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Sep 1, 2008, 3:49pm Top

I'm applying to grad school in order to get ALA accreditation and am looking for a library job in the meantime. Several job postings require that the applicant be familiar with the "Innovative Millennium Circulation system." What is that, and is there any way to be familiar with it outside of school?

Sep 1, 2008, 4:18pm Top

They're presumably referring to the Circulation module of the Millennium ILS produced by Innovative Interfaces.

As for how to be familiar with it—I would think the best way to get familiarity would be not through education, but rather through on-the-job training. But despite posting here, I'm not a librarian, so I could well be wrong. *wry grin*

Sep 1, 2008, 11:38pm Top

I reckon ATimson's right. They're pretty much asking for someone who is already trained in using their own circulations software so they don't need as much training to start with. I'm pretty sure they don't have any online demos for Millennium (my library uses it) so you could pretty much only meet it by either sweet talking a local library which uses it to let you observe their work or through on-the-job training.

You might want to check if they'd accept your application anyway - it might be a desirable criteria rather than a necessity. If you've ever worked in a circulations area (loans/returns) and used some other sort of library system, it'd probably carry some weight. BTW, Millennium used to be called Innopac.

Sep 2, 2008, 12:02am Top

Wow, are the jobs all for the same system? Our library system uses Millennium, and when I supervised the circulation department, I got all the training I needed on the job. It's fairly easy if you've ever used any other patron management software/programs. Or even not. Our entry level positions (non-mls holders) all use it all day long and require little training. Circulation issues are always complicated by circumstances, but the thing itself isn't difficult. I think III hosts conferences, but I'm not sure of the content. Might be more for the IT end of things. Perhaps you could convince a Millennium-using library clerk or check out desk person to show you the ropes? Good luck!

Sep 2, 2008, 7:00pm Top

As others have said, the only place you are likely to encounter this program is at another library that uses it. I would guess that not having that experience would not necessarily be a deal breaker for a job application. The circulation module within Millennium is fairly easy to use (we have quite a few part timers who are comfortable using it but tend to be technophobic with anything else on the computers). Training a new user on the circ functions can be done in a few hours.

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