Pre-Conference Sessions

COSUGI Sponsored Pre-Conference Sessions

For further questions, please Contact Anita Winger, at awinger@library.msstate.edu


Full Day session - April 15, 2018 - 9:00-4:30 - $80 (limited to 30 participants)
 
LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Programming Basics - Coding and robotics is nothing new, but did you know that coding is predicted to be one of the leading skillsets needed for tomorrow’s workforce?  Or that robotics is one of the primary growing technologies to employ that skillset?  Since libraries are often the only opportunity for our communities to explore and experience upcoming technologies, come learn a fun, hands-on approach to bringing a slice of that technology home.  Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming Basics is the perfect introduction into the world of coding and robotics.  No experience is needed to use this icon based programming method.   When finished, you’ll come away with an understanding of why coding is more about problem solving while learning some foundational coding principles to help you think like a coder.  Not to mention you’ll have a whole lot of fun bringing your Lego robot to life. 
 
For more information, visit the Washington State Libraries online LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Programming Basics tutorial with accompanying instructional videos available on YouTube.
 
Half Day - April 15, 2018 - 9:00-12:30 – $40
 
Enterprise Hackfest – Join us as we show some tips and tricks in BC Enterprise.  Bring your laptop to follow along and then spend some time working in your own Enterprise sandbox with the assistance of other in the room as well as SirsiDynix personnel to assist.
 
Half Day - April 15, 2018 - 1:00-4:30 – $40
 
BCA Hackfest – Join us as we show some some tips and tricks in BC Analytics.  Bring your laptop to follow along and then spend some time working on your own reports with the assistance of other in the room as well as SirsiDynix personnel to assist.
 
All Day Hackfest - April 15, 2018 - $60
 
Attend both the Enterprise and the BCA hackfests

SirsiDynix Sponsored Pre-Conference Learning Opportunities:

NOTE: If you are a Platinum Customer, purchase your pre-conference training through SirsiDynix directly, to receive your Platinum Services Discount on top of any early-bird discounts available. Please do not register for classes on the COSUGI site if you have Platinum services.
*Bring your laptop to participate in Hands-On opportunities. All Classes will have hands-on labs for in class practice on test environments, or you may connect to your own instance.
Web Services – April 13, 1pm – 4pm ($450 / $383 early bird)
The SirsiDynix Web Services Workshop is a 4 hour group Hands-On Lab course providing System Administrators access to the most recent SirsiDynix Symphony or Horizon Web Services. Topics covered will include:
  • REST calls for GET
  • POST methods
  • Formatting JSON body elements
  • Differences between our legacy Web Services and the new ROA Web Services
  • How to interpret requests and responses from various Web Services.
Enterprise Development Workshop – April 14, 9am-5pm ($1050 / $893 early bird)
This class is designed for administrators who wish to customize the Enterprise or Portfolio systems by writing their own scripts. The class will focus largely on:
  • The use of custom JavaScript and HTML Widgets
  • Roles played by HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery
  • Review of Document Object Model concepts
  • Specifics of the Enterprise DOM
  • Incorporating Symphony ILS Web Services
Prerequisites:
While we don’t prescribe expertise in any particular language as a prerequisite, this class will frequently present examples in HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS, and will not serve as a tutorial for these topics. Although you won’t be expected to author in these languages from scratch during the course (cut-and-paste examples will be provided), it is recommended that you have at least some level of comfort to where you can “get the idea” of a script.
 
BLUEcloud Analytics – April 13, 9am – 4pm ($900 / $765 early bird)
The starter kit will take learners through the basics of using BLUEcloud Analytics, including:
  • Navigation & Preference Settings
  • Delivered Reports & Dashboards
  • Building Reports
  • Reports as Filters
  • Reusable Prompts, Filters and Groups
  • Creating Dashboards
BLUEcloud Analytics Advanced – April 14, 9am – 4pm ($900 / $765 early bird)
In this class learners will focus on more advanced topics, including:
  • Joining Tables
  • Joining Reports within Dashboards
  • Deriving Metrics
  • Importing Data
  • Creating Documents
Training for Trainers – April 14, 9am-4pm ($900 / $765 early bird)
Many of you have voiced an interest in having training for your trainers. This year, we are offering a one day workshop for your trainers to learn from our instructional designer. In this workshop, participants will learn techniques for teaching both face-to-face and in an online forum. This session will consist of both a lesson and participation from students. Participants will each teach on the SirsiDynix product of his or her choosing for 10-15 minutes. Each participant will leave with notes specific to his or her needs. Last year we focused more on planning training. This year, the focus will be more about in-class techniques
 
Symphony Administration Essentials – April 15, 9am-4pm ($900 / $765 early bird)
This class is specifically for Symphony Users. Spend a day refreshing on the essentials of Symphony Administration. This class is excellent for both new and existing Symphony administrators. In this class, learners will learn:
 
     Staff
        o Toolbars
        o Properties
        o Overrides
     Hiding Policies
     Circulating Materials
       o Circulation Map
       o Hold Map
     Library Calendars
     Format Policies
     Reports Review
 
API Regional Workshop 4 Days – April 12-15, 9am-4pm
API Subscription Required
The SirsiDynix Symphony Application Programming Interface (API) Workshop teaches access to the core components of the Symphony system. The topics presented in the API workshop include tools used for performing batch transactions and for recording these transactions to the logs, as well as powerful utilities for gathering, editing, loading, exporting and formatting data. In addition, these SERF (Selecting, Editing, Removal and Formatting) utilities are available to aid users in creating custom reports.
 
Pre-Requisites - 1) Familiarity with SD Symphony Configuration/Administration 2) Familiarity with SD Symphony WorkFlows, especially reporting, 3)Familiarity with UNIX for Windows Server operating system 4) Knowledge of the following PERL functions: Variable declaration, String comparison, For each statements, IF statements, Integer comparison, System calls, Arrays, Split.