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Registration for this year’s Northern California User’s Group Conference is now open! It will be held on Friday, November 17th at the Santa Clara University Library, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara CA 95053. Registration cost is $30 per person; refreshments and lunch will be provided. The food options will accommodate vegetarians and vegans but not necessarily other food allergies or restrictions; please plan accordingly.

Please register online by November 10th using this link: https://www.regonline.com/2017norcaliugconference. We regret that we cannot accommodate same-day registration. Please direct your questions about the event or registration to: Vanessa Walden (walden@marincounty.org) and/or Wen-ying Lu (wlu@scu.edu).

Santa Clara University is directly across El Camino Real from a train station served by CalTrain, Amtrak Commuter Rail, and the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE). Parking is also available on campus for $8.00 per day per vehicle – this may be pre-paid during your registration or you may pay when arriving on campus. If you prepay parking, you may pick up your parking pass at the kiosk as you enter the main entrance to campus, directly across El Camino Real from the train station.


9:00 – 9:30 Registration with coffee & light refreshments (included with your registration fee)
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome
9:45 – 10:45 Innovative update: Bill Schickling, Executive Vice President, Business Development
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Presentations from NorCal IUG libraries (everyone will get to see all of these)
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (included with your registration fee)
1:00 – 1:15 Optional tour of the SCU Automated Retrieval System (ARS) operations
1:15 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions (choose one to attend)
Systems & API
Circulation / Resource Sharing / Link+
Cataloging & Authorities
Acquisitions & Serials
2:45 – 3:00 Wrap up from steering committee, evaluation, and outreach for leadership opportunities in NorCal IUG

Bill has been a Library industry innovator for over 30 years, starting with Gaylord Bros. in April 1987, where he was a principal architect of GALAXY and the Polaris Integrated Library System. He served as Vice President of Research and Product Development at Gaylord Bros., growing the software business before creating Polaris Library Systems as a standalone company. Bill became the President and CEO of Polaris Library Systems in May 2003, and evolved Polaris into the best in class Integrated Library System for Public Libraries, ranked highest year after year in customer satisfaction. Bill’s industry experience includes skillful collaboration working with partners and innovators in the interest of library success.

Gem Stone-Logan (Mountain View Public Library): Saving Time with Python
Abstract: Using a programming language, such as Python, can save library staff time by reducing repetitious tasks. This presentation will discuss the benefits of using Python, describe the process of installing Python on a Windows computer, and provide examples on how to make reports and processes more efficient.
Bio: Gem Stone-Logan is the Technology Librarian at Mountain View Public Library and has worked as a systems librarian for the last 12 years. She has a BA in computer science and a MS in library and information science. She started learning Python to save time generating reports.

John Boggs (Peninsula Library System): Extending Sierra using SQL and the Sierra APIs
Abstract: The Peninsula Library System has been using SQL and Sierra’s REST APIs to extend the capabilities of our Sierra system and to schedule automated tasks. This allows us to provide extra services to our patrons and ease the workload for both librarians and IT staff.
Bio: John Boggs has been the Database Manager at PLS for over 10 years, managing their Millennium and then Sierra system, focusing on automating recurring tasks and scripting to allow them to more effectively use those systems.

Anders Lyon & Justine Withers (Univ. of San Francisco): Redesigning Our WebPAC: A Progress Report
Abstract: Our library’s WebPAC is in need of a refresh. This progress report covers the last couple months we’ve spent analyzing current functions and identifying future needs. We are using pages created by Innovative as a new base for our catalog and will be employing an iterative redesign process. We will talk about our experience attending the III WebPAC workshop, gaining access to the hosted servers, getting buy-in from librarians, and designing quick-hit and lengthier usability studies.
Bios: Justine Withers is the Electronic and Continuing Resources Catalog Librarian at University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library, Geschke Center. She brings years of experience from a previous career in technical writing and website design to this redesign project. Anders Lyon is the Stacks Coordinator at University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library, Geschke Center. He recently earned an MLIS from San Jose State University, where much of his coursework focused on information architecture and web technology.

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