MUG 2018

Schedule: October 4th and 5th

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.  

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

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Schedule for Thursday, October 4th

Time Session Room

8:00 – 11:00







PIka Hands-On Session

In this hands-on session we will cover some of the less-than-obvious configuration options for Pika. Participants will have the opportunity to make changes to their test or live versions of Pika during the session. We’ll have a generous question and answer period to answer all of your Pika questions and curiosities.

Limit is 34 people  - Registration Form

Audience: Appropriate for veteran and new Pika admins.
Presenters: Pascal Brammeier & Ashley Sneesby, Marmot Library Network

CMU Library Computer Room 212







11:30 - 12:30

Lunch in the Community Rooms
Registration Required.  Please register with your library contact for this lunch.

Mesa & Monument 

1:00 - 1:25


Opening session – Marmot's Executive Director Introduction.  Meet the rest of the Marmot Staff.
Presenter: Adam Murray, Executive Director, Marmot Library Network

Mesa & Monument 


1:30 - 2:30



Cyber Security – It is Everyone’s Responsibility
Marmot Staff will speak about security risks and solutions, as well as the importance of staff buy-in and participation for any security solution to be successful.

Presenters: Sean Hanson & JB Wiese, Marmot Library Network

Mesa & Monument 



2:30 - 3:00 

Break Mesa & Monument 

3:00 – 3:50 



R&D/Pika Updates 
Hear about what new features and projects the R&D team has been working on for the past 12 months.
Presenters: Pascal Brammeier & Ashley Sneesby, Marmot Library Network

Mesa & Monument



4:00 - 5:00




User Services Updates, Advanced Techniques and New Offerings
This session will cover Sierra updates. Learn about how to use OpenRefine to analyze your data in new ways.  Learn about the new online training sessions and the new self-paced course.

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

Mesa & Monument





Schedule for Friday, October 5th

Time Session Room
8:00 – 8:45

Do Person Entities Dream of Electric Sheep?: Using desk staff to assist in Digital Object description and Entity creation.  

Learn how the BWML Reference Department has organized desk staff to improve efficiency in Digital Archive Project completion and Reference Services through increased local history awareness. Entities can be heavy--don’t do it alone!

Audience: Marmot members either already engaged in a Digital Archive project, or those looking for procedural examples/best practices for training and managing staff or volunteers.
Skill level: Beginner to Advanced.  Familiarity with Islandora forms/function preferred. 

Presenters: John Major, Bud Werner Memorial Library; Liz Vontauffkirchen; Pine River Library

8:00 – 8:45

Regular Expressions for Data Cleanup in Sierra

Regular expressions is a language for creating complex searches 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 like bad barcodes and MARC data errors.

Audience:  Anyone who uses Create Lists
Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced

Presenter: Lloyd Chittenden, Marmot Library Network

9:00 – 9:45

Overdrive’s Advantage Plus:  How it works and how it might affect consortium spending.

Learn the ins and outs of being an Advantage Plus library - from setting up your collection for the first time, to weekly maintenance and gathering statistics.  Since the Advantage Plus option allows libraries to curate and manage an online collection just as we do for physical collections, the Advantage Plus overview will be followed by an open discussion on how the consortium should fund and maintain Overdrive in the future. 

Audience: Administration, Digital Services Staff, those in charge of budget allotment
Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

Presenter: Alysa Selby, Bud Werner Memorial Library

9:00 – 9:45

Virtual Reality - The New Frontier in Library Programming
What is Virtual Reality and the current  state of the technology; The rationale behind offering VR as an experience in libraries; The organizational challenges and solutions; The structure for VR programs in GCLD; The outcomes to date including pluses and minuses; The cost and expertise.

Audience: Administration Staff, Frontline Staff, General Staff, Technical Services Staff
Skill level: Intermediate

Presenter: Anthony Leyba, Grand County Library District

9:45 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:00

The Art of Creating Lists
Learn the basics of Create Lists and how to construct a search and some tips and tricks; find out what queries some libraries run regularly and see some of their creative queries and learn how to export to Excel. And get your questions answered!

Audience: Anyone who wants to learn to use create lists; those interested in reports on circ-related issues
Skill level: Beginner

Presenters:Nathalie Crick, Pitkin County Library; Diane Levin, Eagle Valley Library District

10:15 - 11:00

What to Read
Booktalks about great new reads and resources on finding the books patrons of different ages will be talking about.

Audience: Library staff who do reader’s advisory and readers in general
Skill level: Beginner to Advanced

Presenter: Di Herald, Mesa County Public Library District

11:15 - 12:00

Spine Magic: Tips & Techniques for Printing Labels Using Sierra, SkyRiver, or OCLC
We will present practical techniques for printing items’ spine and interior labels in Sierra, SkyRiver, and OCLC, allowing for efficient and customizable options for both individual and batch printing. Consider adopting these practices into your own workflow

Audience: Technical Services Staff
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate

Presenters: Amy Currier, Colorado Mountain College; Carol McArdell, Pitkin County Library; Sarah Nordholm, Summit County Library

11:15 - 12:00

Why Pika's Awesome
We will give an overview of Pika features and options with a comparison to other discovery layers on the market.  We will show how this can work for all types of libraries.  Come and learn why Pika is the best option out there and just how awesome it is to work with this team!

Audience: General Staff
Skill level: Beginner

Presenters: Beth Gallinger, Flatirons Library Consortium; James Staub, Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools

12:00 p.m. Thanks for coming and have a safe trip home!  


MUG Location:
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. On Friday, October 5th only the East entrance will be open before 9 a.m.

Name tags: 
Please remember to bring/wear your library name tag.

MUG Registration:
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. Please register staff by or before September 7th.
  4. Contact Mary Vernon ( with the following registration information:
  • Employee name
  • Library
  • Days attending
  • Session(s) attending (if known)
  • Attending Lunch  
    • Lunch will be provided by Marmot on Thursday, October 4th from 11:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Lunch will be in the main conference rooms 
    • No food or drink allowed in other areas of the library
    • No refrigeration or microwave available

Spring Hill Suites| 236 Main Street| Grand Junction, CO 81501| 970-424-5777

  • Parking is $7 per vehicle per night.
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 12pm

Fairfield Inn| 225 Main Street| Grand Junction, CO 81501| 970-242-2525

  • Parking is $7 per vehicle per night.
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 12pm