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  1. Joe Montibello
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Hi,

An FAQ about the new Idea Lab system for enhancements has been posted on the IUG website:

http://www.innovativeusers.org/system-enhancements/idea-lab-faq.html

There's been a lot of excitement and enthusiasm around the introduction of this new system. The IUG community will be working with Innovative Interfaces to come up with ideas about improvements and new directions for software development.

The first Idea Lab challenge will be coming soon, and we'll need the participation of as much of this community as we can muster. Please take a look at the FAQ and let us know if you have any questions that are not answered there - questions can be directed to enhancements@innovativeusers.org and will be answered by me, Beth Juhl of the University of Arkansas, and/or Kathie Brown of the Farmington Community Library.

Take care,
Joe Montibello
Enhancements Co-coordinator
IUG Steering Committee
joseph.montibello@dartmouth.edu

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Hi,

I wanted to share a question I received about Idea Lab and my answer, in case others might have similar questions. Thanks to Craig Boman for his willingness to let me share this exchange!

Take care,
Joe M.

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Hi Joe,

Thanks for sharing information about the idealab. This looks interesting. Are librarians reacting positively to the idealab? How much will Sierra developers be directly involved in this process (or least someone responsible for the developers)?

Best,
Craig

Craig Boman, MLIS (Ph. student)
Discovery Services Librarian
Miami University Libraries
Bomanca@miamioh.edu
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7511-4078

"There is no education as that which comes from participation in the constant stream of events." - Jane Addams (1902, p. 93)

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Hi Craig,

We're still in the run up to the launch of the tool. Conversations around it have been very positive, and we had a bunch of people at the conference volunteering to get involved with the new process.

The Sierra developers will not be directly involved in the public-facing part of challenges. The idea behind the challenge method is that each one is posted by someone who has the resources to implement the ideas that come out of that challenge. In our case, that's a product manager at III. So the challenge is put forth by a product manager who has development resources to "spend" on implementing the ideas that emerge from the challenge.

The product manager will then (presumably) work with their development team to confirm that the resources they've committed in publishing the challenge will be able to carry out the winning ideas.

Does this answer your questions? I'm happy to talk more about it if there's other information you're looking for. Also, would you be ok with me posting this question and answer out to the IUG forum? I'm thinking that there might be others out there who would be interested in this as well. I'm happy to remove your name and email address if that matters to you.

Take care,
Joe Montibello, MLIS
Library Systems Manager
Dartmouth College
603.646.9394
joseph.montibello@dartmouth.edu

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Thanks Joe,

After looking at the Ideas Lab and finally getting round to listening to the III webex, your succinct explanation of the challenge approach was very illuminating. And as Sarah also put it in response to questions at our webex, III are not going to run challenges on things they are not prepared to implement.

I'll admit this made me uneasy in the first instance because it felt that by having III decide what challenges were offered (and not yet having a mechanism for submitting enhancement requests outside of challenges) we were somehow losing control over our own enhancements process.

But reflecting further, III was always in a position of taking up some requests which won in the IUG ballots and not others.

It has also always been the case that it paid to suggest enhancements to the product managers as well as using the IUG ballot etc

Perhaps then the new approach will encourage sites to press product managers more than before to get their enhancement ideas put up as challenges?

Just thinking aloud,

Bruce.

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Do we have any idea of when the "results" from the challenge will be announced?

Edit: I see that I needed to filter by closed challenges and I can see the leveraging data one again. Looks like winners have not been selected, though it appears that phase should have happened last week.

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Good morning, Wes -- Ah, I see that! I don't recall that there was discussion about removing the challenge from the idealab.iii.com site entirely but perhaps I missed that. Let me check and report back.

As to the "winners" the team is conducting two debriefing conference calls with Innovative this week and we should have more information for everyone soon.

With deep appreciation for everyone's participation...

/beth juhl

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Correction, Wes, the archived challenge for Leveraging Data is still on this site... If you go to Challenges > and change the drop down to "Closed Challenges" you will see it. There is a place where the winners will be posted there.

/beth juhl

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Any updates on when the winning ideas might be posted?

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