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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.

 

LibSurveys 1.6 Update Now Live

Hey Springy-land! This week we rolled out a LibSurveys update with some great new features and thoroughly squashed bugs. 🙂

System-wide Settings

Admin level users can now customize the look and feel of all of the forms and surveys in your system in a single bound! (‘Cause Admins are kinda like Superman, don’t you think? 😉 ) Check out these new options under Admin > System Settings:

  • Page Header for All Surveys – Upload a banner image / add custom text and we’ll apply this header to all forms and surveys in your system!
  • Custom JS/CSS – Want to customize the look and feel of particular form & survey elements? Now it’s easy to add custom JS and CSS that applies to all forms & surveys throughout your site, making customization that much easier!

Image Manager Integration

Want to spice up your forms & surveys with some well placed images? The LibApps Image Manager is now available in multiple locations within LibSurveys, including:

  • On the “Welcome” and “Thank You” screens – in the Rich Text Editor
  • When adding a banner for an individual survey – in the survey Look and Feel preferences
  • When uploading a banner to apply to an entire site – in the new System Settings > Page Header for All Surveys page

Additional Updates

As mentioned, we’ve also included several bug fixes in this release:

  • The Text block field type can now be hidden, and is included as part of the “rules” definitions for each survey (so they can be hidden/shown based on the rules you define).
  • We’ve fixed an issue where certain notification emails weren’t being sent on form/survey submission.
  • We’ve added flexibility when entering multiple email addresses in the notifications box.
  • We’ve (re)added the “status” option to designate a survey as public or private. You’ll find this option within each survey under Survey Options > Basic Info. This is an *internal* visibility setting & doesn’t impact the public visibility of your survey:
    • “Private” Surveys – The survey builder and reports are only visible to the survey owner and any system administrators.
    • “Public” Surveys – The survey builder and reports are visible to all LibSurveys account holders.

Head on over to LibSurveys and show us what you can do with all of this new image, CSS, and JS wonder! LibGuides CMS customers can easily jump over to their LibSurveys sites using the blue LibApps menu on the left hand side of the Command Bar when logged into LibGuides CMS or LibApps in general.

Don’t have LibGuides CMS, but interested in LibSurveys? What if I told you that LibSurveys was only one of the great features you get with LibGuides CMS? Check our our Why Upgrade to LibGuides CMS? guide and/or contact our sales team for more info!

LibSurveys Update Now Live

We’ve rolled out an update for LibSurveys, and we have lots of new features to share with you!

New Form & Survey Builder

We’re delighted to share our revamped builder, which we’ve dubbed the Form and Survey Workpad. With the previous builder, we know that managing forms and surveys that contain many questions could become unwieldy. After several trips to the drawing board, we’ve hit on an approach that we think you’ll enjoy – rather than displaying a full live preview, we’re adopting a tile approach where each question is its own tile. Check it out:

Survey Workpad

As you’ll see above, each tile represents one of the questions in your form or survey. Reordering questions is still a simple drag and drop process, but with this more compact layout, reordering loooong lists of questions becomes much more fluid. Double click on a tile to open the question pane, where you’ll find the wysiwyg question preview and settings pane.

More New Features

  • Bootstrap – We’ve updated the look and feel of forms and surveys – they’re now bootstrapped and fully responsive, so they’ll look great on any device.
  • Updated Settings – We’ve tweaked the default settings for new Forms and Surveys to provide a cleaner, more responsive layout right from the get go.
  • Welcome and Thank You screens – We’ve added rich text enabled pages for “Welcome” and “Thank You” messages, so you can add an introductory and/or closing message for your forms and surveys! Just click on the “Welcome” or “Thank You” areas in the Workpad, and you’ll see a rich text editor pop up. Add images, edit fonts, change colors, insert tables, and add any other rich text content you’d like to make a great first or last impression.
  • Multi-Column Answer Display – Radio and Checkbox field responses can now be displayed in a 1, 2, or 3-column layout. This multiple column option is great for when you have a question with lots of possible answers and want more control over how those answers display.

Spam Control

LibSurveys already includes many spam prevention features, but for those who’d like a little extra protection against the forces of spam, we’ve added an enhanced Spam Control option to the new Welcome screen. We’re not huge fans of Captcha as it makes submitting a form harder on end-users, so after some research we’ve implemented a method that makes life harder for spammers yet keeps things easy for end-users.

Here’s how it works: when you enable enhanced Spam Control, we’ll add a new, hidden text field to your LibSurvey. This field must remain blank in order to submit the form. The idea is that when spammers target forms, they generally fill out all fields that are presented (assuming that some fields may be required, etc.), but in this case, filling out this particular field will prevent the LibSurvey from being submitted. For folks accessing your LibSurvey using assistive devices, they’ll see the field presented with clear warning language indicating the field shouldn’t be filled out. End result? Spammers are denied access, and end-users can submit forms with a minimum of friction. Awesome!

 

Watch ACRL 2015 Guest Presenters, Emilie & Monica, Present on Springy Tools!

Whether you attended ACRL in Portland, or not, you can still watch (and rewatch!) guest presenter’s Emilie Vrbancic and Monica Ruane Rogers speak about their use of Springy Tools.
Emilie Vrbancic

Teaching from LibGuides: Quick Tips for Interactive Learning

Emilie Vrbancic – University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

About (11min 13sec):

Do you create course specific LibGuides for library instruction? Are you looking for ways to incorporate active and collaborative learning into instruction sessions? Let LibGuides help you! This presentation will give you ideas and tips on using LibGuides to incorporate online teaching tools like Google forms and Padlet into instruction sessions in order to engage students in active learning and to assess student learning as it’s happening.

Emilie Presentation Video Screenshot

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Using LibGuides & LibSurveys for Conference Planning

Monica Ruane Rogers – California University

About (14min 8sec):

Monica Ruane RogersAs a member of the planning committee for the State System of Higher Education Library Cooperative Organization Annual Meeting in Harrisburg, PA, I have been charged with the task of creating the registration page for our conference, as well as several pages of evaluations (one of which will be used almost solely on mobile devices). Instead of using a stand-alone forms product for which my institution would have to pay an additional fee, I chose to make both our registration page as well as the evaluations with LibSurveys, to which we already have a subscription. One of the other universities in our system was able to embed my widget into the conference website, hosted on their institution’s LibGuides, thereby allowing for a seamless registration experience for conference attendees. This presentation showcases an inter-library collaboration using an outside-the-research-box use for a LibApps product, and will stimulate you to utilize these products for creative and innovative purposes.

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LibSurveys – New Reports Options and More!

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve rolled out a stocking-stuffer-sized update for LibSurveys!

New Reports View: Data Table

We’ve overhauled the initial landing page you’ll see when you head to Form and Survey Reports.

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The new Data Table view includes a bunch of nice-to-have updates, including:

  • rpSearch & Filter – We’ve added a handy search box, so you can easily search across all form/survey responses by a keyword or phrase.
  • Customizable Views – Choose which columns of data you’d like to display in your Data Table. To edit your columns, head to the Builder for that form/survey and select Properties > Report Properties. You can display/hide any question, and even create a custom heading title for especially long questions.
  • Column Sort – Click any column heading to sort your table by that response
  • Delete Responses – Need to delete a test response? Just click the trashcan icon and poof, it’s outta there!
  • Edit Responses – Need to edit a response? Click the eye icon to jump to an editing view for any form/survey responses!
    • Cool Use: Set up internal tracking questions to categorize individual form/survey responses! Just create a question in your form/survey and set its Display Property to “hidden”, then collect responses from your patrons as you normally would. As each response arrives, click the edit (eye) icon to edit this hidden question.
  • privacyreportingData Collection Controls – This feature is for folks who want to ensure patron privacy in form/survey responses. Head to the form/survey builder and choose Options > Reporting to control passive data collection (including IP address, browser version data, and page referring url) for each form/survey response.

New Look and Feel Options

  • New Bootstrap Style Template: Set your form/survey to a Bootstrap-based template! Head to the form/survey builder and choose Options > Look and Feel > Template to switch between Basic and Template display.
  • New CSS Classes: We’ve added new CSS classes to make it easier to customize the look and feel of questions in any form/survey. Here’s a quickie list of the new classes:
    Field class name
    Text Field field-type-text
    Numeric Field field-type-numeric
    Date Field field-type-date
    TextboxField field-type-textbox
    Dropdown Field field-type-dropdown
    Radio Field field-type-radio
    Checkbox Field field-type-checkbox
    Rating field-type-rating
    Text Block field-type-text-block
    Line Separator field-type-line
    Spacer field-type-spacer
    Page Header field-type-header

LibSurveys – New Kid on the Block

Hello LibraryLand!

Springshare’s got a new form/survey builder on the block and it’s a lean, mean, data-gathering machine!

LibSurveys is the next iteration of our original ‘Surveys and Forms’ module in LibGuides v1 CMS. We added so many new features, revamped the user interface, made an awesome reporting tool and… voila – LibSurveys was born.

What are some of the features of LibSurveys?

  • Field Types Galore – Create surveys/forms using text, numeric, date, radio, check-box, rating, grid field types, and more.
  • Display Options – Add pagination for longer surveys, text blocks for instructions, line separators to group ‘like’ questions together, and even white space to add visual space. These display options can help to improve survey submissions!
  • Conditional Logic – Setup complex surveys that allow you to hide and reveal specific questions based on answers that a patron provides. If they answer X, then show Y. Logic rules allows you to gather specific answers based upon a users’ response. For example, if you wanted to collect feedback on your past library events but only if that person has attended an event.
  • Drag & Drop Interface – Select the elements you want to display and drag & drop them into your Survey Builder. It really is that easy!
  • Survey Visibility – Add date-range limiters, password protection, and even a visibility status to control when and who submits survey responses.
  • Customizable Look & Feel – Customize form size by defining width & height, how field labels display, custom CSS to change colors, and more.
  • Submission Options –  What happens after the patron submits their survey? Create a custom success message or route them to a specific URL.
  • Notifications – Send a copy of each survey submission to the email address(es) you define!
  • Share & Embed – Share a direct URL, embed it directly into your v2 LibGuides using the integrated Survey content type, or embed it onto any other webpage using LibSurveys widgets! Our widget code is designed to work on both http:// and https:// pages, so whether it’s a public webpage or secure Learning Management System (LMS), we’ve got you covered!
  • J’adore Reports – Gathering survey submissions is pointless without a robust reporting tool. View the overall Data Grid, drill down to specific responses with Field Analysis, and even compare fields using the Cross Tabs Report.
LibSurveys field types

LibSurveys Field Types

 

Can I Subscribe to LibSurveys?

Yes! LibSurveys is a standalone product and you can subscribe to it alongside any of our other Springy Suite of Tools. Email us today for a trial and pricing: sales@springshare.com.

I Subscribe to LibGuides CMS – Do I get LibSurveys with my Subscription?

Yes! You’ll get LibSurveys as part of your subscription to LibGuides CMS, the platinum package of LibGuides. In LibGuides CMS v1 you had access to the ‘Surveys and Forms’ module. We are replacing this module with this LibSurveys product so all LibGuides CMS v2 clients have access to LibSurveys as part of their CMS license.

We even have a dedicated help guide just for you! Login to your LibGuides v2 site and click HELP from the command menu. On the help site, select LibSurveys help guide and voila! You’ll learn everything there is to learn including importing your LibGuides account holders into LibSurveys.

If you’re not subscribing to LibGuides CMS and you’re interested in adding LibSurveys to your Springshare subscription, we strongly recommend that you check-out the LibGuides CMS package. The CMS package bundles LibSurveys with other amazing LibGuides CMS features such as Group functionality, Access Rules, Publishing Workflows, and more. Check out all the amazing LibGuides CMS features.

I’m Using LibGuides v1 – can I use LibSurveys?

Unfortunately, No. 🙁 LibSurveys is built on our v2 platform so it is fully integrated with v2 LibApps. So, you’ll need to update to LibGuides v2 to use LibSurveys.

Do You have LibSurveys Training?

Yes! Sign-up below:

The Future of LibSurveys – LibSurveys Plus

This initial rollout of LibSurveys is just the tip of the Springy iceberg. In the next few months we are going to offer a paid upgrade called LibSurveys Plus. You’ll be able to create quizzes and tests, embed them in LibGuides v2 (or elsewhere), grade responses, and track learning. We’re talking assessment here folks, and it’s going to be grand!

To sum it up – LibSurveys contains the Survey/Form builder functionality, and it’s a free product for all LibGuides v2 CMS clients. If you’re not subscribing to LibGuides CMS, you can purchase LibSurveys separately or upgrade to LibGuides v2 CMS and get LibSurveys in the CMS bundle. LibSurveys Plus is an upcoming paid product which adds the quizzes and assessment functionality to LibSurveys.