)
– Merging review files
– And more!

If you have any particular Create Lists topics you would like included, please use the comment area on the registration form to provide suggestions and specific examples.  If you think of anything else after you have completed the form, email Rachel Rohlf.

The registration fee is per library so you may have multiple attendees from your library participating in this workshop!

Registration Fee (WILIUG Members) – $100 per library
Registration Fee (Non-Member) – $200 per library

To register, please fill out the form below by March 30th, 2018.

Login information for the workshop will be provided in a separate email prior to the workshop.

Register here!


Birds of a Feather Lunch at IUG

Are you going to the IUG 2018 Conference in Orlando?  If so, why not attend the WILIUG member “Birds of a Feather” lunch for good food and great company?

Tradewinds Restaurant at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Noon to 1:15 pm

The restaurant is inside the hotel and is one of the only lunch options within walking distance. (We’re not counting CVS!)  We have reserved seating so no waiting in line with other hungry attendees!  Lunch will be a buffet and while we don’t yet have a menu we’ve been assured that there will be both vegetarian and gluten-free options.  Cost for the buffet will be around $17.00, you will get an individual bill and pay at the restaurant.

Please respond to our poll by April 10th if you are attending so we can reserve the correct number of seats.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Skittino

Looking forward to seeing you there . . .

–The WILIUG Steering Committee

Job Announcement: Library Systems Administrator at Milwaukee County Federated Library System

The Milwaukee County Federated Library System (MCFLS) seeks a talented and energetic Library Systems Administrator with a proven record of expertise to oversee the operation and management of the MCFLS Innovative Sierra integrated library system and Encore discovery layer. MCFLS provides cooperative services such as automation, delivery, and resource library services to 15 member public libraries (28 locations) which serve a population of nearly 960,000 in Milwaukee County (Wisconsin).

For more details and information on how to apply, please see

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Scholarship Applications Available for 2018 IUG Conference

Scholarships Available for 2018 IUG Conference
Once again, WILIUG is able to offer two $325 scholarships to help members defray some of the costs of attending the IUG national conference.

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

  • Currently employed in a WILIUG member library/consortium
  • Willing to participate in a future WILIUG conference to share knowledge gained
  • Provides proof of registration for this year’s national IUG Conference
  • Has not been a WILIUG scholarship winner in in the past 2 years

For more information and to view the form click here.


Fall Meeting – Friday, October 27, 2017 – Mitchell Street branch, Milwaukee Public Library (WI)

The WILIUG Steering Committee invites you to register for the Fall 2017 WILIUG Meeting.  Register by Friday, October 20th


WILIUG’s Fall meeting will be held Friday, October 27th, at the Mitchell Street branch of the Milwaukee Public Library (910 W. Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204). This is a half-day program with an optional lunch afterwards. The half-day program is included in your library’s WILIUG membership; there is no individual registration cost.

9:00 – 9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 AM Welcome and WILIUG Business Meeting
9:45 – 10:45 AM Talking Tech / i-Tiva(PPT)

Sean Young (i-Tiva/Talking Tech) and Dennis Carter (III) will discuss their partnership offering i-Tiva, an automated renewal and notification system via telephone. They will discuss current libraries which use both Sierra and i-Tiva, the features of i-Tiva, requirements of the library, what would be provided by i-Tiva and Innovative, details of the project and answer any questions.

10:45 – 11:00 AM HTTPS in the Webpac and Encore – Steve Heser (MCFLS WI)
11:00 – 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Fines Free WILIUG 2017 (PPTX)

Dianne Ludwig and Brooke Sievers (Addison Public Library, IL)
Come learn from our successful and not-so-successful outcomes of going fines free! We’ll discuss our philosophy for going fines free; what we hoped to accomplish and what we actually did accomplish; the planning, modification, and testing in Sierra to implement no fines; the staff training; the promotion; and what we’d do differently.

12:30 – 1:00 PM Library Tours
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM Optional Birds of a Feather lunch at Coquette Café

Separate checks are available, the restaurant recommends bringing cash, but credit cards are accepted.  They are offering our group the following options:

Organic Apple Salade (gluten free, vegetarian)
Seared Spinach and Roasted Garlic Pizza (vegetarian)
Croque Monsieur
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
Certified Angus Cheeseburger
Mousse au Chocolat (gluten free)
Tarte au Citron Vert
Gateau de l’Opera cake

You can see more descriptions of these selections here

Register by Friday, October 20th


The Mitchell Street Branch has parking spaces behind the library. There are also meters and street parking available nearby.

Click here for larger map and directions

Not a member yet?  Join here.

2017 Conference Information

Presentation information uploaded here as it is received from the presenters.

Advanced Print Templates – COLOR
Advanced Print Templates (PPTX)

Collection Analysis 101: Building Useful Collection Statistics from Scratch
Definition of terms and formulas (PDF)
Collection Analysis 101 (PPSX)

Getting a Jump on Customer Demand
Getting a Jump on Customer Demand (PPTX)

Introduction to MarcEdit
Introduction to MarcEdit (PPTX)

LibraryNow: Getting Greater Library Access into the Hands of Students
LibraryNOW: Getting Greater Library Access into the Hands of Students (PPTX)

Our Favorite SQL Queries
Favorite SQL (PPTX)
Richard Jackson JSON query generator (XLSX)
Favorite SQL Queries Barb (DOC)
Favorite SQL Queries – Steve (DOC)

Polaris Users Forum

Sierra Circulation Forum
Circ Forum Topics (DOCX)
Smart Libraries May 2017 Patron Privacy Issue (PDF)
PLA Patron Privacy Toolkit (DOCX)

Sierra Users Forum
New “Tricks” in Sierra Create Lists (PPTX)

Why Should I be a Member of IUG
Why Should I be a Member of IUG (PPTX)

Spring Conference June 8 and 9, 2017 Franklin Public Library, Franklin, WI


Registration is open until May 31st, 2017.  Register here.


List of conference sessions and times

Slides and other materials from the presenters located here

Preconference: Thursday, June 8, 2017 – 1 p.m. -4 p.m.
Linked Data, presented by representatives from Ebsco and Zepheira.

Main conference: Friday, June 9, 2017 – all day (lunch included)
Business meeting followed by multiple breakout sessions/tracks

Jim Tallman (CEO of Innovative) will be speaking.

Franklin Public Library
9151 W Loomis Rd, Franklin, WI 53132
Map link

Plentiful parking in lot

Hotels near the Franklin Public Library

$30 – preconference
$40 – conference (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
$35 preconference; $45 conference
$20 – conference