Archive for June 21, 2011

LibGuides & CampusGuides Updates

Let’s hear it for code updates! We can’t wait to share the latest features & updates with you, so without further ado…

Simpify. Eliminate. Integrate. (Part 1).
Check out the latest edition of Springy News for a great visual walkthrough the new SEI changes! Here’s the highlights reel:

  • Guide Index Screen – Say hello to the new central management hub for your ‘guides. ūüôā We brought the heat, and revamped the Guide Index – now, you can view and edit guide info, editors & co-owners, tags, & subject categories for your guides all in one page. There’s also a wealth of new filter, sort, & export options from the guide index screen – it’s bonkers!
  • Guide Editing Toolbar – Scroll, and the toolbar scrolls with you!
  • Change Guide Info – We’ve reorganized the guide settings menu – now, everything is in one screen, separated by tabs, so the function you want is easier to find! We’ve moved lots of things to this screen, including the Guide Publishing options, Subject Categories, and Friendly URL.
  • Add Box screen – We’ve added so many new box types over the years that the “Add Box” window was screaming for reorganization. Check out the Box Types Explorer, which outlines the box features. Added bonus: for all our Netbook users, you won’t have to zoom out to add a box!
New Features for LibGuides & CampusGuides
Check out this month’s Springy News for screenshots & more info!
  • RSS & Podcast Feeds – These box-types will now update more frequently, so the feed content you present will now be fresher than fresh.
  • New Mobile Display – We’ve optimized the mobile version of your guides – users will now be presented with a guide’s tabs as options, rather than automatically expanding the 1st tab.
  • Delete Link Info – When you go to delete a link from one of the “Links” box-types, you’ll see a list of the pages where the link has been reused, so it’ll be easy to see the impact on your guides!
  • Admins: Rich Text Editor update – Admins can now hide elements in the Rich Text Editor (such as “Font family”, “Font size”, etc) – this can help minimize inline styles that your guide authors may be adding. Email us and let us know what you’d like to hide!
As always, these new features & updates wouldn’t have been possible without feedback from the Springshare Community. Have fun taking a look around, & as always, let us know what you think!

Announcing Mobile Site Builder and LibAnalytics

After we gave a sneak peek to our clients via last week’s newsletter,¬†today I am pleased to announce that the Mobile Site Builder and LibAnalytics systems are now available¬†for anybody to¬†check out. These two new tools expand our Springshare web platform in two important directions – mobile web¬†and statistical analysis. Both of these are hot topics¬†for libraries,¬†and since our goal is to¬†bring the latest and greatest web¬†technologies to our clients this is a natural extension of our product lines.

Mobile Site Builder (http://springshare.com/mobile) works with LibGuides¬†or CampusGuides¬†and it enables libraries to effortlessly create and maintain a professional-looking mobile website. We handle the coding, the automatic redirects for mobile devices, hosting, etc. – you just log on, create menus, submenus, add content and voila – your mobile users have information on the go. Mobile Site Builder is offered as a module¬†to LibGuides/CampusGuides so our¬†clients will feel right at home in terms of the ease of use and familiar interface. Oh, and did we mention it costs only $299/year? You won’t find a better deal¬†for a comparable mobile tool, so get in while the going is hot. ūüėČ For more information, check out¬†http://springshare.com/mobile, and let us know if any questions pop up.

LibAnalytics (http://springshare.com/libanalytics) is our new platform for recording, tracking, and analyzing data at your library. LibAnalytics¬†grew out of our Reference Analytics module in LibAnswers. We took Reference Analytics, which was targeted for gathering reference statistics only, and added tons of new features, more fields (up to 30 metadata fields to track) and data types (multi-choice, numeric, & free-text), improved filtering, better charts and reports, greater flexibility, and¬†…¬†LibAnalytics was born.

If you like statistics and data (who doesn’t, right?) LibAnalytics will feel like data-Nirvana. Instruction Statistics, Reference Statistics, Workflow Statistics, … literally any type of statistical information can be recorded, tracked, and analyzed in LibAnalytics. And the pricing starts at $299/year for a single instance. Yes, you read that right¬†– it’s affordable, it’s powerful, it’s great looking, it’s¬†easy to use, it’s… a typical Springshare¬†web-app. ūüôā Take the first step toward becoming a Data Ninja:¬†http://springshare.com/libanalytics.

Developing these tools wouldn’t have¬†been possible without our awesome client libraries¬†who are always giving us fresh ideas and great feedback, so big thanks to everybody who contributed their comments, feedback, and ideas which resulted in these two really neat, and really useful new¬†tools. Onwards and upwards!