MUG 2016

Schedule: September 8th and 9th

Please bring a closed container for water.  There is a water fountain outside the community rooms.  The library does not want any open drink containers or food outside of the community rooms. Reminders are listed below the schedule.  

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11:00 - 1:00

Lunch on Your Own

Informal meetings by lunch topic (Guided Lunches - Sign up) 


1:00 - 1:25

Opening session – Welcome, Conference Guide, Annual Update.

Presenter: Jimmy Thomas, Marmot Library Network

Community Room

1:30 - 2:30 

Pika Updates & Advanced Techniques

Learn about all the new functionality we have introduced within Pika in the last year (especially the new Digital Archive) as well as some commonly overlooked features that have been in Pika for a number of years.

Presenters: Mark Noble, Pascal Brammeier & Jordan Fields, Marmot Library Network

Community Room

2:30 - 3:00


Community Room

3:00 – 3:50

Sierra Updates & Advanced Techniques

This session will cover changes and updates to Create Lists, as well as Structured Query Language (SQL) for special-purpose reporting in Sierra. Learn how to use the new JSON feature in Create Lists to add a list of items or patron barcodes to a review file. 

Presenters: Lloyd Chittenden, Brandon Cole & Tammy Poquette, Marmot Library Network

Community Room

4:00 - 5:00

Innovative Updates on Sierra Web, MyLibrary!, Mobile Worklist and Sierra Roadmap

Sierra Web or Sierra Library Services Platform provides a powerful, modern foundation on which to build the future of library services.  Combining functionality with the power and scale of an open services platform.  Sierra offers trusted business logic and flexible workflow support, including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, patron management, serials handling and accounting management.

Sierra Mobile Worklists makes complex projects simple by reducing the back and forth between stacks and the desk. Fully cloud-based and integrated with the Sierra Desktop App, Mobile Worklists provides new functionality for traditional library operations.

MyLibrary! Is a mobile app designed specifically for library users that connects them to their library’s resources on-the-go. Give users a complete mobile library experience with direct access and seamless interactions from the palm of their hands.  Patrons can scan ISBN barcodes to retrieve all available formats.

The Roadmap for Sierra will be discussed.

Presenters: Bill Schickling & Joseph Wojtowicz, Innovative

Community Room

5:30 – 7:00p

MUG Reception - Marlo's Lounge

(Springhill Suites, 236 Main St)










8:00 – 8:45

Digital Archives - Getting Started

Representatives from public and academic libraries describe the process each is going through to develop their collections in the Marmot Digital Archive. Libraries planning on or considering participating in the archive will get a better of idea of the process and what’s required to get started. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of librarians who are currently working on actual projects to build the archive.

Panelists: Lacy Dunlavy, Eagle Valley Libraries; Jill McKinney, Gunnison Libraries; Alysa Selby, Bud Werner Library; Martha Talman, Fort Lewis College; Nicole LeBoeuf Trujillo, Adams State University
Moderator: Jordan Fields, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 1

8:00 - 8:45

Making the Most of IT Services 

The IT Services Team will discuss the ways to leverage Marmot's IT support including tips on using the helpdesk, ticket system, and other tools provided to get the best experience and knowledge out of Marmot IT support.

Presenters: Sean Hanson & JB Wiese, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

9:00 - 9:45

Copyrights and Copywrongs

This session will cover basic copyright issues faced everyday by libraries and provide guidance on minimizing risk while maximizing patron experiences.

Presenter: Eric Prosser, Fort Lewis College

Community Room 1

9:00 - 9:45

Marmot Online Courses, Modules and Training

Learn what ecourses are being created & designed for all the Marmot Libraries.  We are using Storyline 2 from Articulate to create and produce courses.  During this session you will see examples of the courses we are creating, as well as future courses we are designing.  Also, learn more about ways to request training from the Marmot Staff. 

Presenter: Tammy Poquette, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

9:45 - 10:15

Break (coffee, tea, water)


Community Room 2

10:15 – 11:00

Hands on the Digital Archive

Did you get excited about the Digital Archive this morning?  Have content you want to contribute, but aren’t sure where to start?  In this session we will talk about the specifics of getting your content into the archive.  If you have digital content from your library, please bring it to get a head start on your collection or use some of our sample files to practice with.  If you bring your laptop we will have tables and power for you so you can work directly with the archive.

Presenter: Jordan Fields, Marmot Library Network


Community Room 1

10:15 - 11:00

Sierra for Admin

Marmot maintains and supports all parameter tables in Sierra. However with read access to these tables you can make informed decisions about changes that would best suit your library. Brandon will discuss how each of the parameter tables function and teach you how to read them in order to make these decisions. At the end of this session you will have a greater knowledge of the inner workings of tables such as Loan Rules, Loan Rule Determiner, Hold Pickup Locations, Text of Circ, and Patron blocks.

Presenter: Brandon Cole, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

11:15 - 12:00

Pika for Admin

Learn how to configure Pika to meet your library's needs.  We will work through the administration interface talking about common settings that libraries can tweak.  We will also discuss setting up browse categories and list widgets. Bring any questions you have about your current setup so we can answer them during the session as time allows.  If you bring your laptop we will have tables and power for you so you can update the configuration of your site during the session.

Presenter: Mark Noble, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 1

11:15 - 12:00

Data Clean Up with Regular Expressions in Create Lists

Regular expressions are a language for creating complex search queries that is supported in Sierra Create Lists. This session will look at how to use regular expressions for advanced searching. We will demonstrate with examples looking for bad data in the database.

Presenter: Lloyd Chittenden, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

12:00 p.m.

Thanks for coming and have a safe trip home!





Mesa County Public Central Library   
443 N. 6th Street
Grand Junction, CO  81501


Please DO NOT park in the library's parking lots. There is parking available on Ouray Ave to the north of the library and on 6th St, to the east.  For those of you staying at the hotels on the east end of Main Street, you could leave your vehicle at the hotel and walk to the library.

Name tags: 

​Don’t forget to bring/wear your library name tag.


We will have registration for MUG this year.

Please see the Registration contact list to find your contact person.  You will contact the person on the list for your library.  The contact person will send your information to Mary Vernon.  Mary will keep the master list of attendees. 

Contact Person Responsibilities​
1) Share the MUG schedule with the staff
2) Request that they register with you for the days and/or session(s) that they would like to attend 
3) Contact Mary Vernon ( with the following registration information:
   a) Employee name
   b) Library
   c) Days attending
   d) Attending reception
   e) Session(s) attending (if known)
   f) Email address


Lunch will NOT be provided either days of the conference

  • Sack lunches are allowed if eaten in the main conference room or on the patio
  • No food or drink allowed in other areas of the library
  • No refrigeration or microwave available


Spring Hill Suites                              
236 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501


Parking is $6 per vehicle per night. 
Check-in time: 3pm    
Check-out time: 12pm 


Other hotels in the area:
Hampton Inn   205 Main St.    970-243-3222
Fairfield Inn    225 Main St.    970-242-2525