The Libraries’ Information Technology Division is preparing for the upcoming migration of Millennium to Sierra on June 3. Here are the details:


Functional Experts

  • We have identified a group of colleagues who will serve as liaisons to the Applications Development & Support team. They will help us plan for the migration, test during the preview period, report/assist with all issues post conversion, and continue to perform system checks with each monthly update after migration
  • Functional Experts will also help identify functions still performed in the character-based system and assist in preparing documentation and training to replicate the functions in Millennium

Informational Sessions and Training

  • We are planning for informational and training sessions beginning in late April to be held at both Thompson Library and Library Tech Center
  • We are in the process of developing Sierra Central which will serve as a hub of information concerning Sierra, including FAQ, training materials, known issues, and testing plans
  • We are creating a Sierra Migration blog for timely updates


February 27

  • Michelle Gerry and Sue Rahnema visit Wright State University for overview of Sierra Systems workflow

March 12

  • Rocki Strader, Sherab Chen and Jian Lee visit University of Akron for overview of Sierra Cataloging workflow

March 13

April 2

April 11

  • Circulation staff visit Wright State University for overview of Circulation workflow in Sierra

April 15

  • Early morning (midnight – 2 a.m.) catalog downtime for server maintenance

April 30 – May 1

  • Informational sessions
  • 4/30 2:00 – 3:30 at Thompson; 5/1 10:30 – noon at Tech Center

April 22 – May 6

May 6 – Preview Period

  • Beginning of Preview period, where staff can open the Sierra Desktop Application but not make any changes
  • Sue and Michelle will visit staff to verify that they are authorized for all necessary functions

May 14 – 16

  • Training in Thompson Room 149; Times and Syllabus TBA

June 3 – Conversion Day!

  • Millennium and the character-based system cannot be used
  • Library catalog down for everyone
  • No requesting in WCL or OhioLink
  • No access to online resources from off-campus

June 4 – ???

  • IT Staff and the Functional Experts perform post-migration checking
  • Problems can be reported in the IT Service Request Form
  • Check Sierra Central for updates about ongoing issues and resolutions
  • Millennium and the character-based system will be removed from staff computers

If you have any specific training needs or conversion concerns, please create an issue. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


Michelle Gerry and Sue Rahnema, Applications Development & Support.