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Kenosha Public Library– A Power of Libraries Story
Blog | 21 June 2018
Between Chicago and Milwaukee sits a town named Kenosha, Wisconsin. After an incident in the town left relations between police officers and citizens a bit rocky, youth violence began to spread throughout the local parks. It came to a point where neighborhoods were no longer able to use their...

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...

Study Hall: It's not just for jocks any more

Blog| 6 July 2009

I have heard it and I have seen it, time and time again in training. As a trainer, I have just gotten through a particularly tough concept and asked the class for questions. One person will always speak what’s on the majorities’ mind and state, “...

Cloud Computing

Blog| 30 June 2009

Cloud Computing. Now there’s a buzzword with a happy ring. It sounds like computing above the work-a-day fray. It conjures up visions of flight—it sounds light and...

Regional User’s Meeting

Blog| 28 June 2009

Have you attended a SirsiDynix user’s group meeting in the past? Are you aware of the annual conference and that there are user’s group meetings held regionally throughout the year? If not, you should.

I just returned from SNRG conference...

Alberta Bound

Blog| 24 June 2009

It was great to get out of the office on some customer visits earlier this month. While a colleague who shall remain nameless elected to explore Alberta via the commercial airlines, another colleague and I have a much better sense of the...

My Friend and Colleague, Jim Michael

Blog| 12 June 2009

Last weekend we in the St. Louis office of SirsiDynix were saddened to learn of the death of Jim Michael. Many of the former DRA Classic customers will remember that Jim was one of the founding partners of DRA. Jim was the librarian in the group...

SaaS Ensures a Healthy Outlook for Your Library

Blog| 11 June 2009

Recently, I strained my back and had to undergo a procedure to repair a herniated disk. During the recovery, I realized how difficult it is to perform at a basic physical level when part of my body is not operating at full capacity. With each new...