LibCal 2.6.3 – Equipment & Spaces Updates Now Live!

Have you heard about our all new Equipment and Spaces Module? It makes reserving spaces and equipment a breeze, and brings a new level of reservation flexibility along with a beautiful, tile-based public interface. “Spaces” are our all new upgrade to the Room Booking module. They offer more flexible reservations and the ability to book spaces and equipment in a single reservation.

We’re adding more great reasons to try out the new Equipment and Spaces module, including the extremely exciting, much anticipated read/write API for both Equipment and Spaces! Read on to learn more about the latest and greatest…

Read/Write APIs in the Equipment and Spaces Module

Full read/write APIs are now available for both Equipment and Spaces, which makes it possible to view availability and create a new reservation from anywhere! What makes these read/write APIs so exciting? Simple – it enables your in-house library developers to create exciting apps and functionality that will take your LibCal data and content and distribute that data wherever you need it.

A major first use we’re expecting to see with LibCal’s read/write APIs are integrations with existing room panel systems, i.e., touchscreen panels located outside of a space in your library. Our new read/write APIs make it possible to both view upcoming meeting reservations and create a brand new reservation right from that panel. We can’t wait to see what else the LibCal community dreams up for these new read/write APIs, so please don’t hesitate to share what you plan to do with the new tools! To take the new APIs for a spin, admins can head to Admin > API > Equipment / Spaces.

Admins Create Bookings of any Length

adminduedateWhile following the rules is important, we know there are times when librarians just need to break the mold and allow loan periods that extend past normal due dates. We’ve got you covered – now you can create reservations of any length, and renew existing reservations so they’re due back at any time in the future you specify.

Plus more Equipment and Spaces Updates

  • We’ve added a new report for viewing Overdue Items, so you can see everything that’s overdue at a glance.
  • Speaking of overdues, we’ve also adjusted the public display so that if an item is currently overdue, it will not display as currently available for the current day on the public side of the system.
  • We added a new setting to control whether new reservations should default to the longest or shortest possible loan period. Currently, Equipment and Spaces always default to the longest possible loan period when a patron creates a new reservation; with this setting, you can now choose to make the default the shortest possible loan period. You’ll find this setting under Admin > Equipment and Spaces > Edit Category > Booking Default.

Login to LibGuides (And Other Springy v2 Tools!) Using Your Authentication Layer

LibAuth Login

LibAuth Login

Early this year, we announced greater LibAuth integration with Springshare Tools. One of the components of this integration is the ability to use your own authentication method to login to your v2 Springy tools!

Basically, if you’re using LDAP, CAS, Shibboleth, SAML, ADFS, or a self-hosted authentication tool – you can use that protocol for logging into your LibGuides, LibCal, LibAnswers, etc.

While you’ll still need to have an account in those Springshare tools, you won’t have to remember separate passwords for your Authentication layer and your Springshare apps.

Setting It Up – Cool Winter Project!

Navigate to LibApps > Admin > LibAuth Authentication. You need to be a LibApps admin in order to see this menu. Being a LibApps admin is different than being a LibGuides admin. Contact your LibApps admin if you need to elevate your account status.

On the configuration tab, set up your authentication protocol and be sure to run tests to make sure it’s working. At the bottom of the screen, click “YES” under Allow logging into LibApps using this authentication. Inside your authentication layer, you’ll need to release the email attribute.

LibAuth Authentication

Creating a lot of LibGuides Accounts?

No one wants to click ‘Add Account’ 100+ times when adding all of your LibGuides authors. But, they do need to have a LibGuides account for the authentication integration to ‘connect’. So, we’ve got a workaround that will make things much faster for LibGuides admins!

  • Setup your LibAuth login credentials (see above)
  • Login to LibGuides > Admin > Accounts
  • Click ‘Invitations’ Tab > Invite Users Button
  • Paste in email addresses for all your LibGuides authors (paste in hundreds of emails!)
  • Choose account level > hit send!
  • Authors will receive an invitation to create an account password however, their account has been ‘created’ so they can sign into LibGuides using your authentication layer!

Important Things to Note:

  • Not available with SIP2 – SIP does not contain the email attribute, so we’re not able to offer this option for SIP2 authentication services.
  • Granular Permissions – Are still managed at the Springshare Tool level. So granting access to specific tools and areas within those tools are handled inside LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibCal, etc.

But Wait, There’s More!

Authentication in LibCalIf you haven’t had a chance to check it out, there are amazing LibAuth integrations with LibCal. You can route users through your authentication layer for Room Bookings, Calendar Event Registrations, Equipment Bookings module, and even My Scheduler Librarian appointments.

It’s Just the Beginning!

This release is just phase one of our big plans for LibAuth integration with Springy Tools. We hope to integrate authentication services inside all of our Springshare apps! Just imagine, routing LibWizard quiz takers through your authentication service. Or allowing students to post on discussion boards or comments on your blog through your active directory of users. Or using your authentication protocols before patrons can initiate a LibChat chat exchange. This is just the beginning of great things to come!

LibGuides v2 Server Move And Many New Features

2016 was an action-packed year for our apps, with hundreds of new features across all products and an ever-growing platform. So, it’s fitting that we end this big year with another big update which will set the stage for even more growth and exciting new features in 2017 and beyond.

Namely, on Friday December 30th at 10pm US EST we are moving LibGuides v2 to a new, better, and more powerful infrastructure.  We anticipate no more than 5-10 minutes of downtime during the move, as we have the process down now, having moved all our other servers (LibAnswers v2, LibCal v2, LibWizard, LibInsight) in the past two months. We selected the time/date accordingly, to cause as little disruption as possible.

LibGuides v2 Server IP will change – your action may be required

If your LibGuides custom domain is setup using an A record, you must do something on your end to ensure a smooth transition. We have a handy utility for you to check whether any action is needed on your part. Simply enter your LibGuides domain and the utility tells you what you need to do. In short:

  • If you’re using a libguides.com domain = no action is required on your part;
  • If you’re using a custom domain with CNAME alias = no action is required on your part;
  • If you’re using a custom domain with A record you will need to do something – we recommend you switch to CNAME because it’s more flexible.

The utility will tell you all you need to know so please check it out asap:
http://springshare.com/dns/lg2.php.

New stuff made possible with the new infrastructure

Here are some of the things which are now going to be possible on the new infrastructure.

Load balancing for handling spikes in usage and improved backups infrastructure so that we can do up-to-the-minute backups in case any failures occur.

https support for custom domains. In January 2017 we’ll start offering our LibGuides v2CMS clients full https support – but you still need to provide the required certificate files to us. Please fill out our https interest form (note: this form is for v2 users only – v1 users please see info for v1 systems). We are starting with LibGuides v2 CMS support for custom domains first, until we reach the scale required to support https for custom domains for base LibGuides installs too.

European hosting facility. For clients who do not wish to have their data/apps on US soil, we are offering hosting in our new European hosting facility in Amsterdam. This server cluster is completely independent of our US server cluster so the data in there will not “cross” into US.  Starting in mid-January we will offer free migration to all clients who wish to be moved to the European facility. This is not just for LibGuides but for *all* Springshare apps (i.e. LibGuides/LibAnswers/LibCal/LibInsight/LibWizard/LibCRM) – when an institution decides to host in our European hosting facility, all of their Springshare apps will live there. Please fill out our european hosting interest form (note: this form is for v2 users only – v1 users please see info for v1 systems).

Write APIs for all Springshare apps. Starting in January we will release the write APIs for LibGuides v2 A-Z content and for LibCal v2 Equipment and Spaces. Then we will expand the write APIs based on users’ feedback and needs so please let us know what you want write APIs to do and we’ll put it on the to-do list. We are super excited about write APIs – it will enable your in-house library developers to develop exciting apps and functionality and turn LibGuides/LibAnswers/LibCal/LibCRM into data and content stores and distribute this data and content from our apps anywhere at the point-of-need.

LibGuides v1 systems are unaffected by this server move

We are only migrating LibGuides v2 servers so if you are still on LibGuides v1 none of this applies to your system – however we strongly urge you to upgrade to v2 asap so that you can take advantage of these amazing new features (plus hundreds of other features we built into v2 over the past couple of years). It’s a FREE upgrade so there’s no reason to wait.
Help Docs & More Info for v1 to v2 Migration:

We are super excited about this and cannot wait for 2017 and beyond because we have really big plans for the growth of Springshare apps that will benefit our client libraries. We’re just getting’ started, folks!

So, to sum it up – the LibGuides v2 server move is happening on December 30th at 10pm US EST, there will be about 5-10 minutes of downtime, and you must check whether your domain setup requires any action on your part. Please go to our utility at http://springshare.com/dns/lg2.php to test your domain.

As always we’re here for any questions or comments, please email us at support@springshare.com. Happy Holidays!

Slaven & the Springy Team

LibWizard 1.7.7 Update Now Live!

Some fun end-of-the-week news – the LibWizard 1.7.7 update is now live! With this update we’re bringing you easy color customization for Forms, Surveys, Quizzes and Assessments, plus optional HTTPS support. For sites using the full LibWizard platform, we also have exciting news – file uploads are now available across all modules! Read on for deets on all the latest…

Simplified Color Customization

blueformHave you ever wanted to change the colors of a form, survey, quiz or assessment so it’s snazzier and more eye catching? Then do we have big news for you – we’ve added super simple color pickers to all LibWizard modules! Previously, customizing the colors of elements in LibWizard could take a bit of doing and required a good amount of CSS knowledge for optimal results. But no more – we’ve added simple color pickers for individual system assets, as well as for the site as a whole via the system settings.

Customize any major element of any quiz, survey, etc. – from background colors to fonts and font colors to the all new optional border, our color pickers have you covered. To start customizing a survey, quiz, etc., head to the builder and select Options > Look and Feel > Page Fonts and Colors. To customize colors across your site, Admins can head to Admin > System Settings > Custom Colors.

 

File Upload Support

Have you ever wanted to include a file upload as part of your surveys, quizzes, etc.? Perhaps you’re collecting documents for your institution’s IRB, or collecting proposals for an upcoming conference. Whatever the reason, we have great news for you – file uploads are now available as part of the full LibWizard platform! Whether it’s collecting a list of works cited as part of an Assessment or taking submissions for your “Why I love the Library” photo essay, you can keep track of all of this and more with the LibWizard platform.

Enable file uploads in your LibWizard assets by heading to the builder and choosing the new File Upload content type. Good to know: File uploads are currently limited to 20mb per upload, and are retained until the form, survey, etc. is deleted.

HTTPS Support

Do you frequently find yourself embedding forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments in https based websites (like a course management system, or perhaps your main library website)? Then this feature is for you – we’re introducing optional HTTPS support for all LibWizard sites. If you’re ready to make the switch to force all LibWizard content (both the builder as well as individual forms, assessments, etc.) to load via HTTPS, admins can head to Admin > System Settings > Misc. Settings and select Enable HTTPS.

Good to know: Enabling this setting means that all content added to your site must also be loaded via HTTPS. This will impact all content that librarians create in the site – all page URLs shown in Assessment & Tutorial slides, as well as image uploads, etc. must also load via HTTPS in order to avoid mixed content error messages.

Additional Fixes and Features

  • Spaces Can’t Bypass Required Questions – Previously, required questions could be bypassed by entering a space (or spaces) instead of a “real” answer. We’ve changed this behavior so responses that just contain spaces won’t pass the required check.
  • Print Individual Responses – We’ve added a Print button to the “preview” view of individual patron responses, so they’ll print with ease.
  • We fixed a bug in Numeric fields, where initial responses that fell outside of the required minimum/maximum setting were being recorded. This now generates an error message, and the response is not recorded within the reports.
  • We addressed an issue with Account Permissions, where making an asset “public” made it both visible and editable for all regular level users in your LibWizard site. Now, setting an asset to “public” will make the asset and any responses visible to other regular users, but they won’t be able to edit its contents.

As always, thanks so much for your great feedback. We hope you’re as excited for these new LibWizard features as we are – don’t hesitate to drop us a line and let us know what you think!

Dugan Library Saw Library Usage Increase with Introduction of LibGuides

Jeanette Parker

Jeanette Parker, Assistant Librarian

Steve Hamersky

Steve Hamersky, Library Director

During the Fall of 2015, Newman University’s Dugan Library introduced LibGuides to their community and since then, they’ve seen some amazing jumps in library usage.

Springshare sat down, virtually speaking, with Steve Hamersky (Director) and Jeanette Parker (Assistant Librarian) to get the full details.

When you say you saw a “jump in library usage” – what does that entail?

  • Door count is up from previous years by 10%
  • Individual consults/long reference exchanges are up by 100% from just one year ago
  • Number of students reached in programs, classes, workshops is up 48% from one year ago
  • Number of instruction sessions/classes/programs is up 50%
  • ILL requests are up 41% – “we feel this is due to them looking closer and searching better, not settling for just full text.”
  • Dugan Library

    Dugan Library

    Database Usage:

    • Sessions increased by 44%
    • Searches are up 40%
    • Full text downloads increased by 18%
    • Abstract views are up 25%
  • LibGuides Statistics since July 1, 2016:
    • Course Guides: 4,226 Views
    • Subject Guides: 5,283 Views
    • Other/Misc Guide: 299 Views

These results are great! Can you tell us, why did you come on board with LibGuides and what kind of guides are you building?

In 2014, the library was issued a mandate to get more involved on campus. Jeanette and Steve worked together and discovered that there wasn’t a program to equip students in research. Furthermore, the library website wasn’t structured to aid students in finding resources for assignments and the Database A-Z list was overwhelming.

Hence LibGuides!

Jeanette began by creating subject guides.

We really wanted something that would focus on a particular discipline and guide students to successfully locate good quality resources and not be using Google to search, which seems their default. We also noticed that many students were overwhelmed with the database options available, so this created a kind of barrier for their searching, they weren’t sure where to start, couldn’t remember what we’d told them, etc. So we wanted to create something that would eliminate the guesswork enabling them to focus on searching and evaluating sources.

Once the Subject Guides were complete, it was time for Steve and Jeanette to look for a professor willing to collaborate on a course-specific LibGuide. To visually differentiate course guides from subject guides, Jeanette uses tabbed navigation for subject LibGuides and side navigation for course LibGuides.

“The first course guide was definitely an experiment, trying to get the right balance of what we felt was important for students and including the elements that instructors needed.  During the spring semester (2016) we created 5 different course guides and introduced them in classes. We strongly encourage a library visit to introduce the students to the guide and the majority of faculty are on board with this.

How did you get faculty on board with building course-specific LibGuides?

Steve and Jeanette have created a pattern of visiting with faculty and presenting on the library’s “new” tools and information.

We spend about 15 minutes talking about what new library services or resources we have.  This fall we talked to them about our LibGuide stats and with samples of course guides to show them, most responded very favorably to the concept. We discovered that when we described, their initial response was that they feared we were helping students cheat on assignments. With samples to show and say Professor so and so had us show their students this, that response changed. We were able to add 12 course specific guides this fall 2016 semester.  Each of these were paired with a visit to the class or library for an introduction.

So not only are Steve and Jeanette promoting course-specific resources to reduce library anxiety, but they’re increasing usage of library resources and their instruction sessions output to boot!

What is the biggest hurdle you face and how is LibGuides helping?

Newman University is located in Wichita, Kansas and most students come from the local area high schools, which do not have librarians.

Students have not met or seen a library since middle school or even elementary school in some cases. They have no idea what we do, what we have to offer them, and how to even make use of the library resources. We have found the LibGuides have helped bridge that gap to certain extent.

Any interesting comments or responses from your users to share?

Faculty Comments:

  • “This is amazing!  Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am genuinely excited!” –Paralegal Studies professor regarding course LibGuide.
  • “This looks FANTASTIC Jeanette!  Thank you so much for putting this together.  I look forward to your class visit on Thursday!”—Criminal Justice professor regarding course LibGuide
  • “This is awesome!  I really like the characteristics of an academic, peer-reviewed article, and the list of things needed in their citations is perfect.  Thanks again for all of your work on this.”  –Biology professor regarding course LibGuide
  • “Thank you for doing this! It looks good to me and I think it will help students… I don’t know if it’s possible to overemphasize learning and finding “controlled language” in searches.” –English professor regarding course LibGuide

Student Feedback:

  • “I’m finding the resources you have made available in LibGuides and databases much more comprehensive and user friendly than my graduate school. You should be so proud of your work.  You have truly made a difference for us, and I appreciate everything you continue to do for me.” –Nursing student (alum)

What’s next for the Dugan Library?

Even though they’ve just started, Jeanette and Steve have some great advice for new users.

I would highly encourage librarians who are just getting started to create templates for different guide types, makes building new guides so much easier and consistent with your overall plan.

Overall, Jeanette and Steve are really pleased with their LibGuides and the results they’ve seen thus far.

What are We Thankful for? Great New LibGuides Features!

We’re celebrating turkey day early with some new features that we know you’ll love: a brand new Gallery Box, new features for Patron accounts, and some accessibility improvements, too!

Patron Accounts: Import and Self-Registration Options

Patron Accounts are used in LibGuides for patron participation in Discussion Boards (CMS Only) and blog comments. Until now, Patron Accounts were created one-at-a-time, or by sending email invitations. We’ve added two new options to make creating these accounts easier: mass import for you, and self-registration for them.

Don’t want to create patron accounts by hand? No problem! LibApps Admins can head over to LibApps > Admin> Manage Patron Accounts > Settings > enable Self-Register to allow patrons to do just that. The Settings tab is also where you’ll specify the email domains from which self-registration is allowed. If you’re a little nervous about self-registering, leave that disabled and use the Import Patrons utility in LibApps > Admin > Manage Patron Accounts to import any and all of your patron accounts at once.

Already using Patron Accounts? We’ve moved them into LibApps in anticipation of extending their use to other Springy apps. Go to LibApps > Admin > Manage Patron Accounts to see, edit, or delete them.

Accessibility Improvements

We’ll be making accessibility improvements in just about every upcoming release, and we’re excited to announce the latest enhancements. Here’s the list:

  • Made sure that homepage sidebar boxes (A-Z list, E-Reserves, etc.) use headings.
  • Homepage page title reflects the content’s sort order.
  • Homepage buttons for “All Guides,” “All Groups,” etc., use <button> elements.
  • Added missing Submit button for Sort Order drop-down on homepage.
  • RSS content items now use accessible popovers for descriptions.
  • Removed redundant title attributes in RSS content items that caused some text to be read aloud twice by screen readers.
  • Fully-accessible Gallery Box content.

We have a list of other improvements to make and plan to include some of them with each release. See something that needs addressing! Do let us know!

Gallery Box – More than Just Pretty Pictures

Easily bring new content to your LibGuides slide shows with the our new, accessible Gallery Box code. Already have Gallery Boxes in your guides? No problem! This code is backward-compatible, so not only will your old boxes still function, all the new features apply! (Bonus: all your slides are the same height now! 🙂 )

New Content Options!

With the new Gallery Box, you can create slides showcasing content from your LibGuides system:

  • Books from the Catalog assets
  • LibGuides
  • Databases
  • LibCal events
  • Images from the Image Manager (or on the web, via URL)

To add content to your Gallery Box, click the cog icon in the Box’s header, then simply click Add New Slide, choose your slide type, and easily search for content in your LibGuides or LibCal system.

screenshot of the Add New Slide menu containing image, book, database, LibGuide, and LibCal Event options

New Gallery Box Settings!

Also new to the Gallery Box are all sorts of settings! Use different combinations of settings to create an endless variety of slide shows. Customizable features include:

  • Auto-play: turn Auto-play on for slides to advance automatically
  • Transition type: Slide or Fade
  • Speed adjustments: Adjust the time each image is on the screen and the time each transition takes
  • Image height control: specific a height in pixels or % relative to the box it’s in
  • Slide options: Number of rows, number of slides per row, and how many slides to advance at one time
  • Navigation: Presence or absence of dots indicating the number of slides (the arrows are always present to enable manual advancing of slides)
  • Choose caption position: Top, Bottom, Left, Right, and None
  • Caption color options: caption background color and text color

Do More with Gallery Boxes!

Creating slide shows with Gallery Boxes is about more than highlighting a few images. With the new content types, settings, and text options, the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas:

  • New books displays
  • Upcoming events
  • Highlight new or popular databases
  • Text-based slideshows highlighting library hours, contact info, upcoming meetings, etc.

Here’s a sampling of different layouts created using LibGuides Gallery Boxes:

One Slide at a Time, Auto-Play ON, Captions, Dots ON

Two-row Grid, Auto-Play ON, No Captions, “Fade” Transition

Horizontal Books Carousel, Auto-play OFF, No Captions, Advance 6 at a Time

LibAnswers 2.9 Update Now Live!

Exciting news, we have a slate of LibAnswers updates to share! This release is all about LibChat – we’ve introduced several “holy cow, that is awesome!” features, including chats that can follow the patron from page to page, searchable transcripts, and accessibility updates. Let’s get to the good stuff!

Follow Me Chat Widgets

It’s a common frustration – a patron is chatting with you and happens to navigate to another page in your site, causing a sudden disconnect and lost conversation. We have big BIG news – we’ve added follow-me capabilities to all LibChat widgets, so if a patron navigates to a new page, as long as the new page also contains a LibChat widget, your patrons will be able to continue the conversation seamlessly, without starting a brand new chat session.

This feature makes it much simpler to assist users as they navigate across pages. Previously the popout widget was the best answer to this conundrum (and it’s still a great resource), and we’re thrilled to be able to extend this functionality to sliding widgets and in-page embedded widgets as well!

Searchable/Filterable LibChat Transcripts

Search Transcript Filter ScreenshotThat’s right – you can search the full text of LibChat transcripts for specific keywords! This is a great way to get a read on the number of questions that are coming in on a particular topic. Plus, not only are transcripts themselves searchable, but we’ve also added a keyword search filter to LibChat statistics and reports. Use this to create a report on the number of times a particular keyword has been mentioned on a daily/hourly basis, or by staff member, etc.

LibChat Accessibility Improvements

We’ve made major strides toward fully accessible LibChat widgets, and we’re thrilled to say that LibChat is accessible right from the get go. From better focus management when the window pane, changes, to ensuring that all images have appropriate alt text links, to rewriting the slideout widget so it’s easier for screenreader software to navigate, we’ve made sure to cover accessibility in chat widgets from top to bottom. We’ve also made major improvements to the load time efficiency for all LibChat widgets. All of our chat widget scripts are now roughly 1/4 of their former size under the hood, meaning that any webpage that contains a LibChat widget will load that much faster!

Please note – it’s a good idea to take a peek at your widget today to make sure everything looks as you remember, especially folks using sliding widgets. One of our accessibility improvements updated the way that sliding widgets display – use the same image in any of the 3 page positions (left, right, or bottom). It’s possible that for folks already using an image in a sliding widget, the widget image may be rotated incorrectly. If this happens to you, head to LibChat > Chat Widgets > Edit Widget and find your widget. In most cases if your image is just text on a colored background, you can remove the image and use the existing text and color settings for the tab (that will be more accessible!). If your image is more than just text, you will need to edit the image itself. Rotate the image so the text reads normally (left to right for most of you). Our widget code will automatically rotate the image as necessary for the difference widget positions.

Chat Operator Console Updates

  • Screenshot of FAQ Search BoxFAQ Search in the LibChat Operator Window – Picture this – you’re in the midst of helping a patron answer a tricky question, and need to search your LibAnswers FAQ for an answer. We’ve got a fun new addition to the Chat Operator Window to help – now, you’ll notice a FAQ search build right in, so no more navigating to other pages to search your FAQs!
  • Improved Resizing for Chat Widgets – When you start a chat with a patron, sometimes it’s helpful to expand the size of the chat window to view more of the conversation. We’ve made improvements to the drag-to-resize functionality with this update, so you’ll find it much easier to drag the window to the size that works best for you!
  • Offline Button Colors – We’ve made it easier to customize the color of button widget when they’re offline, to give your patrons more of a visual cue when your service is online vs offline. Head to LibChat > Chat Widgets and select any button widget to customize the offline button color.

Concierge / “Can We Help You?” Popup Widgets

  • Auto-popout Button Widget – Do you love the concierge / “Can we help you” auto-slideout widgets? Us too – they’re a great way to call attention to your live chat service and prompt users to ask for help when they need it! We’ve extended this functionality beyond slide-out widgets – now you can add a concierge message using button widgets too! Just head to the widget builder and select the button widget type, scroll to the Autoload Delay setting and select how many seconds the widget should wait before popping up.
  • Dismiss “Can We Help You?” Popouts – Previously, if you had multiple “Can we help you?” concierge widgets on separate pages in your site, the prompt was displayed every time a patron loaded a new page, making it a bit hard to dismiss. There can be a fine line between offering help and pestering the user, so we’ve updated this behavior – now if a patron dismisses the message, it won’t continue to pop up on subsequent pages.

LibCal 2.6.2 Now Live!

We have a post-Halloween treat to share with all the LibCal fans out there – the 2.6.2 update is now live! This update includes all treats and no tricks, with updates to the Equipment Booking module and expanded administrative controls in the Events module, including registrations and waiting lists.

Equipment Booking Updates

  • Automatically Cancel Reservations if not picked up on time – If patrons don’t pick up equipment in a timely fashion, release it so it’s available to the public! You’ll find this setting under Admin > Equipment > Edit Location – set the amount of time the system should wait before releasing the reservation back to being publicly available, and LibCal will do the rest!
  • Adjust Due Date If Item Picked Up Early – If patrons come to pick up an item ahead of schedule (and it happens to be available at that time), LibCal Equipment Booking will automatically adjust the due date based on the time the item was actually picked up.
  • New Catalog Layout Options – We’ve added simple customizations for the new Equipment & Rooms catalog pages. Admins can head to Admin > Equipment & Rooms > Catalog Settings to access these new controls – create simple page customizations using mustache templates, and choose how many items to display per page by default.
  • Include Terms & Conditions in Emails – We’ve added a new token for automated system emails, so you can include your terms & conditions as part of email confirmations and reminders that are sent to patrons.

LibCal Event Updates

We have several popularly requested features in LibCal Events to share. Event management is getting some sweet updates this time around, including:

  • Add a new registrant from the Admin side – We’ve made it much easier to manage new registrants over the phone or at the front desk – now, you can register patrons for events from the admin side of the system. Head to the calendar and click on any event that requires registration – you’ll see a new option to “Add Registration”. When you add a new registration, the person you registered will still receive a confirmation email & any other reminders that folks who self-registered receive.
  • Waitlist order can be rearranged on the Admin side – Need to switch around the waitlist order to promote a particular user to the top of the list? Now you can! Just head to calendar and click on any event that includes a waitlist, and use the new arrow options to move someone to the top of the list.

LibGuides, Literacy, and Literati Webinar

Bethany Reisch

Bethany Reisch
Librarian @ Northshore Technical Com. College

November 16, 2016: 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT

Led by Bethany Reisch, librarian at Northshore Technical Community College, this 60min free webinar will highlight using Credo Literati tools in conjunction with LibGuides to promote information literacy. Using LibGuides to power their website, Bethany worked with students to increase usage via their feedback. Student surveys helped to inform the redesign of their Library website and the adding of additional resources via Credo LibGuides.

Join Bethany as she takes you through their journey of lessons learned and successes achieved to reach and engage students at Northshore Technical Community College.

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LibWizard 1.7.6 Now Live!

We’re keeping the LibWizard hits coming – the 1.7.6 update is now live! We have several nice features to share this time around, including expanded feedback options, updated alert messages, and an expanded Date & Time field. There’s lots to love in this update, so let’s get to it!

Correct Answer Feedback

correctanswerWe’ve heard requests from several folks who wanted to provide more color and feedback to their patrons for both correct and incorrect responses to quiz and tutorial/assessment questions. Now, when you create a quiz or tutorial question, you’ll have the option to provide an encouraging “Yes, you got it!”-type message, to help cheer on your learners. Patrons will see your message on-screen as part of the original question – to move on to the next question, they’ll hit the “Continue” button (or create a custom name for this button by heading to Admin > Language Options) to move on to the next question. To try out this new feature, head to quizzes or assessments, add or edit a question, and select “Answer Properties” to get customizing!

Updated Alert Messages

alertredWe’ve updated the look and feel of alert messages to the standard bootstrap “Alerts” format, so they’re more prominent and eye catching when patrons are filling out quizzes and assessments.

New “Time” Entry Field

datetime2We’ve expanded the “Date” field to support both Date and Time entry. When you add or edit a “Date” field, look just beneath the “Date Format” field for “Time Format”. The “Time” portion is disabled by default (so existing forms, surveys, etc. aren’t impacted), but turning it on is a snap – just select the date format you’d like to use (12-hour or 24-hour), and hit save to start collecting time-based information!

Redesigned End-of-Survey Behavior

This really applies to all modules: we’ve streamlined the end behaviors of forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments so they’re easier and more consistent to manage. We’ve added a default “Thanks for completing this survey!” message, so patrons have better confirmation when their form or survey is submitted. This message can be universally changed via the new Language Options, or can be changed for individual surveys using the “Thank You” screen customization. We’ve also corrected an issue where, if you *didn’t* choose to display a “Retake this Survey” button, a “Thanks!” button appeared which did the same thing. That’s now been corrected, and completing a survey (or form, or assessment…) should be smooth sailing.

Additional Updates & Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where required questions could be skipped if they occurred after a Question Page Break in Assessments and Quizzes. Now when a question is required, it’s truly required to provide an answer, no matter its position in the assessment.
  • We also fixed an issue with previewing slides – occasionally, when you clicked on “Preview” from the middle of a slide deck, you might end up at a random slide, ie not the slide you’d intended to preview. We’ve fixed this in this update, so Preview should take you where you expect to go!
  • We fixed a minor style issue where “Welcome” and “Thank You” screens weren’t using the same CSS class, so could appear with slightly different alignments. Now these should behave the same.