Archive for Community

New LibGuides Community Site

Hello Springyverse! We are pumped to announce that we have a¬†brand new LibGuides Community site! ūüôā

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 Рthink 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! ūüėČ ).

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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It’s Hot In Orlando – Time To Get Flashy

…with our presentations, of course! </wink>

Springshare’s heading to the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, from June 24 – 27 and we’ve got an action-packed schedule of flash presentations, free giveaways, coloring time, and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss seeing how your colleagues use Springshare tools. While it might be hot outside, it will be even hotter at¬†Booth 562.

Flash Presentations

All weekend long, we’re doing 15-min flash presentations on brand-new tools, coming updates, and more. If you attend a flash presentation, you can enter to win a *free* Kindle Fire!!

Guest Presentations

We have an amazing lineup of¬†14 guest presenters doing 11 separate flash presentations. They’re showing how they use Springshare tools to provide extraordinary service.

Friday, June 24: View Entire Day’s¬†Schedule

Jeremy Hall

University of North Florida: Using LibGuides CMS to Power Our Website

5:45pm – 6:00pm

The University of North Florida uses a suite of Springshare tools to maintain their library website and services! Guest presenter Jeremy Hall, Virtual Services Librarian, will discuss how they’re using Springy Tools to provide thousands of students with access to their mobile-first library tools and services.

 


Saturday, June 25: View Entire Day’s Schedule

Moffitt Cancer Center: Creating a Virtual Nursing Journal Club

9:30am –¬†9:45am

Lauren Adkins will present on how the Moffitt Cancer Center uses LibGuides to setup an asynchronous online journal club to support evidence-based nursing topics and CE credit.

 

 

David Gliddon

Colorado Technical University: Using LibGuides to Manage the CTU Learning Center

12:00pm¬†–¬†12:15pm

Dr. David Gliddon will provide examples of the different ways that CTU faculty members and administrators use LibGuides as a means to host articles, videos, academic resources, lectures, experiential activities, and interactive discussion.

 

 

Doug Furiato

Tampa Bay Library Consortium: Using LibAnswers for Statewide Ask a Librarian Services

1:00pm¬†–¬†1:15pm

TBLC is the Florida statewide Ask¬†a¬†Librarian service, with over 130 Academic, School, Special, and Public Libraries participating. In early 2015, they switched to¬†LibAnswers¬†to provide consortial-level Ask-a-Librarian email/chat/sms reference. TBLC’er Doug Furiato will discuss their use of LibAnswers, share some eye-opening stats, and more.

 

Melissa Del Castillo

alvin dantesFlorida International University:
Using Netflix’s Visual Scrolling Style in LibAnswers

2:30pm Р2:45pm

By combining analytics and a simplified design, FIU¬†libraries’ public facing LibAnswers platform was able to better meet the needs of our patrons. Melissa and Alvin will discuss how the design is a nod to sites like Netflix that are visually focused and intuitive.

 

Ashley Creek

University of Saint Mary: Using LibGuides to Train Student Workers

3:00pm Р3:15pm

Training student workers is repetitive, time-consuming, and covers significantly repetitious material. To provide a baseline student worker training orientation, presenter Ashley Creek¬†constructed online interactive tutorials with embedded photos, videos, and capstone quizzes using Springshare’s LibGuides 2.0, Google Forms, & Flubaroo.

 

suzanne moore

Ashe County Library: Using LibGuides to Promote 2016 Reading Challenge

3:30pm Р3:45pm

Suzanne Moore will present on how they’re¬†using LibGuides v.2 to show off their¬†regional movie collection in a “Netflix” sort of browsing way and are currently designing a readers advisory tool to consolidate “all things bookish.” The¬†2016 Reading Challenge has been very successful as an interactive LibGuide by encouraging readers to share comments, about books they discover, as they meet each challenge in a Google form.


 

Sunday, June 26: View Entire Day’s Schedule

Latanya Jenkins

Temple University: Using LibGuides to Promote Black History Month

11:30am Р11:45am

Latanya Jenkins will present on how the Temple University Library collaborates with other departments to promote Black History Month across the campus. Using sample scans from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American collection and books covers and resources from Temple University Library, Latanya will discuss how these integrated resources help to promote collection use.

 

Rhonda Kitchens

State College of Florida: Connecting with Distance Learners Using LibWizard

1:00pm Р1:15pm

Librarian Rhonda Kitchens understands the need to connect, engage, and instruct distance education students. Using LibWizard, Rhonda will showcase how the SCF Library will create self-paced interactive tutorials, online learning modules, gradable assessments/quizzes, and more.

 

 

Callan Bignoli

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners: Celebrating 125 Years

1:30pm Р1:45pm

In 2015, the MBLC – the oldest state library agency in the country – celebrated its 125th anniversary! Presenter Callan Bignoli will discuss how the MBLC made a “microsite” using LibGuides CMS v2 to look back on those 125 years and put our accomplishments in historical context. Combined with a social media¬†campaign to highlight one year per day, LibGuides gave them¬†a great platform for creating beautiful, easily customizable, responsive web content to share with library & history fans.

 

Barbara Doll

Saint Francis University: Providing Staff Learning Opportunities Using LibGuides

2:30pm Р2:45pm

Librarian¬†Barbara Doll will present on how their using LibGuides to provide a comprehensive staff learning program called “Give Yourself An Hour”. With the support of library administration, “if you give yourself an hour”, has resulted in staff members directing their own learning while focusing on core competencies. New content is added to the LibGuide each semester. To top it off, new staff have resources available to them to quickly come up to speed with library operations.


 

Monday, June 27: View Entire Day’s Schedule

jeffery mortimore

Ruth BakerGeorgia Southern University: Managing Content Across LibGuides & LibAnswers

10:30am Р10:45am

Ruth and Jeffrey will offer simple strategies for content creation and management that maximize opportunities for repurposing content across delivery platforms while keeping maintenance to a minimum.

Train Future Librarians and Request a *Free* Suite of Springshare Tools

Graduating Librarians, Information Professionals, and School Media Specialists are entering a workplace that requires more and more specialized skills, knowledge, and experience. Things like:

  • Experience at building a LibGuide;
  • Knowledge of administering & maintaining a LibGuides system;
  • Skill in using¬†virtual chat reference tools like LibChat;
  • Know-how with coordinating, managing, and advertising library events;
  • Expertise in building and creating interactive instructional tutorials.

At Springshare, we recognize that Librarians-in-Training are the future <cue cheesy music> of Librarianship and we want to help them be as prepared as possible for what’s to come!

To that end, we’re offering a free¬†Suite of Springshare Tools to any and all LIS Programs, School Media Specialist certification programs, or M.Ed Programs, and others. If you’re not sure your school or program qualifies, just fill out the form below and inquire!

With your LIS Suite, students will gain real-world experience using Springshare Tools. Furthermore, it can serve as a living and online archive of their student work – invaluable to future employers.

What’s in the LIS Suite of Springshare Tools?

Each LIS Suite comes with the following Springshare tools and you’re welcome to choose one, a few, or all of the tools to utilize within your program. You don’t need to get the entire Suite if you don’t need it! But, we think you might like to make use¬†of all the tools in your proverbial toolkit!

LibGuides Logo‚ÄčLibGuides CMS: ¬†Students learn to curate knowledge and build multimedia-rich guides by:

  • Creating subject, course, or topical Guides
  • Creating a mock ‘Library Website’
  • Learning about Bootstrap in a user-friendly environment
  • Creating a mock ‘Staff Policies & Procedures’ manual

LibWizard Logo‚ÄčLibWizard: Students learn to create interactive tutorials, quizzes, surveys, and forms to engage patrons by:

  • Building self-paced interactive tutorials and assessments
  • Assessing patron learning with quizzes
  • Creating engaging feedback surveys
  • Replacing paper forms with mobile-friendly online forms

LibAnswers Logo‚ÄčLibAnswers Platform: Students develop their virtual reference and reference interview skills by:

  • Practicing a live chat exchange using LibChat
  • Creating media-rich FAQs and learning best practices for keyword optimization
  • Practicing their reference interview via email, SMS, Twitter, and more

LibCal Logo‚ÄčLibCal:¬†Students learn how to create engaging library programming and events, manage space bookings, and create their own one-on-one consultation scheduler by:

  • Practicing creating a library calendar with engaging events
  • Communicating and advertising events to patrons
  • Managing library spaces, study rooms, and bookable spaces
  • Creating their own schedule for librarian consultations and advertising them to patrons

Terms of Use – All the Fun Without the Jargon

  1. Your LIS Suite of Springshare Tools may only be used within your library school, educational, or certification program to train future librarians and information professionals on the use of Springy Tools.
  2. You / your designated group of local admins are front-line support for any questions your students or faculty have about using Springshare tools. They / you can have full access to our help documentation and training, but all support questions from students/faculty are routed through you. Basically, you know them better than we do so it makes sense for their questions to be answered locally!
    • If you / your designated group of local admins have questions or need to report any issues, contact Springshare Support.
You may not use Springy Tools to provide services to patrons or end-users.

What About Content on Other LIS Systems?

Since 2011, we’ve realized the importance in providing access to LibGuides for¬†Librarians-in-Training.¬†If you’ve created content on these systems, we’ve outlined your options below.

Request Your LIS Suite of Springshare Tools!

Ready to get started? Request your LIS Suite of Tools today!

 

Beyoncé’s Lemonade РThe LibGuide Heard Round the (twitter)World

Lemonade LibGuide Screenshot

Lemonade LibGuide:       http://libguides.mica.edu/lemonade

On April 28th at 9:09am, Jenny Ferretti, the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art, tweeted that she had published a LibGuide on Beyonc√©‚Äôs Lemonade visual album. The response, especially on Twitter, was astounding. In just 24hrs, Jenny’s LibGuide had over 14,000¬†views and her tweet has been retweeted and liked over 200+ times. The NYPL even got in on the buzz and tweeted¬†Jenny’s LibGuide to¬†their over 1.5Million followers. School Library Journal interviewed Jenny and wrote a¬†blog post on the importance of¬†building a LibGuide¬†that¬†unpacks the research behind the album. Providing much needed context so that users can make connections to and find references¬†within the work.¬†

When we reached out Jenny to collaborate on a blog post, the first thing we discussed¬†was, “What do we want to talk about that hasn’t already been said?“. What can we add to the conversation? Jenny, not surprisingly, had some great ideas about why she chose LibGuides, the overwhelming community feedback, and inclusion with instruction programs.

Why did you use LibGuides to create your Lemonade research portal?

I’m a fan of topical LibGuides, particularly those focused on recent events and popular culture. I’m a self-identified first generation American Latina. I have a fine art undergraduate background and I’m interested in various styles of fashion, music, television, and film. My background and interests help shape what I’m interested in discussing with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) students as the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Decker Library. I approach media and art from the perspective of an information professional. So when Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade was released, I wanted to unpack the hour-long film using resources from publications and popular websites.

I chose LibGuides as the platform to explore Lemonade because it‚Äôs a convenient tool that supports items in your library‚Äôs catalog or Worldcat, images, and gifs (which is pretty important when referencing Beyonc√©). If you know the basics of how to make a LibGuide, you could make a guide right now. I have experience creating¬†topical LibGuides after making ‚ÄúUnderstanding Civic Unrest in Baltimore, 1968-2015.‚ÄĚ My personal research interest in Baltimore‚Äôs Civil Rights Era helped me understand that what happened in 2015 was not an isolated incident, but would our patrons know this? I wanted to create a space that had information about the history of civic unrest, community groups, and art.

When developing the Lemonade guide, I tried to accomplish a few different things. I wanted to compile articles and resources about Lemonade in one place. Articles analyzing and sharing information like all of the musical collaborators started showing up in feeds and timelines fairly soon after the visual album was released. I immediately wanted to categorize them and place them somewhere for others to find. For example, a recent addition is the #LemonadeSyllabus compiled by Candice Benbow through online suggestions.

Beyoncé samples three lines from a Malcolm X speech in the Anger chapter of the visual album. I wanted to hear the entire speech for context. I found that speech on YouTube and added it to the guide. Similarly, the Forgiveness chapter of the visual album includes three women holding photographs of their sons. Although I recognized the photos these women held as black men killed by police, I wondered if others had recognized them, or more importantly, knew their names. I sought out context and more information about the things I saw and heard in Lemonade.

Another goal of the guide was to share what is happening in the job market. If you stuck around the for the credits of the visual album, you would have seen seven directors names and seven cinematographers. Other credits, like poetry by Warsan Shire, styling, score and other music, choreography, production design, and more were also included. We can’t be Beyoncé, but we can unpack what it took to make something like Lemonade. I’d like our students to imagine working on something like the visual album if that’s what they’d like to do. It’s not a fantastical out-of-reach dream. Like many large-scale creative and artistic projects, it took a team of people to create Lemonade. For art and design students, it’s important to see who played what role.

The applications, beyond the LibGuide, are extensive. What are your thoughts on using it during library instruction?

Before Lemonade was released, I spoke with Si√Ęn Evans, Instruction Librarian at MICA, about Beyonc√©‚Äôs performance at Super Bowl 50 and her Formation music video. We were both fascinated by creative choices like the nod to the Black Panther Party and the criticism Beyonc√© received and controversy over copyright. In seeking to make research more exciting to undergraduate art students while also promoting critical thinking skills, Si√Ęn developed an instruction session which included a visual analysis of Formation, a discussion of Black Lives Matter, and an active learning component in which the students responded to the Super Bowl performance by researching the Black Panther Party in the library catalog, research databases, and special collections.

I sat-in on that instruction session and it occurred to me that our students might be more familiar with Beyoncé rather than the history of the Black Panthers. Engaging students through a popular point of reference is a great starting point for education. The Lemonade LibGuide includes a mix of printed books, publications, and work from popular websites. It can be used to demonstrate differences between primary, secondary, and peer-reviewed sources, as well as copyright, Creative Commons, and more.

Tell us about the response and feedback you’re getting from librarians, researchers, and activists around the world.


The feedback has been overwhelming in the best possible way. Within 24 hours the guide was viewed 17,000 times and has been viewed over 40,000 times to date. Two weeks after first publishing the guide, the shares and mentions on Twitter have started to slow down. Most of the positive feedback has been from those who work in libraries and archives. It has been shared on Twitter, tumblr, and Facebook by people like Sherrilyn Ifill, President & Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, institutions like New York Public Library, and publications like Library Journal and School Library Journal. It has it’s own hashtag: #libeyrianship.

Honestly, a lot of the comments I‚Äôm receiving are about how this LibGuide in particular is different from other LibGuides. Many people have commented that they didn‚Äôt think of LibGuides as a space for topical exploration. Hashtags like #woke, and comments that include the word ‚Äúrelevancy‚ÄĚ and overall gratitude for my having created the guide usually follow retweets and shares. A lot of people want Queen Bey herself to acknowledge the LibGuide. Funny story: the night I published it and realized the impact of the guide online, I got a phone call from an unknown number with a New York City area code. For a second I thought to myself, ‚ÄúBey???‚ÄĚ but it was just my graduate school asking for a donation. ūüôā

Many librarians have told me that they’ve either talked about it in instruction meetings or have intentions of copying the LibGuide. At least one library has copied the guide completely and adapted it to fit the needs of their students (with my permission and credit of course). LibGuides have always seemed like a resource for not only library patrons, but library professionals. I search for LibGuides on particular programs to get an idea of what someone else thought was an important resource or topic to mention.

My next step as far as using LibGuides goes is to develop a LibGuide Bootstrap Bootcamp with my colleagues at Decker Library. Once I realized LibGuides is based in the Bootstrap framework (after excellent support from Springshare), I realized LibGuides could be customized if you gave a few hours of your time to learning this code.

Decker Library (@deckerlibrary) will be hosting a Twitter chat about the LibGuide and instruction on Wednesday, June 8 at 2pm EST.
Follow along using #libeyrianship and @deckerlibrary
Official Announcement Coming Soon!

New Hanover County Public Library’s Knowledge Base in the Cloud

Rachel Langlois at the New Hanover County Public Library had a problem, she needed¬†to create a cloud-based and mobile-friendly staff Knowledge Base. This Knowledge Base, replacing their paper manuals, needed to be flexible enough to be accessible by staffers anywhere and at anytime,¬†but also secure enough so that patrons couldn’t gain access.

The New Hanover Public Library is a power Springy user, with subscriptions to LibGuides CMS, LibAnswers, LibCal, and LibInsight (not publicly accessible). So rather than turning to another tool or creating a VPN, Rachel thought to make use of the tools already at her fingertips! She created a Restricted/Password-Protected LibGuides CMS Group.

For a little background, with LibGuides CMS Groups you can create internal/restricted groups and guides assigned to those groups are automatically protected and not visible on the public side. It’s ideal for creating a cloud-based staff intranet, policy manual, or in Rachel’s case – a roving Knowledge Base. You can learn more about using LibGuides CMS to create a staff intranet here.

Only staffers at NHCPL with the password can access the Knowledge Base. So, it’s easy for them to call it up whenever and where ever they need it, from home or even while they’re roving the stacks – but with the safety and security of password protection.

And better yet, Rachel’s being green and saving effort to boot. If policies change, she only needs to update the Knowledge Base without having to reprint an entire new paper manual.

So kudos to Rachel for thinking inside the (LibGuides) box, and using LibGuides CMS to address this need! In fact, the Knowledge Base is now a standard section of on-boarding for all new NHCPL staffers.

Got 3min? Rachel even made a video so you can check out their Knowledge Base for yourself!
Note: The password in the video is no longer the password for the Knowledge Base. Strong security procedures for the win!

New Hanover County Public Library Knowledge Base Video Screenshot

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We Asked School Librarians One Question…

At the American Association for School Librarians Conference (AASL) in October, 2015 – we asked School Librarians one question.

Why do you love LibGuides?

And the responses we got were as varied as they were astonishing.

Here’s a quick recap:

  • Holly Bunt, Library Director at Western Reserve Academy “My students tell me that ‘LibGuides Rocks'”.
  • Amanda Smithfield, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet “It may surprise you to know that many teenagers do homework after 11pm. With LibGuides, they have everything organized right there, and they can access my content 24hrs/day.”
  • Kristen Rosebrock-Hayes, Laurel School “The teachers love it, they think it’s phenomenal.”
  • Brett Daggs, Honeoye Falls High School “LibGuides is absolutely the best thing I’ve discovered in the past¬†24months. It’s going to reinvent the way I instruct.”
  • Linda Swarlis, Columbus School for Girls “We’re able to personalize LibGuides for every teacher and to every class.”

Watch the full video:

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AASL 2015

 

Park View LibGuides: Learning on Their Time & Their Device

Stephanie Milles

Stephanie Mills
Park View Middle School

Stephanie Mills is a School Librarian at Park View Middle School in Cranston, Rhode Island. And to say that she is awesomazing, well, would be an understatement.

Through the Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids, Stephanie and 70 other School Libraries in Rhode Island, have access to LibGuides through a single shared LibGuides CMS system. This way, participating¬†libraries get their own customizable group and as students navigate through from elementary to middle to high school in Rhode Island, they’ll only have to remember one URL: http://guides.rilinkschools.org. It’s a win-win for librarians, educators, students,¬†and¬†parents.

The RILINK offices connected Springshare with Stephanie because she had some amazing things to share about how she’s using LibGuides to connect students to learning on their time and any device.

Here’s what she had to say:

The library has long been “research central” in a traditional sense but the need for libraries to be open and accessible at all hours has truly become an essential part of my program at Park View Middle School in Cranston.¬†LibGuides allow students to see projects that I am collaboratively teaching and work on those projects from home, at their leisure.

One project that has been taught utilizing the LibGuide and Google Drive is a Constitution Jigsaw Puzzle. My instruction helped students learn the format of a Works Cited page and how to utilize SpeedCite.com as a way to create citations. Students could visit my plagiarism page to watch a small video clip, and take an online test about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. Students then used all of the research materials and databases on a specific LibGuide page designed for the assignment. The links brought them to YouTube clips, articles and reference sources to answer the questions. All of the student’s answers and citations were typed into a Google Doc and shared with me. The note taking sheet was designed so that as students clicked on it, it automatically created a copy and saved it to their Drive, where it could be edited and shared. The classroom teacher and I commented on everyone’s documents as they worked in real time so corrections to citations or answers could be made as students worked. Some students worked on their note sheets collaboratively. At night, if I received a notification that students were working, I could easily use my phone or iPad to comment on student work. The LibGuide also allowed me a built in opportunity for exit slips and formative assessments. Currently, the survey on the LibGuide is asking for student feedback as to whether or not the LibGuide helped streamline their research. One of the best features of the LibGuide is that it automatically shifts to a mobile version so students can access the content rich sites from anywhere.

Park View Middle School LibGuides

Park View Middle School LibGuides

One of the five laws of Library Science includes the law, ‚Äúthe library is a growing organism.‚ÄĚ LibGuides has allowed my library program to grow extensively because students are using the website as gateway to learning from school, from the public library, from home and from the bus stop. As a staff member working with different teams, many content areas and two grade levels on a daily basis, I am able to use the site as a parking lot for all materials. I‚Äôve also found that certain pages I‚Äôve created for one teacher are being used by others. A student recently told me they were looking for information for a common task on Sparta. She commented that she used the LibGuide and found I had linked to information from PBS.org so she incorporated that into her research paper. No one had directed her there- she just remembered using the LibGuide for other assignments.

Using LibGuides for projects is just one of the ways I reach students outside of the library and school day- students can use our library catalog, place holds and see what other Park View students are reading through the main page. Our Twitter feed and Awesome Box stream on the homepage and students like to scroll through to find out what the hot new titles are or what students are working on in the library. A long time ago, someone said to me that libraries succeed when you ‚Äúgive ‚Äėem what they want.‚ÄĚ I believe that holds true today. Students want easy accessibility and guidance on where to turn for the best resources and LibGuides helps me provide just that.

Using LibCal to Create Dynamic Digital Signage

The University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library runs a program of drop-in sessions to cater to new and returning students. The sessions are¬†over a 6-week period with up to eight individual sessions each day. In 2014, upcoming sessions were displayed on digital signage manually. The manual nature of updating the digital signage resulted in updates being missed and past sessions being shown. So, in 2015, the Library decided to do something different using LibCal Calendar Widgets! Mike Ewen, the LLI Online Coordinator, reached out and let us know what they’re doing!

Digital Signage at Hull University

Digital Signage @ Hull University
using LibCal Calendar Widgets

LibCal Calendar Widgets to the Rescue!

A specific induction calendar was populated with the drop-in sessions and each session assigned to one of four categories to allow the widgets to target them specifically. The visibility of the calendar was set to internal as only widget access was required. (Springy Note: You can create an internal calendar and still utilize public-facing widgets if you only intend to display the widgets, and not the full calendar, to your public.)

LibCal Calendar Widget Set-Up

The following widget settings were used:

  1. Widget Type¬†‚Äď Upcoming Events List
  2. Filter by category ‚Äď Relevant drop-in category
  3. Event Details ‚Äď Simple List
  4. Widget Request Format – JavaScript

Widget: JavaScript & CSS Tweaks

The  LibCal Calendar Widget JavaScript code provides the required data but for our purposes we only needed to display the next three events with time and date. To achieve this we made two small changes in the JavaScript, highlighted in red below:

Calendar widget embed code

Changing ‚Äúul‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúbr‚ÄĚ switches the formatting from a bullet list to a series of lines breaks. And changing the “l=5” to “l=3” means that only the next three events would display in the widget.

We created separate webpages for each drop-in category and embedded the LibCal Widgets in them. We then applied the following CSS to each page to style the widgets to our liking:

Custom CSS code

 

The Result?

LibCal Calendar Widgets: Before & After

LibCal Calendar Widgets: Before & After

Creating the Digital Signage

Finally, we displayed the separate web pages with the embedded LibCal Calendar widgets, using multiple webpage plugins, in our digital signage solution. The final output is displayed below.

Once the signage was set up we could leave it to run knowing that as soon as an event had ended, it would automatically be replaced by the next upcoming event! Bye bye manual, hello automation! ūüôā

University of Hull Digital Signage

University of Hull Digital Signage using LibCal Calendar Widgets

 

Big thanks to Mike Ewen and the folks at the University of Hull Brynmor Jones Library for sharing this awesome LibCal Calendar usage!

Got Questions? Contact University of Hull Library!

Mike Ewen

Carl Barrow

SpringyCamp, Nov 18th-20th: Registration Now Open!

SpringyCamp: R2V2 Redesigning & Reimagining with v2 Tools

SpringyCamp

Program Information:

Dates: November 18 – 20, 2015
Times vary by day; all times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Cost: Completely, 100% free

Audience: Exclusive Event for Springshare Customers!

This is our biggest SpringyCamp yet! We even have a pre-conference for¬†our advanced techie users (prior knowledge of CSS & Bootstrap a must).¬†Register for all or just some of the events – you pick and choose which days¬†work for you! And don’t forget to bring your virtual s’mores because this is gonna be a campfire you won’t want to miss.

SpringyCamp works best if we all work together: We do have a limited number of seats, so be kind and computer-pool with your colleagues. If several folks at your library want to attend and you’re going to participate via a single computer, just¬†register once. This way even more folks can attend, making SpringyCamp a truly global event! ūüôā

SpringyCamp Website


Tech Time with Springy Tools Pre-Conference

When: Wednesday, Nov 18th: 1:00pm – 3:15pm U.S. Eastern Time

Join us for our pre-conference to learn how to customize your LibGuides using a little bit of CSS, Bootstrap, and elbow grease! These sessions are great for people who are already familiar with using CSS and customizing the look & feel options in LibGuides. Learn more about customizing and styling your LibGuides Рcheck out our LibGuides Admin 2 training session in advance!

Presenters:


Building Better

When: Thursday, Nov 19th: 11:30am Р3:30pm U.S. Eastern Time

Thursday is all about using Springy Tools to build a better user experience. From designing better guides to developing better services, learn how you can leverage the power of Springy Tools to engage your patrons in new ways!

Presenters:


Enhancing Collections and Library Services w/ Springy Tools

When: Friday, Nov 20th: 11:30am Р2:30pm U.S. Eastern Time

Friday’s sessions explore how Springy Tools can help you provide amazing service to your patrons. From improving communication to promoting collaboration¬†to sharing collections.¬†Find out how you can use Springy Tools to go above and beyond!

Presenters:

Watch ALA 2015 Springy Presentations By Guest Flash Presenters!

Whether you attended ALA in San Francisco, or not, you can still watch (and rewatch!) guest presenter’s¬†Jessie Riggins (TBLC), Cathay Keough (Delaware Libraries), Aaron Dobbs (Shippensburg University), and Louise Hilton¬†with¬†Andrew Tadman (EBPRL) presenting on their use of Springy Tools!

Jessie Riggins

Jessie Riggins

Using LibAnswers for Statewide Ask-A-Librarian Services

Jessie Riggins¬†–¬†Tampa Bay Library Consortium

Jessie Riggins is the Member Services Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Jessie manages the statewide virtual reference program for the State of Florida, Ask A Librarian. The program consists of 130 public, academic, special and k-12 libraries. The live Chat and SMS service is open 84 hours a week, and offers 24/7 email.

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Cathay Keough

Cathay Keough

Cathay Keough – Delaware Division of Libraries

Delaware Division of Libraries was the first consortium to use LibAnswers to power their statewide reference.
Hear from Cathay on why they made the switch and how Delaware Division of Libraries reference teams are loving LibAnswers.

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Using LibGuides @ East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Louise Hilton & Andrew Tadman – LibGuides @EBPL

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

EBRPL is the largest library system in Louisiana, covering the capital city of Baton Rouge and the surrounding parish. We have nearly 350,000 card holders, 14 branches, and last year we circulated 2.5 million items. EBPL has 135¬†active¬†LibGuides and last year they¬†received nearly 150,000 LibGuide views. The largest LibGuide successes have been using them as ‘how to guides’ for Overdrive, and as a focal point for community programs such as out ‘One Book/One Community’ and for their¬†Maker resources and programming.

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LibAnswers: Not just for Library Answers @Shippensburg University

Aarron Dobbs – LibAnswers @Shippensburg University

Aaron Dobbs

Aaron Dobbs

Do you ever get questions about non-library topics? Ship Library sure does. They reached out to offices around campus and asked them what question they most commonly (and most easily/straightforwardly) answered. They worked out a process to gather, answer, and update the questions commonly asked across campus ‚Äď and, because they‚Äôre librarians, they classified the heck out of the Q&A pairs and linked to the webpages which provide more information.

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