EMERYVILLE, Calif. — Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has strengthened the Sierra integrated library system with a re-designed holdshelf architecture and increased open integration options to provide libraries with more flexibility through an open, seamless solution.
In Sierra Release 3.1, the re-designed holdshelf architecture enables Create Lists to search for items by "On Holdshelf" and "Pickup By" dates, and to identify items on the holdshelf by item status or hold status. Staff will have the ability to always see what's on the holdshelf from anywhere in Sierra.
The beta testing phase for Sierra Release 3.1 engaged 28 different Innovative library partners to test and provide feedback on the software. For Massey University in New Zealand, the beta process was a great way to work with the release before deploying it.
"After using Sierra Release 3.1 on our test server during the beta process, we're really looking forward to moving it to production," said Tim Darlington, Digital Services Manager at Massey University Library. "The new holdshelf architecture worked smoothly for our staff and fixed a previous problem with clearing the holdshelf, and the addition of CRUD for further patron data fields to Sierra APIs will bring us closer to automated updating of Sierra patron data by our student management system."
The latest release of Sierra demonstrates Innovative's ongoing commitment to open systems for libraries, extending an already robust set of RESTful APIs to provide added flexibility. Enhancements to the Patron API include an expanded set of fields available for create, read, and update access, and a new endpoint to delete patron records. Additionally, a new endpoint in the Branches API supports external requests for a list of valid pickup locations along with a new endpoint in the Patron API for reading patron metadata. Library partners working with external integrations have an extensive list of actions and automations to fully leverage their Sierra data.
"This release helps libraries configure their library management system to leverage their unique collections and communities," said Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product at Innovative. "Continually enhancing our APIs and developing our technology to meet evolving functional requirements guarantees our library partners have a modern solution that will easily fit into future architecture for library systems and solutions."
In Sierra Release 3.1, library staff can now execute multiple coverage loads at once, using more than one template. This means that multiple library staff, assigned to different Accounting Units, can simultaneously run coverage loads without impacting each other's work. Additional new features of Sierra Release 3.1 include:
- Upgraded e-Commerce support. Sierra e-commerce in WebPAC, Express Lane, and Program Registration now supports TLS 1.2 connections to PayPal.
- SSH key authentication. Use SSH key authentication with any choice of third-party SSH client in the admin corner.
- Raised system limits. The maximum number of entries for the RLOC-BLOC Addresses table is now 2000, and the maximum number of entries for the Branches table is 10,000.
- Support for Red Hat 7.
- Returning title level holds information in SIP2 messages. Self-checkout machines can display a list of all a patron's holds, including title level holds (bib or volume).
Sierra Release 3.1 also includes enhancements to the Sierra Web Application with improved currency controls in the Sierra record editor and usability improvements for easier record editing functionality.
For more detailed release notes, library partners can review the Sierra Release 3.1 announcement in the Innovative Supportal.
Innovative (www.iii.com) provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, corporate, and special libraries, and consortia. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence—serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide.