MUG 2021


Schedule: October 20th, 21st, and 22nd

Marmot User Group (MUG) Conference is going to be virtual this year. Registration is required. We have Zoom Guidelines for attendees. 

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

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Schedule for  Wednesday, October 20th

Time Session
9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Power, Privilege, Identity, and Allyship

You likely have heard a lot about privilege, oppression, and how our identities shape our lived experiences in the world, but you may still have questions about what these concepts really mean, and why some identities are salient over others in our society. Furthermore, when you learn you have privilege, what comes next? How can you use your privilege to act in allyship with marginalized/targeted/oppressed groups, and what does good allyship even look like, especially when working with a diverse library population? Join us for a keynote conversation with Regan Byrd of Regan Byrd Consulting to explore some of these critical questions. 

Presenter: Regan Byrd, Regan Byrd Consulting

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Session

On the Spot Yoga

How to Recharge and Refresh for Desk Dwellers.

Yoga Instructor: Amy Hardwick, Embody Wellness

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Catalog Cleanup with Sierra DNA and Google Sheets

Google Sheets customized to work with Sierra DNA and Create Lists to quickly identify and correct cataloging errors in LOCATION, ITYPE, ICODE2, and CALL NUMBER.

Presenter: Andy Helck, Wilkinson Public Library

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Here's the best takeaway for your one-on-one research appointment!

Gayle Gunderson, Dean of the Library at Colorado Christian University, shares what their librarians do and what we feel is a best practice for one-on-one research appointments. What this is, is a template that the librarians use for a follow-up email that is sent to the patron. We use the template to share our search tips and search results, we go over it with the patron during our meeting, and then we send it to the patron following the appointment. The "best" of the best practice is that patrons don't need to scramble to take notes during the session, they'll have the links that were shown to them in the appointment time, the email has our evaluation survey linked to it, it helps us to prepare for a good meeting, and when we have repeat questions we already have good notes.

Presenter: Gayle Gunderson, Colorado Christian University


Schedule for Thursday, October 21st

Time Session
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Prep Cataloging Records Using MarcEdit

This presentation will go over the basic functionality of MarcEdit and how it can be used to update and prepare a bibliography, order (960/961), and item (949) records for loading into Sierra. We will focus on batch processing tools and Task Lists for automated functionality. Beginners are welcome and encouraged! 

Tired of individually adding order records for Amazon? In the final 15 minutes of the session, we will review a process that takes an Amazon order and uses an Excel macro to automatically create a file ready to upload into MarcEdit, update with a Task List, and load as brief bibliography with order records into Sierra. Step-by-step instructions, the Excel macro, MarcEdit load template, and Task List will be shared with all attendees.

Presenter: Lisa Solko, Mesa County Public Library District
11:15a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Read Wider: Cultivating Empathy with Access
Programming concerning Own Voices stories and the celebration of ethnic and racial heritage months will be discussed, as well as steps taken by the entire staff to support EDI-oriented efforts.
Presenter: Sierra Fransen, Pitkin County Library
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Brown Bag Lunch Session 

Best Reads During COVID
Did you read lots of great books during 2020 thanks to more free time? If not, do you wish you could have? Come and share your favorite 2020 reads and hear about everyone else's favorites!
Monterator: Elizabeth (Liz) vonTauffkirchen, Pine River Library

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Marmot Knowledge Base 101: an introduction to your new Marmot documentation hub
Marmot staff will preview our new Marmot Knowledge Base housed in Confluence. The session includes a discussion of the needs that prompted us to create a knowledge base and how to access and navigate the new space. There will be a demo of the knowledge base search functionality. The staff will discuss the next steps including our communication plan regarding the Knowledge Base and updates to the existing Marmot website.
Presenters: Adam Murray, Ashley Sneeby, and Tammy Poquette, Marmot Library Network
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Overview of FOLIO Gap Analysis
Over the last year, UCC and ASC have been working on analyzing FOLIO's functionality to look for important gaps between what it can do and what we would need. Brandon and Lloyd will discuss the results of that work.
Presenter: Lloyd Chittenden, and Brandon Cole, Marmot Library Network


Schedule for Friday, October 22nd

Time  Session
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Create Lists Consortium Standards and Tips

Lisa and Lloyd will review methods everyone from beginners to experts can use to work within the shared consortium environment of Create Lists including how to move, lock, and release review files; how to use saved searches, sorts, and exports; and other tips for effective and organized use of Create Lists.

Come to have your voice heard in an open discussion relating to new guidelines for file naming standards, how long review files are allowed to remain in the limited available space, what happens when review files remain after this timeframe, and a proposed one time cleanup of saved searches, sorts, and exports. 

Presenters: Lisa Solko, Mesa County Public Library District and Lloyd Chittenden, Marmot Library Network

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Project ReShare Demo

The ReShare Community is a group of libraries, consortia, information organizations and developers (including Marmot!), with both commercial and non-commercial interests, who came together in 2018 to create Project ReShare – a new and open approach to library resource sharing. The ReShare Community has a bold vision for building a user-centered, app-based, community-owned resource-sharing platform for libraries to set a new standard for how we connect library patrons to the resources and information they require.  This vision is of interest to Marmot, as we look beyond existing commercial resource sharing platforms to the future of resource sharing in Colorado.

On August 12, 2021, the PALCI consortium - more than 50 diverse academic libraries located in PA, NY, NJ, and WV - became the first library consortium to launch what is now the world’s first community-owned open source consortial borrowing system.

This session is a demo of the ReShare Returnables functionality, given by a PACLI member.

Presenter: PALCI member library staff

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Tomes to Terabytes OR A Lightning Round-Style Digital Archive Presentation

Members of the Digital Archive Committee will share content and stories from the archive. The objective is to improve awareness and inspire other libraries to digitally preserve their local history collections, and make the same accessible the world over. 

Enjoy some of the newest and most interesting digital collections our libraries have to offer, and learn about how collaborations with community partners and other library staff help make what was formerly dusty digital. What was once bound, binary.  

Presenters: John Major, Bud Werner Memorial Library; Matthew Mickelson, Eagle Valley Library District; Elizabeth Bush, and Noel Kalenian, Mesa County Public Library District


MUG Registration - MUG will be a multi-day conference but you can pick and choose which session you want to attend. Registered attendees will receive an email with the online Zoom links for all the MUG sessions. 

Here are the Zoom Attendee Guidelines.