Minutes of April 10, 2008 Meeting

Stephanie Bartz, Melissa DeFino (for Mary Beth Weber), Judy Gardner, Tracey Meyer (guest), Mary Page, Gracemary Smulewitz, Christopher Sterback (recorder, chair), Bob Warwick
Nancy Hendrickson, Jane Sloan

1. Update on Migration to Oracle

Chris reported that the test server is scheduled to migrate to Oracle from April 21-23. Also, for the foreseeable future, after both migrations are complete, test and production will be sharing the same server. Dave Hoover is investigating how we'll run the two systems on the same server but keep the file systems separate.

At the last LIS meeting, Judy indicated that some of the branch libraries wanted to use Workflows in Offline Circulation mode to record checkout transactions while the Unicorn server was down for the migration. Chris stated that Tracey will take the lead on this project and will work with designated Access Services staff to test, configure, and coordinate this activity during the upcoming downtime.

2. Update on modification of item types

Bob updated LIS on the status of the item type changes. So far he has converted most of the items on the test system and encouraged LIS and other interested parties to use these records as a guide to help shape new procedures. Gracemary added that TSCWG (Technical Services Core Working Group) created a task force, chaired by Andy Martinez, to begin planning for the workflow changes.

3. Debriefing from SirsiDynix Superconference 2008

a. The SirsiDynix Superconference 2008 was held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit from April 5 - 8. Approximately 900 individuals attended the conference comprised of customers, vendors, and SirsiDynix employees.

b. The user's conference was comprised of 110 sessions broken down as follows:

There were from 8 to 10 concurrent presentations at any one time.

c. This is the last Unicorn only conference. Next year begins the first conference that combines the Unicorn Users Group (UUGI) with the Customers of Dynix (CODI) group. It will be held from April 5-8, 2009 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Dallas Texas.

d. The keynote address was presented by the new SirsiDynix Chief Executive Officer, Gary Rautenstrauch. Gary joined the company in June of 2007 and brings 30 years of corporate experience based on his previous positions as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Vice President of Operations at Baker and Taylor and Chief Executive Officer for Blackwell's Book Services. Gary highlighted 2007 as a transitional year. He acknowledged that there was a bit of rapid turnover after the acquisition of SirsiDynix by Vista Equity Partners but that things have settled down and they are "reaching their stride" again. He stated that the company's mantra is to "Deliver what we promise and only promise what we can deliver."

e. Even though there was a level of turmoil, SirsiDynix did well in new sales including:

f. The SirsiDynix family now includes:

g. Matt Hawkins, Chief Operating Officer, reported on their investments in client support including:

h. Talin Bingham, Chief Technology Office, reported on new directions in products that focus on improving the User's Experience. Specifically, in August, SirsiDynix will release a product called SirsiDynix Enterprise. SD Enterprise is not a new OPAC but an enhancement to the existing suite of OPAC products. It is built on a Resource Oriented Architecture (ROA). The first version will be a hosted solution and will include add-on pieces such as:

The next version, due out in 2009, will not be hosted, includes all previous features in the initial release, and will add:

i. Berit Nelson, Vice President of Product Management, reported on the new developments in the next version of Unicorn now called Symphony. The current version of Unicorn, released in December 2007, is called Symphony 3.2. The next version, due out this Spring, will be named Symphony 3.2.1 and in 2009 we'll see Symphony 3.3. The focus in the next two releases is on service to end users and staff efficiences and includes:

j. John Dickson, Vice President of Product Development, reported on technology highlights including:

k. Director's Station will go through a major upgrade this year including:

l. All of the Superconference powerpoint presentations are online in pdf format and can be found at:

Click on "user's program" to see the conference schedule. The presentation documents are restricted. If anyone wants to view these documents they should contact Chris, Bob, or Tracey in Systems for the 2008 Superconference login and password.

4. Next LIS Meeting

The next LIS meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the TSB conference room.

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