LibWizard 1.7.4 Now Live!

The LibWizard 1.7.4 update is live, and we have lots of great new features to share. This update is all about streamlining new content creation, so you can create and share new surveys, quizzes, & assessments at blazing-fast speed. We have a ton of goodies in store, including a site-wide question bank, reusable questions throughout the system, and streamlined controls to help as you’re creating new assessments and tutorials. This update truly makes LibWizard a one stop shop for all of your data collection and assessment needs.

Question Bank

bankDo you find yourself using the same questions in multiple surveys & assessments? Perhaps you have a set of demographic questions you tend to ask everyone – like name, email address, and library affiliation – or perhaps you have more complex questions with correct answers and rules that you tend to reuse in multiple forms, surveys, quizzes, & assessments. Well have we got some great news to share – the question bank is here, and it’s going to make reusing questions a snap!

The question bank is a curated set of questions available for reuse by librarian in a LibWizard site. Admins create this set of questions and add them to a site’s question bank. To start creating questions, Admins can head to Admin > Question Bank, and click “Create Question” to start the party! Questions you add to the bank will then appear for all users in the “Bank” tab. This is a great way to create a master list of reusable questions to be shared by everyone in your system.

Reuse Questions

reusequestionSo, the Admin-curated Question Bank is going to be awesome (if we do say so ourselves 😉 ), but what if you’re a regular level user who just wants to reuse a question you’ve previously added, without getting the higher-ups involved? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered, too. With this update, we’re introducing a super simple “Reuse Question” feature to make reusing any question a snap.

To reuse a question, just click the “Reuse Question” link/button option in the builder. Select the name of the original form/survey/quiz/assessment from the list on the left, then choose the question you’d like to reuse from the resulting list on the right. Good to know: reused questions don’t retain a connection to the original item after reuse, so if the original question changes, the newly-reused question will not change. You can edit reused questions once they’ve been reused, making it a snap to customize reused questions in specific forms/surveys/quizzes/assessments.

Improved Question Grouping

groupThe question grouping function is a super-powerful tool. It makes it easy to refer to multiple questions using a single “group” name, and is a fantastic way to simplify any Rules you use to show/hide/stem questions. We’ve updated the way question groups work, making it super simple to create a group once, then assign as many questions to that group as you’d like using a simple dropdown list. To get started using groups, edit any question, select the Advanced Customization accordion, then add or select a group.

Tutorial/Assessment Updates

  • Improved Navigation in the Slide Builder – We’ve added several improvements to the slide builder screen to help streamline building assessments and tutorials. We’ve added handy Previous and Next links, so you can jump from slide to slide with ease, and we’ve added an “Add Slide” option so you can add a brand new slide without having to return to the workpad. You’ll see new options underneath the Slide Display area.
  • PDF Support – We’ve added support for displaying PDFs in assessments and tutorials. Now, when you create a new slide, you’ll see a new option for “PDF.” This makes showing static PDF documents in slides super easy!

Accessibility Updates & Bug Fixes

We’ve addressed a few known accessibility issues to ensure that LibWizard is fully accessible, right out of the gate. These include:

  • Skip Links – We’ve added standard Skip Navigation links to LibWizard, so folks who need to skip repetitive page navigation have a quick way to jump to the main content of forms, surveys, quizzes & assessments.
  • Iframe Titles – We’ve also added HTML titles to Iframes in assessments and tutorials.
  • PNG Images now responsive – Some of you may have noticed that PNG images added to slides in assessments and tutorials weren’t resizing responsively on smaller devices. Now they will!
  • Removed extra padding around span tags – Previously, when you added custom formatting to text in the rich text editor (like bold or italic text, special font sizes, etc.) the text also ended up with some extra padding on either side. We’ve corrected this, so you shouldn’t see extra padding being added in the future.
  • “Grid” questions are now graded correctly – Previously, there was an issue with grading the “Grid” question type, where the first answer was graded correctly but all subsequent answers were graded incorrectly. We’ve corrected this behavior in this update.

As always, thanks so much for your suggestions and comments on LibWizard. We can’t wait to hear what you think about the new reusability options, so please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think!

Big LibGuides Update Coming Your Way

We’ve been busy bees over at Springy HQ. You probably heard by now about our awesome new LibAnswers Social Media Management, or the LibCal Equipment Booking Module, and the new LibCRM product… Well, we’ve also been working on the biggest and boldest LibGuides update since we announced v2 a few years ago.

Some of these changes may affect your customizations, so all you admins out there, read on…

1. Social Guide Sharing / Guide Thumbnails / Simplified Guide Menu

We’ve made it super-easy for you to share guides on social media. Promoting content is more effective if one can associate imagery with it. Now you can take screenshots of your guides and of LibGuides homepage, and use those thumbnails when promoting a specific guide or your LibGuides system.

LibGuides Publication Screen

 

Next, we simplified the guide menu options and made the menu more compact while also reorganizing the options slightly, by their logical sequence. And, we made it easier for CMS users to assign group ownership to guides.

Before and After Publication Menus

New LibGuides Cog Menu


LibGuides Blog Post Publication2. Social Sharing & Advanced Scheduling of Blog Posts

We improved the LibGuides blogging functionality making it even easier to start using LibGuides blogs to keep your community informed.

Share blog posts on social media with one click.

Write blog posts in advance and schedule them for posting at a predetermined date/time in the future.

 


3. New A-Z Database Management Functionality

Many of you told us you want to make LibGuides *the* place to manage your A-Z databases. Well, now you can, and in the process we also created an amazingly useful A-Z Community feature (CMS-only). Use the A-Z Community to compare database holdings with peer institutions, do subject comparisons and identify subject-coverage gaps, share and reuse database descriptions, browse database reviews from fellow librarians, and more.

For both LibGuides and LibGuides CMS users, we’ve improved the local management of A-Z databases in a serious way.

  • Redesigned View – The Admin view shows you all the relevant info about the database and offers easier editing.
  • Alternative Names/Keywords Field – Improve the search accuracy for A-Z items with alternative names and any relevant keywords (e.g. primary sources).
  • Hide a Database – Hide it on your A-Z page and on guides but keep it in the admin console.
  • Popular Databases Box – Designate “popular databases” and feature them on the A-Z public page in a separate section. And soon, feature popular databases on A-Z widgets.
  • Librarian’s Review Add your own angle/advice for patrons about a given database using the new Librarian Review field.
  • Permitted Uses – Track permitted uses for each database and let everyone know which databases can be used where (e.g. ILL Use, E-Reserves use, LMS use, etc.). Define as many different uses as you need and customize the permission level for each.

LibGuides A-Z Community Statistics


4. A-Z Page Customization & Accessibility

We are making a big accessibility push with LibGuides pages and you helped us identify a few issues on the A-Z page. We addressed all of them – one of the big ones was that the Select dropdowns were not accessible so we replaced them with accessible versions. This may break your customization if you customized this aspect of your LibGuides A-Z page.

We’ve added two new template keywords “{{popular_box}}” and “{{chat_widget_box}}” to enable precise control of where these boxes appear on your A-Z page.

The A-Z page is now easier to customize without you having to work with templates. For detailed customizations you should still utilize templates but this update enables you to do two things with just a flip of a switch on the A-Z setup admin page:

  1. “Flip” the layout of the A-Z page so that the “auxiliary” column (showing popular/new/trial databases) is either on the left side or on the right side.
  2. Easily embed a LibChat or LibAnswers widget directly on A-Z page. If you have system-level customization that already embeds LibChat widgets on every page inside your LibGuides then you don’t have to worry about this.

ADMIN ALERT: If you’ve customized your A-Z template, please take a look at the A-Z page immediately after the code update to see if any tweaks to your template are needed. In most cases, you won’t need to do anything though some div elements did change due to our accessibility improvements (e.g. the dropdowns). We did our best to minimize any template/div changes but accessibility trumps all and we want the new A-Z page to be fully accessible.

The new A-Z functionality is a revolutionary step forward in LibGuides A-Z management. In the next few months we’ll release improved import features and write-API functionality so your techies will be able to programmatically update A-Z items and the changes will automatically be distributed on all widgets and relevant guide pages.


5. New Search Functionality in LibGuides

Let’s put it this way – you were loud and clear in telling us that the current LibGuides search is… shall we say “lacking”. So we went to work and re-architected the search engine from scratch. It’s now better, more efficient and effective.

  • In-Context Snippets – Search results show snippets of the page where the search term appears.
  • Search Focus on Page vs. Guide – This helps patrons land on the correct page based on their search term rather than guessing what is the most relevant page within the guide based on the search.
  • Faster Guide Edit Indexing – Guide changes are included in the search index within 5 minutes (we are working on getting this down to 1 minute or less).
  • Search within Guides – Restrict your search to individual guides.
  • Search within LibGuides CMS Groups – Search content within groups, with proper access permissions (e.g. internal groups only for logged-in users, etc.).
  • Separate Search Indexes for Local vs. Community – Regardless of what your community-indexing setting is your local LibGuides search will always work and local content will always be indexed for local searching within your own system.

In the next few months we’ll unveil document-indexing so any uploaded documents in the “Documents & Files” asset type will be indexed for searching.

LibGuides Search Results Page
Phew, so there you have it – this is possibly the most impactful LibGuides update since we released the v2 system. We are thankful for the amazing feedback and suggestions, so please keep it coming.

We have big plans for LibGuides and we’ll be accelerating the pace of these significant, big, bold updates. We can’t wait to share with you all the amazing things that LibGuides will do in the near term (and beyond)!

The new features detailed above will be released in two steps, in the evening (U.S. Eastern Time):

  1. Guide & Blog Updates: Monday, Aug 22nd.
  2. A-Z Database Updates & Search: Tuesday, Aug 30th.

We’ll do another blog post detailing and documenting every one of these changes, on the day of the code update(s).

LibAnswers +Social: Your Library’s Full Communication Platform

Last month, we announced a major new LibAnswers enhancement which enables you to manage your library’s social media activity from with your LibAnswers platform. Please join us for a “LibAnswers +Social” webinar series and learn how you can effectively – and efficiently – use LibAnswers as your full library communication platform.

LibAnswers is already the most popular all-in-one reference and help desk platform for libraries. It integrates live chat, ticketing functionality, a searchable FAQ knowledge base, robust SMS integration, and a Systems & Services Management Tool. It also comes with Reference Analytics for powerful reference service statistics reporting. Now, with Social Media Management functionality, your LibAnswers is the communication platform for your library.

Integrate Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest into LibAnswers and effortlessly manage your social media presence… all from one interface.

Watch a 3min Video:


Join us for a 60min two-part tour of LibAnswers +Social:

Brand-New to LibAnswers?

Already Using LibAnswers?

We’ll explore:

  • Searchable FAQs
  • Ticketing System
  • Live chat w/ LibChat
  • Systems & Services Management Tool
  • Robust Statistics
We’ll cover:

  • Dynamic Social Feed
  • Facebook Messenger Integration
  • Twitter Hashtag Tracking
  • Create & Schedule Posts
  • Full Engagement Statistics

Webinar Tour Details

  • All times listed in U.S. Eastern Time
  • Sign-up for just Part One, just Part Two…or both!
  • To attend both, sign-up for each session separately.
  • 10min Break between sessions

Part One: LibAnswers Help Desk Tour

(30min Tour + 10min break)

Part Two: Social Media Mgmt. Tour

(20min Tour)

This tour is not an in-depth training session:

LibAnswers: Social Media Management is Here!

The LibAnswers 2.8 Update is now live, and with it we’re thrilled to announce our new Social Media Management functionality inside LibAnswers.

Nowadays so much communication happens on social media hence it’s essential for libraries to effectively – and efficiently – communicate with users on social media channels, too. LibAnswers now helps libraries effortlessly manage their social media presence and communication with users. Monitor and respond to conversations happening on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Publish new posts, tweets, and pins, or schedule them for future posting. Follow relevant #hashtag conversations and measurably improve engagement with your community.

Best of all, managing your social media communication happens right alongside the existing communication channels in LibAnswers – email queries, question form responses, SMS, and real-time chat via LibChat. This way all patron communication across all channels happens within one easy-to-use platform, making it that much easier to provide best-of-the-best customer service to your users.

We really can’t wait to tell you more about it, so enough with the small talk – let’s get to it…

Social Media Management

socialfeedoverview

Integrate any number of Twitter accounts, Facebook Pages, and Pinterest accounts into your LibAnswers Queues and voila – all your social media activity shows inside LibAnswers social feed. This feed becomes your social command center, and you respond and engage with users from one place – everything from Twitter mentions and Direct Messages to Facebook likes, comments, and posts and Pinterest Pins, too. If an item requires follow-up (e.g. a reference question sent via Twitter), turn it into a LibAnswers ticket with just one click. As you finish reading/replying to items, just “Mark as Read” to dismiss them from the active monitoring stream.

Facebook Messenger Integration

Facebook Messenger Screenshot

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular social media conversation platforms. Now librarians can respond on FB Messenger directly from the LibChat operator console. Patrons can Facebook Message the library from anywhere…right from your Facebook page or using their mobile FB Messenger App. This makes the LibChat operator console your one-stop shop for all your chat needs, and it makes it incredibly easy for your patrons to reach out to librarians when they need help – as easy as communicating with their friends on the communication platform which they use all.the.time. Being so easily reachable on FB Messenger is a great way for libraries to increase the “mind-share” with patrons.

Facebook Pages Integration

Our new Facebook integration doesn’t end with Messenger – with our new Social Media Management tool, you’ll be able to view and respond to any and all patron interactions that occur on your institution’s Facebook page. View and respond to posts, comments, replies, and likes – LibAnswers collects it all and makes it easy to respond to everything, all from your social feed.

Twitter Integration – Including Hashtag Tracking

We’ve included twitter integration inside LibAnswers for a while now but this release takes it to a whole new level with a major host of updates, including:

  • Send & Receive Direct Messages – In addition to the public @mention integration, you’ll now be able to send and receive private messages with other Twitter users. Manage public and private Twitter conversations all in one place!
  • Hashtag Tracking – Keeping an eye on ALA Annual Conference Hashtag, #alaac16? Or hashtag trends that are happening in your local community like #MIT? Or even hashtags on the national or global scale like #BRexit? Track up to 5 hashtags per LibAnswers queue, and all tweets with those hashtags will automatically display in your Social Feed.
  • Improved Fetch Rates – We’re speeding up communication rates with Twitter to bring you fresh information even faster!
  • Twitter Engagement Statistics – See below on the new statistics features but suffice it to say that you will be blown away with the depth of the statistics reports offered.

Pinterest Integration

We’ve noticed libraries using Pinterest in a myriad of ways – everything from showcasing new acquisitions to highlighting unique archival collections. Libraries have a wealth of visual content, and Pinterest is the perfect medium to share that content with your community!

With our new Pinterest integration, it’s a breeze to create pins for any type of content the library wants to highlight, and schedule them to post to Pinterest at a later date. This makes it easy to create a schedule of content that posts at the ideal time to reach your patrons. How do you determine what that schedule should be? Easy – just head to your Pinterest Stats panel for an in-depth look at monthly, daily, and hourly breakdowns of likes, comments, and repins of the pins you’ve created. Plus, view your most popular pins at a glance – this helps you tailor your social media strategy so you can keep generating content that users love the most!

Schedule Social Posts

Effective and successful social media strategy requires the ability for advance scheduling of posts on any social media channels. LibAnswers has you covered – compose Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest posts right from inside your LibAnswers system. Embed live links, send Twitter Direct Messages, and post right to your Pinterest Boards. Scheduling posts ahead of time ensures that your social media channels are always buzzing with activity – even when you’re too busy to create them at that moment.

Stats, Glorious Stats

impressions

We’re harnessing the full power of the Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest APIs to bring you turbo-charged statistics on your library’s social media presence. With these new statistics your library can demonstrably measure and report on user engagement. You’ll know at a glance which of your posts generated the most likes, comments, and shares. Plus, it’s easy to get an overview of your full social media presence – everything from your number of followers to a breakdown of impressions is included!

Ready? Let’s Go!

We hope you’re as excited about the new Social Media Management tool as we are! To get started, have your LibApps Administrator authorize each app (Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest) by heading to the LibApps dashboard and selecting Admin > Social Channel Integration.

If you need help identifying your LibApps Administrator: Click the blue dropdown menu from the orange command bar and select “LibApps”. Your LibApps administrator(s) is displayed at the top of the list of sites in the center of the screen.

Additional Updates

We also rolled out several smaller updates as part of this release. These include:

  • LibChat Expanded “Information” – We’ve heard your requests to make the “Information” about new chats more obvious – this includes things like the URL of the page where the patron started the chat, their browser version info, and their responses to any initial questions. With this update, this information comes front and center – just click the “i” icon at the top of the chat pane and boom, all the info you need is at your fingertips.
  • Searchable Internal Notes – Several of you asked if the internal notes field could be indexed & made searchable (but only on the librarian side of course!), so we did just that. You can now search for keywords and content in internal notes – just use the “full text” search from the ticket knowledgebase.
  • Friendly URLs are case-insensitive – We’ve updated the behavior of friendly URLs, so they now treat capital and lowercase letters the same. This was causing isolated issues where a friendly URL had been assigned more than once (once with uppercase and once with lowercase letters), and now those issues are no more.

LibGuides Webinars: Courseware Integration & Amazing A-Z Updates

Blog Post Updated: Monday, July 18th
New Tour Date Added

(30min) Two-Part Tour:

computer screenshot1. Courseware Integration with LibApps LTI

(Included with LibGuides CMS)

Embed your library content and services into courseware and watch the usage increase exponentially. What’s the LibApps LTI? Watch this 5min Refresher Video!

  • Seamlessly integrate tailored subject-specific resources inside courseware, scalable across hundreds (or thousands) of courses.
  • Create a ‘Library Page’ displaying point-of-need help, subject specialists, room bookings, and more!
  • Gather full usage statistics.

2. Upcoming A-Z Updates with Community Features

We made it easier to manage A-Z assets, added new features (internal notes, database reviews, hide databases, create popular lists, etc.), and fixed accessibility issues!

We also created something that is going to blow.you.away. A-Z Databases Community!
(Included with LibGuides CMS)

  • Run peer comparisons on database holdings to identify gaps in subject coverage.
  • See which databases are popular, best bets, etc., across the community.
  • Share and reuse database descriptions, browse reviews, and more!

Sign-Up: July Tour Dates

All times listed in Eastern Time

Exposing Credo Content Through LibGuides Webinar

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson
Head of User Communication & Instruction
        University of California, Merced

Borrow, Repurpose, and Share

August 3, 2016 at 2:00pm EST

Led by Sara Davidson, Head of User Communication and Instruction at the University of California Merced, this 30min free webinar will highlight CREDO reusability strategies. Specifically, how CREDO content can be shared, reused, and showcased inside your LibGuides.

Sara will demonstrate how they’re using CREDO search widgets, direct linking to books, and an integrated tutorial in UC Merced’s Instruction LibGuides.

Talia Richards, from Springshare, will participate in the webinar and answer any ‘LibGuides-specific’ inquiries.

Register Now

 

 

 

Updating to LibGuides v2 – New Migration Options

Tuesday night we rolled out a shiny new updating-to-v2 process for our LibGuides v1 friends and we can’t wait to have you try it! We’ve reduced the number of steps it takes, so you can breeze right into the v2 experience. The best part? You can easily go from live with v1 to migrated and live with v2 in a DAY. Yup, you read that right. Express Migration runs both the migration and go-live processes on the same day, automatically. Intrigued? Fantastic! Let’s go through the new process & options then, shall we?

First, we have a checklist right on Admin level users’ v1 Dashboard, front and center in the middle column. It not only outlines the steps for you, but also lets you see where you are in the process. Every time a step is completed, it’s checked off! The only required steps are requesting your v2 site and scheduling data migration / go-live dates. We recommend you take a look at the others to see if there’s anything else you’d like to do (like taking training sessions on the v2 system), but they’re not required. 😉

The LibGuides v2 Info box before requesting your v2 site.

The LibGuides v2 Info box before requesting your v2 site.

The LibGuides v2 Info box with all steps completed.

The LibGuides v2 Info box with all steps completed.

And to help out on the flip side, there’s a new box on the v2 Home page for Admin level users that also tells you where you are in the process / counts down to your migration / go live dates (once they’re scheduled) and provides links to documentation, training, and your v1 Dashboard.

Let’s talk about the Pre-migration options. You can choose to pre-migrate certain things in order to assist with setting up your v2 system. Run some, all, or none of them – it’s up to you!

  • Accounts: Especially useful if you choose Express Migration, because it allows your colleagues to get in and learn the system prior to going live with it. For CMS sites, there are a bunch of new user permissions, too.
  • Databases: Get your A-Z Database Assets / List set up in advance.
  • Groups (CMS Only): User Access is a new feature of groups in v2. Pre-migrate your accounts and groups to get them set up with the new features!
  • Header / Footer: Give yourself a head start by copying over your banner image / header and footer HTML.

The Migration / Go-Live scheduling options are especially exciting. You now have three options to choose from, and the go-live process is completely automated.* No more clicking of links to go live – just schedule the date and we’ll take care of the rest.

  1. Express Migration: Migrate your content and go live on the same date! Pre-migrate accounts, databases and header/footer, then schedule Express Migration – you’ll be running with v2 in no time!
  2. Regular Migration: Migrate your content on one day, but go live on another. This is helpful if you want to review your content prior to going live. Your go-live date must be no later than 60 days after migration.
  3. Skip Migration: Some folks have chosen to “start fresh” with v2 – skip over migrating content and just manually recreate everything in their v2 system. If you’d prefer that path, great! Choose this option and simply schedule your go-live date.

If you haven’t seen the v2 system lately, join us for a training session! The “LibGuides v2 Tour & Migration FAQ” session is perfect for an overview of the system and all it can do…and we’re offering it next on Monday, July 11, 2016, so please join us!

Just want to know more about migration? We have you covered there, too, with our “Migrating to LibGuides v2” session. It’s offered on the first Thursday of each month…which means the next one is today, Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11am U.S. Eastern time. We welcome last minute registrants, so please join us if you can!

Of course, all of our training is recorded because we know the scheduled days / times don’t always work for everyone. These new sessions will be available shortly to all customers. In v1, click the HELP button in the command bar. For those with LibApps accounts, all recorded LibGuides training is available in our LibGuides Training Videos guide.

We hope you like the new process, and as always, if you have any questions, you know where to find us. 😉


* If you have a custom domain (meaning your URL is something other than something.libguides.com, like library.institution.org), you’ll still need to coordinate your go-live date with your IT department so they can update your DNS records. The Migration guide has instructions for your IT folks, so all you need to do is copy that info and paste it into an email to them. :)

NCSU’s Makerspace Program Wins SLA’s Springshare Innovation Award

The winner of the 2016 Springshare Innovation Award is North Carolina State University Libraries’ Makerspace Program at the D.H. Hill Library!

The Academic Division of the Special Library Association (SLA) offers a Springshare Innovation in Libraries Award. Springshare donates this award which “recognizes a new program or service that demonstrates an innovative approach to academic librarianship”.(1)

Makerspace Lab at D.H. LibraryNCSU’s Makerspace Program is doing incredible work with 3D design and printing, 3D scanning, wearable electronics, programming with Arduinio & Rasberry Pi, and milling with CNC machines.

What’s more, they’re targeting women in the STEM fields with their ongoing “Making Spaces” event series. This series, in collaboration with NC State’s Women in Science and Engineering Village, College of Textiles faculty, and the College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Program, aims to raise awareness among women about access to tools and technology while lowering the barrier for access and use of the Makerspace Labs.

And lastly, they’re working hard to integrate their Makerspace program into the curriculum of disciplines that aren’t normally associated with technology. For example, Ph.D. students in a Communications, Rhetoric, and Digital Media class titled “Technologies and Pedagogies in the Communication Arts” were tasked with designing and building technologies that would measure their students’ attention.

The SLA award committee acknowledged how the entire community at NC State has responded to the D.H. Library’s strong web presence, proactive training sessions, and outreach with their Makerspace program integration into the diverse curricula.

Congratulations to Adam Rogers, David Woodbury, Lauren DiMonte, and the NCSU Libraries for winning the SLA Academic Division Springshare Award for Innovation for their incredible work and outreach with their revolutionary Makerspace program!

Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers

David Woodbury

David Woodbury

Lauren DiMonte

Lauren DiMonte

  1. Congratulations to Our 2016 Awards Winners! | SLA Academic Division., 15 June 2016. Web. 01 July 2016, http://academic.sla.org/annual-conference/congratulations-to-our-2016-awards-winners.html.

New LibGuides Community Site

Hello Springyverse! We are pumped to announce that we have a brand new LibGuides Community site! :)

We’ve completely rethought the Community site and are thrilled with the results. Guide Search, Institution Search, Librarian Search, and introducing….Springy Picks! Let’s take this one-at-a-time, shall we?

Find Guides allows you to search v2 guides (get inspired!), and the results page has facets on guide type, subjects, tags, and library type for filtering. Find Institutions helps you find other like-minded-Springyverse-LibGuides-customers, including limiting by library type and location. Browse the beautiful site screenshots or switch to table view! Find Librarians connects you with other Librarians using LibGuides – think of the collaborations & new friendships you can cultivate!

Last, but certainly not least, is Springy Picks: sites and guides that we think are great, for one reason or another. Browse all sites or guides (there’s a tab for each), or limit by subjects: sites we thought were cool because of Springy Integrations or Visual Design, or guides that are on an Interesting Topic or are there for Fun & Shenanigans (we <3 fun & shenanigans! 😉 ).

Please note: Seeing a site or guide listed in this area does not constitute permission to copy anything…you’ll need to contact the site / guide author for that! It simply means we like what they did.

A screenshot slideshow is below for your perusal…we’re sure it’ll make you want to go to the site and try it out for yourself!

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Pre-ALA LibGuides Updates: HTML Validation, Remotes Scripts, LTI, & E-Reserves

Over the last few weeks, we’ve released a bunch of small updates and features that will make your (work)life much easier and fun to boot.

HTML Validation

It’s happened to all of us; you’ve got some widget code, and you paste it into your LibGuide’s Media/Widget asset type and blammo! It blows up your LibGuide. Turns out that your widget code was missing a closing HTML tag. Or, you’re working on some custom CSS code in your Admin Look & Feel area, and you used a single quote instead of a double quote, and now your system’s customization looks cray-cray. You frantically email our support team, and we fix it as quick as humanly possible, but it takes awhile to smooth out your panicked edges. Small HTML/CSS mistakes can have big consequences. So, to keep your stress level down, we’ve added in HTML validation everywhere we could!

How does it work?

Well, if you’re working with HTML code that is missing tags or is not formatted properly, we’ll inform you right then and there! You won’t be able to save it without fixing it; you won’t have to worry about crashing your LibGuide or breaking your customizations anymore. If we alert you to a problem, read the onscreen language and fix it. If you still can’t figure it out, follow the link to the W3C Validation Service and follow the prompts.

HTML Validation

LibGuides HTML Validation

Remote Script AssetRemote Scripts Asset

Drum roll, please! The Remote Scripts asset type has come to LibGuides v2! This content type allows the techies amongst you to embed external content right inside a LibGuides box. You can write scripts (on your own server, in any programming language) to display any type of data from any system without having to use iframes or other tricks. The content you display using your script will display inside a LibGuides box like any other piece of content.

New E-Reserves Features & Bug Fixes

We’ve added some nifty UI features to the E-Reserves module and squashed a few pesky bugs along the way.

  • Course-wide Password Requirement: Worry no more, admins! Turn on a system-wide setting to require password protection for all courses.
  • Easy Course Information Editing: When you’re adding or reviewing E-Reserve items inside a course, you can easily update course info at the same time.
  • E-Reserves Homepage Search: The E-Reserves search box on the LibGuides homepage is now working properly, where it previously returned all courses. Bug smashed!
  • Opening in New/Same Window: Decide whether links should open in a new/same window.
  • E-Reserve Stats Added to Statistical Content Summary: Easily view your total number of courses, items, and total item storage from Statistics > Content Summary.

E-Reserve Counts

LTI Improvements

If you haven’t checked it out already, our LibApps LTI is really the bee’s knees (if bees had knees, of course ;). And it just keeps getting better and better! Our latest round of improvements include:

  • Faster Metadata Deletion: Delete metadata from within the LTI tool directly rather than having to navigate to specific guides, E-Reserve courses, subject categories, etc.
  • Bypass E-Reserve Passwords: Students already inside their courseware tool accessing E-Reserves via LTI (whew!) shouldn’t have to enter another password, and now they won’t have to. Password-protected E-Reserve items bypass password protection since the student is already authenticated into their courseware tool.
  • E-Reserve Items Open in a New Window: When accessing an E-Reserve link or document, it will automatically open in a new tab.
  • Private Guides in the Manual LTI selector : When using the Manual LTI Selector, only private guides for the logged-in user are displayed in the list. If we cannot determine who is logged into LibGuides at the moment of selection, no private guides are shown.

Small Improvements & Fixes

  • mSite Builder & Mobile Safari: When Safari on a mobile device to access an mSite, tapping the ‘Full Site’ link works as it should.
  • Option to Skip Sending ‘Welcome’ Emails: When creating a new account, you can choose whether or not to send either a ‘Welcome’ email to the new account holder. This applies to the ‘Welcome to LibGuides’ email as well as the ‘Welcome to LibApps’ email, if you’re adding a user that does not already have a LibApps account.

Welcome to LibGuides Email