MUG 2017

Schedule: October 5th and 6th

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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Thursday:October 5th




8:00 - 11:00

Hands on Session: Pika Deep Dive for Pika Admin

In this hands on session we’ll be going over some of the lesser known and more complex 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. Appropriate for veteran and new Pika admins.

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

Computer Lab

8:00 - 11:00

Hands on Cataloging - What’s it about and where do we shelve it? Tips, tricks, rules, and best practices for subject cataloging and classification.

This session will provide information and guidance on how to assign subject headings using LCSH and classification numbers using both LC and Dewey. ClassificationWeb and WebDewey will be demonstrated, but we will also spend time on ways to find subject headings and classification numbers if you don’t have either of these tools. The session will be hands-on, and I’ll bring some fun items to work with, but please bring your own examples as well.

Presenter: Karen Neville, Colorado Christian University

CMU Library Computer Room

11:00 - 12:30

Lunch on Your Own or Dine Arounds/Guided Lunches
Informal meetings by lunch topic (Guided Lunches - Sign up sheet) 


1:00 - 1:25

Opening Session – Welcome, Conference Guide, Annual Update.
Presenter: Jimmy Thomas, Marmot Library Network

Community Room

1:30 - 2:30 

Sierra Updates, Advanced Techniques & Overview

This session will cover Sierra updates. Learn how to use the Create Lists Enhanced feature to scan barcodes into a Review File (bonus: instructions are included to configure a barcode scanner for this process). This session will review all the changes to the website.  Learn what information and materials are available to help you with Sierra, Pika and IT Services.

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

Community Room

2:30 - 3:00


Community Room

3:00 – 3:50

Pika Updates & Advanced Techniques
Hear about what new features and projects the R&D team has been working on for the past 12 months.

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

Community Room

4:00 - 5:00

Keynote Session: Who, What, Where, When, and How - Piecing together the Colorado Digital Landscape to Tell a Bigger Story of Our History.

Join Leigh Jeremias and Regan Harper from the Colorado State Library to learn more about Colorado’s current digital landscape, the development of the Plains to Peaks Collective, and Colorado’s growing national footprint through the Digital Public Library of America.  We will take a look at where we are, where we are going and how your institution can be part of the national digital scene. 

Presenters:Regan Harper & Leigh Jeremias, Colorado State Library

Community Room

5:30 – 7:00p

MUG Reception - Marlo's Lounge

(Springhill Suites, 236 Main St)



Friday:October 6th





8:00 – 8:45

Great Picks with Pika : Using Pika for Readers’ Advisory in Your Library and Beyond

Pika has lots of great functionality for users and staff alike. We’ll be discussing how to use Pika’s features for readers’ advisory work in a staff role, extending readers’ advisory digitally with tools from Pika, helping users help themselves, and how to find the perfect title for anyone.

PresenterAshley Sneesby-Stippich, CLiC

Community Room 1

8:00 - 8:45

Sierra DNA/SQL

A look at how you can use Sierra DNA to pull information out of the system that can be more difficult or impossible to pull out of Sierra using tools like create lists and statistics.

Presenter: Brandon Cole, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

9:00 - 9:45

Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Estes Valley Public Library created a Financial Literacy program called Common Cents for Colorado. In 2015, Gunnison, Vail and Pitkin participated. We will be reporting on its success and share how the program is now available to anyone!

Presenter: Nathalie Crick, Pitkin County Library

Community Room 1

9:00 - 9:45

Cyber Security - It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

Learn about Bud Werner’s implementation of their Password Security program, and Mesa County’s implementation of their overall library cyber-security policy.  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; Alysa Selby, Bud Werner Library; Shana Wade, Mesa County Libraries

Community Room 2

9:45 - 10:15



Community Room 2

10:15 - 11:00

Statistics Dashboard

Using a program called Tableau, Brandon will create beautiful visual statistics out of the database to give you custom reports about Transactions, Collections, Usage, and Patrons. This is the future data analysis.

Presenter: Brandon Cole, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 1

10:15 - 11:00

Digital Archives Full Steam Ahead

The digital archive is out of beta and now has over a dozen libraries participating and more than 20,000 objects! Come see what innovative local projects Marmot members adding to their collections.

Presenter: Jordan Fields, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 2

11:15 - 12:00

Pika for Catalogers

Ever wondered how Pika determines formats or groups works together?  Curious about how facets are determined?  Want more control over how data from your MARC records show in Pika?  We’ll go over all of those things to help you make the most of the cataloging you do in Sierra.  

Presenters: Pascal Brammeier, Mark Noble & Tammy Poquette, Marmot Library Network

Community Room 1

11:15 - 12:00

Workflow Analysis (View Outstanding Holds, Browse Query, Deletes)

Learn about the 'View Outstanding Holds' function and the 'Browse Query' tool, which help manage patron holds and retrieve hard-to-find patron data.
In the second half, we'll go over methods for deleting records. Topics include a Sierra macro for deleting individual items, and how to use create lists to quickly mark a whole cart of books for deletion.

Presenters: Austin Mullinex, Mesa County Libraries;  Andy Helck & Amy Sieving , Wilkinson Library 

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)


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