Archive for May 22, 2012

LibGuides & CampusGuides Updates Now Live!

We had a code rollout last night – read on to discover the new features we’ve added!

  • E-Reserves Updates– we’ve introduced a ton of new features for the E-reserves module!
    • We’ve added a new E-Reserve Request Form option! This makes it easy to collect reserve item requests from instructors. For more information, check the FAQ, Jack.
    • We’ve added a new IP restriction option, so you can restrict the E-Reserves area by IP
    • You can now reorder E-reserve items in courses
    • You can now create E-Reserve items directly from the E-Reserve page in a guide
    • You can now create E-Reserve folders directly, independent of items
    • We added a “Course” filter on the E-Reserve Items control alrea, making it easier to manage items
  • We’ve added Hex Color Pickers across the site, making it easier to select color options
  • We’ve overhauled the Guide Layout/Colors screen, making it easier to create your guide look and feel
  • CampusGuides Clients have a new Access Restriction option: Limit access to your system to logged-in users only. In other words, only people who have an account in your CampusGuides system can view published content in your site. To enable this option, shoot us a message – support@springshare.com.
  • Credo Search Content Box – Add a search of your Credo Reference content, and display results right in your guides!  To see it in action & learn how it works, check out our help guide.
  • We also added lots of little niceties and fixes, including:
    • You can now submit the “Add Box” page by hitting enter, instead of needing to manually click “Submit”
    • We’ve added character limit warnings to several areas, including custom profile fields, adding tags, etc.
    • Discussion board posts should now reflect your local time

As always, thanks to everyone who suggested new features. Keep em coming, we love to hear from you!

Springshare gets nostalgic – it’s our 5-year anniversary!

Five years ago, George Bush was president, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, Steve Jobs announced the first generation iPhone, and a library-loving company called Springshare came into being. What a long way we’ve all come since then! As you can tell, we’re feeling a little nostalgic on this, the 5-year anniversary of the first LibGuide. Sadly, that guide has since been retired, but like all nostalgic people, we enjoy looking at snapshots through the years – and we thought you might too!

Here’s the first iteration of the LibGuides home page – thanks to Michael Stephens for sharing this image!

LibGuides

The admin page, circa 2008 – thanks to Kelly Smith at Eastern Kentucky University for this one!

libguides screenshot

And we saved the best for last – an old 404 message, shared by Elizabeth Brixton. Just so you know, it’s really Slaven’s fault.

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We’ve come a long way in 5 years – from one guide to almost 250,000 (whoa!), and from a handful of librarians to over 44,000 (double-whoa!). Many thanks to all of you for being part of the Springy community – you guys never cease to amaze, educate, and delight us. And wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun!