23:3 (2008:09) 23rd Conference (2008): User Groups: SirsiDynix

September 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Conference Reports, User Groups | Leave a comment

USER GROUP

SirsiDynix User Group Session

Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Toronto
Reported by Sharon Dyas-Correia

Almost twenty SirsiDynix customers attended the Sunday morning informal User Group meeting in Phoenix.  Sharon Dyas-Correia, SIRSI Serial Enhancements Forum moderator, began the session by welcoming everyone; introducing herself, presenting a basic agenda, and polling attendees as to which product version they use.

Ed Riding, the SirsiDynix representative attending NASIG, was unable to attend the meeting.  Sharon reminded attendees of the enhancement process for SirsiDynix products and encouraged users to actively participate on SirsiDynix lists and enhancement forums.  The deadline for voting on current enhancement suggestions was extended to July 15, and more active participation in the process is essential to obtaining product improvements.

Sharon presented a summary of the expected enhancements for Symphony 3.2, and enhancements under consideration for 3.3 or later versions, that were announced at the SirsiDynix SuperConference held in April 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  Enhancements for version 3.2 included: improvements to sorting options for received issues; delete received issues tool button and report; additional dialog to alert receivers that there are no more expected issues; CONSER 891 pattern loading support; title sorting for prediction as late report; printing ISSN on printed serial claim notice; print serial issue label report serial controls without prediction report; and MARC holdings export report and holdings output options.

Enhancements under consideration for future versions of Symphony included: report options to list serial controls by distribution; an updated serial control print tool to output extended information entries; an option to update serial control fiscal cycle field on rollover; the ability to re-link or transfer a serial control record from one bibliographic record to another; and a tool to allow viewing and editing vendor information in prediction, receipt and claim records.

Considerable discussion of future directions and product development followed and several attendees expressed disappointment that some enhancement requests made over the past few years are still only under consideration for future versions.  Many tips and tricks were shared as well.  Sharon asked if there were any final questions or comments and adjourned the meeting when the allotted time was over.

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