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Relief: Help Libraries Affected by this Season's Hurricanes
Blog | 6 October 2017
Libraries across the South and Caribbean have suffered devastation as a result of the recent hurricanes. Losses vary from flooring and computers to entire story collections. These libraries serve as primary points for people to access the internet to communicate with insurance providers and loved...

Introduction to Hands-on Learning

Blog| 12 October 2009

If you were to ask 100 people what the best way is to learn something new, a common theme you would hear among their answers would be to have an opportunity to try it out for themselves—a hands-on learning experience. There’s just something about...

Community Content

Blog| 23 September 2009

Being lovers, my wife and I spent some time in August wandering through Virginia (Williamsburg, Monticello, Shenandoah, Tangier Island...). Turns out, Bing and Google both produce very helpful results when you search for, say, “hotels near...

Blended Learning

Blog| 15 September 2009

What makes a great Chicago Style Pizza? Is it the sauce, the crust, how about mounds of mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, or green peppers? I personally love all of those parts, but as Remy, the chef/rat for “Ratatouille” shows, it’s when they all...

Collection Development 'Druthers'

Blog| 2 September 2009

Several people I’ve talked to lately wish they could do collection development with information they can’t easily get right now.

Here’s a sampling from the “wish I had” list:

Listings of the most highly reviewed or recommended...

Got Users?

Blog| 13 August 2009

My colleague Jim Wilson enjoyed visits with several customers on the U.S. West Coast this week. Jim’s conversations with customers always reveal “how I done it good at my place” and “if only I could do a little more” topics. This week’s visits...

The World Is Getting Smaller

Blog| 9 August 2009

At SirsiDynix we have a global power base of knowledge with offices all over the world. Each office is staffed with employees able to bring a global perspective to your training experience. We are now pooling that global knowledge to provide the...

A Question about Cataloging and Local Control

Blog| 7 August 2009

This month marks my fourth year making software for libraries. I readily admit to being something of a novice in the library space. I offer that disclaimer to blunt any suspicion of ill intent behind an informal one-question survey I’m taking:...

Have a Backup Plan!

Blog| 26 July 2009

When was the last time you thought about your backup practices for your ILS and other critical applications? Recently, I've seen a few restores come our way in SirsiDynix Client Care, so backups are on my mind. There is probably no topic that is...

What do you mean by “Open System”?

Blog| 23 July 2009

SirsiDynix people at conferences and in calls have used that phrase a fair bit lately. Many of our customers nod with glazed eyes as we say it, assuming it must be a good thing and there must be someone who wants that. A few, though, like the...

ALA Through a Vendor's Eyes

Blog| 15 July 2009

Flying home from ALA, I’m reflecting on how much a face-to-face meeting still means. For all our electronic mail, our twittering, webcasts, blogs, video chats, and teleconferencing, there is no substitute for a handshake and a talk around a table...