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1 Exploring Sierra’s hidden gems
Precious tidbits for improving your workflow

2 objectives focus Discover the capabilities of Sierra.
Examine ways to incorporate these features into your workflow. Learn what your peers are doing. It is my hope that you will walk away with at least one new thing that can help you out in the library. objectives focus Macros Browse Queries Create Lists Search Range feature High Demand Holds Reinstate Fine Merge Identical Patrons Linking Patrons ing Receipts/Slips

3 Some of these features may need to be enabled by Maine InfoNet staff before you are able to see and utilize them. Not all of the features we will discuss are new. note

4 Macros Use them to… Create shortcuts to your functions (checkout, check in, create lists, catalog, serials). Create macros for commonly used notes, messages, addresses, cataloging information or searches. Use macros for diacritics that you use frequently. Macros that jump you to a certain section of Sierra….Check Out CTRL+F2…Check In CTRL+F3…Catalog CTRL+F4…Create Lists CTRL+F1 Macros that jump you to a certain section AND enter the search index and phrase…Catalog>Journal Title>Journal of SHIFT F2…Catalog>Journal Title>American SHIFT+F3…Catalog>Subject>Maine History SHIFT+F4 Where to find them on the website – URSUS - resources/sierra-circulation-manual/ Minerva - circulation-manual/

5 Macros

6 Browse queries In Catalog Function, Tools>Browse Query
Use it for quick and concise searches (Max…5,000 records) Lists that do not need to be retained Since it isn’t retained, you don’t have to follow the standards for keeping the review files in Create Lists organized. In Catalog Function, Tools>Browse Query Examples: Patron phone numbers Patron addresses Notes/Messages in item records View hold information CTRL+F10 will get you to Browse Query Item Note: Temple Israel Hold Note: Needed for Blue Argyles Book Group Phone #:


8 Create lists Allows you to choose a review file large enough to contain the search and retain it for future use Search an indexed range, existing review file or a specific range Use an existing search Retrieve saved query Examples: Compile review files for weeding Create patron expiration lists to export into a mail merge Items that haven’t circulated Use in conjunction with Statistics (item note has temple israel...i x h temple israel Item created between 06/01/14 and 10/31/14...i 83 w ) EXISTING SEARCH How often have you seen another library creating a list that you would like to do for your library? Find an empty review file>select search records>click on Use Existing Search>scroll through the list until you find the one you want to mimic>select OK>adjust the parameters of the search to reflect your library information. RETRIEVE SAVED QUERY

9 Create Lists Screen

10 Create Lists Boolean Search Screen

11 Search range feature Instead of searching the catalog…
create a review file in create lists and browse through the list using the search range feature. Peruse a list in a more browse-friendly way. Make changes and move on quickly. Tools>Search>Range

12 Search Range

13 Search Range 2

14 Search Range 3

15 High demand holds Creates a report which identifies titles that have a large number of holds. Found in Function Menu View system holds or local holds Browse within Sierra Desktop App Ability to export lists Manage your acquisitions using HDH Create a most popular list for your patrons

16 High Demand Holds

17 High Demand Holds 2

18 High Demand Holds 3

19 Reinstate fine A fine can be reinstated in all instances, except:
Any Manual charge added as a fine Adjustment charges for billed rental items Any library notice printing charges Any charge with a payment status of Adjustment When in a patron account, review the Fines Paid history in the Fines Tab. View the Fine and select the Reinstate Fine button.

20 Reinstate fines

21 Merge duplicate patrons
If you have an instance where two patron accounts are for the same individual, merge them together using Merge Duplicate Patrons, which can be found in the Functions menu. Find two identical (similar) patrons and note their patron record #s The primary account will have the secondary accounts information added to it and the secondary will be deleted. All notes, fines, holds, etc. will be moved over to the primary account. Write down the primary account’s patron record number – this will be your Destination Record. Write down the secondary account’s patron record number – this will be your Source Record.

22 Merge Duplicate Patrons

23 Merge Duplicate Patrons 2

24 Linking patrons Link patron accounts for:
Families Classrooms Book groups Business accounts Allows you to quickly jump between accounts Makes paying fines for multiple accounts easier

25 Linking Patrons

26 Linking Patrons

27 Emailing a receipt Change your receipt printer settings to email
Want to save paper? Tired of changing out rolls or reams of paper? Want to cut office/equipment costs? Change your receipt printer settings to Patrons will receive their receipts in their i.e. payments, checked out slips, holds list, etc. Patrons who want a printout can easily have one without you going back and forth to the printer settings each time a patron comes to the desk.

28 Receipt

29 Receipt

30 What hidden treasures do you have?

31 Mla/masl Joint Conference Expanding your possibilities
PRESENTED BY Lynn a. Uhlman November 16, 2014

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