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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.

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 – 2:45pm

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 – 3:15pm

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 – 3:45pm

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 – 11:45am

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 – 1:15pm

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 – 1:45pm

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 – 2:45pm

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 – 10:45am

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.

Springshare & ACRL Collaborate to Provide Springy Tools to Member Units

ARCL LogoThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is the largest division within ALA representing almost 20% of the total ALA membership with more than 11,000 members, 17 sections, 21 discussion groups, 17 special interest groups, 8 active task forces, 44 chapters, and 51 committees. To say this division is active would be an understatement!

Another understatement? How excited we were to collaborate with the ACRL offices to provide LibGuides and LibAnswers to member units to create unit-specific resources in support of ACRL’s mission. Using LibGuides and LibAnswers, ACRL units will be able to effectively and efficiently collaborate while completing association-related work.

Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director stated, “ACRL is grateful to Springshare for making this resource available to our members to facilitate their work for the association. We are very appreciative of Springshare’s generosity and ACRL members are already using the tools to further their unit’s work.”

Slaven Zivkovic, chief Springy, added: “Many ACRL members already use our tools at their own institutions, so this is truly a win-win collaboration! Springshare gets to support the ACRL and all the wonderful work the organization does, and its members benefit from using already familiar tools to improve ACRL workflows and outreach in the same beneficial ways they use Springshare tools within their own institutions.”

We can’t wait to see the amazing content that the ACRL offices will be creating!

As our chief Springy would say, onwards and upwards!

Hello LibCat – Springshare’s Smart Cat for Libraries

We’re thrilled to announce the newest member to our Springshare Suite of Apps – LibCat! It’s a culmination of efforts by Springy programmers, veterinarians, and biologists around the world to meet a real need in today’s libraries… a smart cat designed for libraries by librarians.

With LibCat, patent-pending, enhance your feline friend’s abilities with useful features, robust statistics…all with the same furr’nominal support you’ve come to expect from a Springshare product.

Storytime Expert

Story-time Expert

LibCat features you’ll want…. starting meow:

  • Advanced Cat’aloging Knowledge: All cats love to read, and LibCat is no exception. Your LibCat will be able to hunt your library catalog, stalk the stacks for the right item, and even unpack book boxes – after she plays with it first.
  • Paypurr-less Billing: Take advantage of Springshare’s online billing with only a few strings attached. For your LibCat to play with, of course.
  • BlueCat Wireless Charging: We didn’t even want to go there with plugging in your LibCat. #justsayin
  • Weekly Status Reports: Your LibCat’s robust statistics include weekly status reports so you’ll know if LibCat is feline groovy or pawsitively terrible.
  • …and so much more!

For more information, details on how to order, and client testimonials: http://buzz.springshare.com/libcat

Twitter_logo_blue_50pxIf you’re already a proud LibCat user, tweet us your #LibCat pictures and tag us @Springshare.

Springshare’s Going Public!

Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book

Attend a Flash Presentation for a chance to win an adult coloring book!

…Libraries, that is! We’re heading to the Public Library Association Annual Conference (PLA) next week, from April 6 – 8. You won’t want to miss swinging by Booth 433. Why? Well, for starters, you’ll want to attend a 15-min flash presentation on Springshare tools for a chance to win a free cat coloring book. And speaking of coloring, we have a Springy Color Me Decal we need your help filling in. Awesome, right?

Well, we’ve got more! We have guest presentations by your colleagues showing how they’re using Springshare tools to provide extraordinary service.

Public Library Presentations

To stay in the mobile know, bookmark our mobile conference website made with the mSite Builder and follow us on Twitter – @springshare.

Integrate BrowZine Into Your LibGuides – Free Webinar!

LibGuides & BrowZine subscribers, rejoice!

ThirdIron

Makers of BrowZine

Third Iron, the makers of BrowZine, is offering a free series of webinars on how to better integrate BrowZine into your LibGuides!

So, if you’re been looking for tighter integration between these apps while simultaneously promoting usage of both your LibGuides and Journals, look no further.

In this 45min webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Browzine-Webinar-SignupCreate links to subject-specific bookshelves and add them to your guides;
  • Curate a bookshelf of titles;
  • Embed a BrowZine search box inside your LibGuides for easy search integration;

Webinar Dates:

Tues, March 29

Wed, March 30

Thurs, March 31

  • 1pm – 1:45pm
  • 8pm – 8:45pm
  • 10am-10:45am
  • 4pm – 4:45pm
  • 7am – 7:45am
  • 2pm – 2:45pm
All times listed in CDT

 

Bite-Sized Tech Tip Videos!

Have you ever wanted to learn something about your LibGuides, LibAnswers, or other Springy tool in just a few minutes?

Well, we have a collection of Springy Tech Tip videos – just for you, the avid learner.

Springy Tech Tip Video Font Awesome

Tech Tip: Using Font Awesome in LibGuides

A collection of videos, under 5min each, ranging from how to use SMS Keywords in the Classroom to Promote Interactive Learning to Optimizing Your LibGuides Organization.

New Springy Tech Tip videos are made available in every edition of our Springshare Newsletter. So check back often, we’ll be adding new ones!

Feel free to watch them all at once (hello binge watching!) or space them out for whenever you have 5 minutes. Better yet, bring a snack for a Treat & Training session. Chocolate and Tech Tip Videos at the same time? Yes please!

But, that’s not all! We also make quick videos on Springshare tools, guest presenters at conferences, and more. Check out all our videos in our Video Highlights section.

* Springy Tech Tip Videos *

Introducing LibWizard

We’re thrilled to announce the newest member of our Springy Software Suite – LibWizard. It’s a culmination of our effort to extend the existing LibSurveys tool and add fully interactive tutorials and assessment modules. Our current LibSurveys product has been renamed “LibWizard Lite”, so LibGuides CMS folks will continue to have access to the Forms Wizard and Surveys Wizard. The Quiz Wizard and Assessments Wizard are available with the full LibWizard platform.

LibWizard Lite

With LibWizard Lite, you’ll create amazing custom forms and embed them anywhere – in your website, LibGuides, and any webpage where you need form-based input from users. With the Surveys Wizard, you’ll administer and analyze surveys. Surveys lie at the heart of any customer-facing organization, and with our Surveys Wizard, libraries can efficiently conduct surveys and get actionable feedback from patrons and from the community as a whole. Key features include:

  • Drag & Drop Interface – Select the elements you want to display and drag & drop them into your Survey Builder. It really is that easy!
  • Robust Field Types – Create surveys and forms with text, numeric, date, radio, check-box, rating, grid field types, and more.
  • Conditional Logic – Setup surveys that hide and reveal specific questions based on answers that a patron provides. Logic rules allows you to serve separate questions based on a user’s prior response.
  • Grouping – Group sets of questions together to create question branches.
  • Submission Options –  Create a custom thank you message to show to users, plus send a copy of each submission to the addresses you choose.
  • Customizable Look & Feel – Customize every aspect of your forms and surveys with ease.

LibWizard Complete – Quizzes

The full LibWizard tool adds two powerful components – The Quiz Wizard and the Tutorials/Assessment Wizard. This is where things get very interesting…

Need to test your students and patrons on their understanding of key research concepts? Create a Quiz, embed it in your LibGuides and voila – assessment made easy. There are a multitude of options for Quizzes – everything from timers and page controls to auto-grading functionality. The Quiz Wizard has it all – it’s an easy to use tool with so many great features, including:

  • Automated Grading – Designate the correct answer for each question in your quiz, and the system will automatically grade each new entry. We’ll even email you the results!
  • Self Grading for Instant Feedback – Display quiz results when a user finishes a quiz, so they know at a glance how they did.
  • Require correct answer – Force quiz-takers to answer questions correctly, and add custom help text when wrong answers are entered to help folks get to the right solution.
  • Timers and Page Controls – Set a time limit requirement for finishing the quiz, and control access to the back button.
  • Advanced Reporting – Highlight correct and incorrect answers, customize the columns that display, filter the results, and drill down to individual quiz submissions.

LibWizard Complete – Tutorials & Assessments

And then there’s the Tutorials/Assessments Wizard! Create interactive tutorials to show patrons how to use library’s tools and library’s services, and embed them directly at point of need. Create assessment modules to complement the instruction taught via LibGuides – automatically embed any LibGuide, and turn it into an Assessment – questions on the left, content on the right – just like the screenshot below.

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We could go on and on about how awesome this new tool is for all your tutorials/assessments/surveys/forms needs, but don’t take our word for it – check out this brief teaser video (ok, ok, it’s us who created the video, too, but it’s pretty cool and it will give you a very good idea of the usefulness of LibWizard, so do check it out).

And of course, we saved the best for last – a very “meta” demo straight out of Springy Labs. We created a pretty slick Interactive Tutorial which showcases the features and the potential of LibWizard, and the tutorial itself is created in – you guessed it – LibWizard. Mind. Blown! 😉

Interactive LibWizard Tutorial

As always, this wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing input, ideas, and suggestions from our clients so thank you all very much. LibWizard is a perfect complementary tool to LibGuides – the possibilities are truly endless so do drop us a note asap at sales@springshare.com or contact your favorite Springy and get started on LibWizard.

 

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

 

Come See Your Springy Pals at ALA MW!

Had enough eggnog for a while? Well, don’t let the parties stop after the new year! Your Springy Pals will be at ALA Midwinter this year, at booth 922. Check out our mobile conference site, made with the new mSite builder, on your smart phones! This way, you’ll always have Springy right in your pocket, literally.

What do we have to show you? Good stuff, of course!

We’ll be doing flash presentations on some of our newest and coolest things, like:

  • Discussion Boards in LibGuides CMS!
  • The new mSite Builder- make app-like sites quickly and easily!
  • LibCal’s been working out, and it looks great!
  • LibInsight’s still the best way to organize and analyze all the data you’ve got- we’ll show off our new LibInsight Lite, too.
  • The conversation starts here- with your patrons! Attend the LibChat Flash and learn about our Real-Time Reference tool with 24/7 Backup!
  • Meet LibWizard, your new best friend for gathering responses, making tutorials, and all sorts of neat stuff!

Meet us at booth 922 for 15-minute Flash Presentations! Check in at our booth!

Friday:

  • 6:00-6:15: LibGuides: Latest Updates
  • 6:25-6:40: LibInsight: Big Data

Saturday:

  • 9:30: LibGuides: Latest Updates
  • 10:30: Migrating to LibGuides v2: Q&A
  • 11:30: LibInsight: Big Data
  • 12:30: LibWizard: Quizzes, Surveys, Tutorials & More!
  • 1:30: LibChat: New Look & Feel: Real-Time Reference with 24/7 Backup
  • 2:30: Migrating to LibGuides v2: Q&A
  • 3:30: LibCal’s New Look & Feel

Sunday:

  • 9:30: LibCal’s New Look & Feel
  • 10:30: Migrating to LibGuides v2: Q&A
  • 11:30: LibChat: New Look & Feel: Real-Time Reference with 24/7 Backup
  • 12:30: LibGuides: Latest Updates
  • 1:30: LibWizard: Quizzes, Surveys, Tutorials & More!
  • 2:30: Migrating to LibGuides v2: Q&A
  • 3:30: LibInsight: Big Data

Monday:

  • 9:30: LibWizard: Quizzes, Surveys, Tutorials & More!
  • 10:30: Migrating to LibGuides v2: Q&A
  • 11:30: LibCal’s New Look & Feel
  • 12:30: LibChat: New Look & Feel: Real-Time Reference with 24/7 Backup

Update your Profile Pic!

Nothing says “your friendly neighborhood librarian” like a friendly profile photo. Need to update yours? We have you covered! Stop by our booth at the following times to have a quality headshot taken. We’ll email it to you after the conference. 🙂

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Get a headshot at ALA MW, booth 922!

 

  • Friday 6:00 – 7:00
  • Saturday, 2:30 – 4:00
  • Sunday, 9:00 – 10:00

We can’t wait to see all of you in Boston, and remember, that’s booth 922 for all the Springy goodness!

 

ALA midwinter exhibit hall map