[minervacirc] Sierra upgrade Thursday Night / Friday Morning

Alisia Revitt alisia.revitt at maineinfonet.org
Tue May 17 12:37:26 EDT 2016


Hello Minervians,

I will be upgrading Minerva to Sierra version 2.2 overnight starting the
evening of Thursday May 19.  This upgrade doesn't come with any new
warnings, and should continue to fix various issues.  In addition, it has
some new features.  I've pasted a list below if you're interested.

This means 2 things for you to be aware of:
1. the Minerva system will be unavailable (or potentially unavailable) from
9pm 5/19 to 7am 5/20.  Please plan to be without the Sierra Desktop Client
(SDA) and the OPAC for part of that time.  The actual down time should be
very short: under an hour.  However, planning for the worst, there may be
complications, so please reserve the whole time as unavailable.  Please
check http://www.twitter.com/maineinfonet for the current status (you do
NOT need a twitter account to view this page!)

2. When you log in to any machine for the first time, it will download a
bunch of new .jar files and take longer to log in.  If this hangs up, give
it a minute or two and try again.  Depending on how many people at multiple
libraries are trying to log in at the same time, it can get busy.
 -- If you are at a library where you need administrator privileges to
update/install, get in touch with your IT folks so they can log in and let
the update happen.  (Academics and Hospitals often have this)
 -- If the program simply will not start or keeps hanging up multiple
times, uninstall and reinstall Sierra following the directions at the
bottom of this email.

If you have any issues, send in a ticket to support at maineinfonet.org or
support.maineinfonet.org and we'll help sort it out.
Thanks for your help in advance,
Alisia


NEW FEATURES:

   - Next Generation Create Lists:
   In Sierra 2.2 the architecture of Sierra has been leveraged to permit
   users to execute advanced JSON searches to create lists. These searches
   allow more sophisticated groupings and facilitate sharing your searches
   with other libraries. As simple as a cut and paste to the Sierra Listserv.
   Specifically there are two new methods of building a Create Lists query:
   - an "Enhanced" query builder that displays query conditions in a more
      intuitive manner and supports associating multiple terms with a
target, as
      well as a new "IN" operator
      - a "JSON" query builder that represents the query in JSON. These
      JSON-formatted queries can be saved to, and loaded from, the user's local
      filesystem.
   - Sierra Statistics:
   Sierra Statistics has been refactored to better access the Sierra
   architecture providing end users with an optimized experience running
   statistics in Sierra.


UNINSTALL AND REINSTALL SIERRA
Uninstall current version of SDA via the uninstaller called *Change Sierra
Desktop App Installation* or *Uninstall Sierra Desktop App* (depends on
your build).


You find this via the folder path of your SDA installation and is found via
path like so

*Sierra Desktop App-->Sierra Desktop App_Installation-->Uninstall Sierra
Desktop App Installation*

Once you have run the uninstaller and it exits, make sure you delete the
root Sierra folder if it still shows on the hard drive, then reboot the
machine and then go the link below and download the installer for your OS.
Please make sure you select the correct link based on your consortium. The
installer page may try to run a java applet to identify your OS, but you
can ignore/not run the applet if you wish and simply select the correct OS
installer. During install when prompted for the server, enter
*minerva.maine.edu
<http://minerva.maine.edu>.*

http://minerva.maine.edu/web/gadgets/sierraDesktopApp/noWebStart/Web_Installers/install.htm

________________________________________________________________________________________
 Alisia Revitt  |  Library Systems Manager  |  Maine InfoNet  |
alisia.revitt at maineinfonet.org
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