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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 LogoLibGuides 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​LibWizard: 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 LogoLibAnswers 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 LogoLibCal: 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!

 

LibWizard 1.7.3 Update Now Live!

Hola, LibWizard fans! The LibWizard 1.7.3 update is now live, and we have lots of great improvements to share. In this update we’re happy to introduce several frequently-requested features, including email confirmations for patrons, flexible grading improvements, accessibility updates, and a whole lot more. We can’t wait to tell you about these great new features, so let’s get to it!

Patron Email Confirmation on Survey Submission

email addressThis is a great feature for folks who’d like to give their patrons a copy of form, survey, quiz or assessment results. Head to the Thank You screen, and you’ll see a new option for “Email the user the results of the quiz?”. When you use this option, patrons who fill out your survey will be presented with a free text email field at the conclusion of the survey (just before the Thank You screen), so they can email a copy of the survey results to themselves.

Grading Updates for Correct Answers

We’ve got several great updates and improvements for how “correct” answers are determined, which impact both the Quiz and Assessment modules:

  • Accept multiple Correct Answers in Free Text Fields – Let’s say you have a question where the answer is “ebooks” – how can you account for possible alternate spellings that mean the same thing, such as “E-books” or “E Books”? With this update, we’re adding a way to define multiple correct responses for any free text question. Just head to the Answer Properties for any free text question, and enter possible correct responses using a semicolon ; to separate different answers (like this: ebook; ebooks; e books; e-book). If a user enters any of the possible correct responses, the question will be marked correct.
  • Correct answers in free text fields are now case insensitive – If a correct response contains capitalization (like “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) but a patron enters a response with the wrong capitalization (like “priscilla, queen of the desert”), that response will still be marked as correct.
  • Checkbox field type can have more than one correct answer – When you create question with multiple possible correct responses, you can now identify multiple options as the “correct” response. A patron responding to the survey must get *all* answers in order to be marked as correct – if they only give 1 response out of 3 possible correct answers, their response will be marked as incorrect.

Assessment & Tutorial Updates

  • Improvements for frame-breaking URLs – Thanks to your feedback, we’ve discovered that there are some websites out there that don’t play well with iframes. Previously, if you embedded one of these sites in LibWizard, it could “bust” out of the frame – instead of loading and remaining within the LibWizard tutorial, these rogue URLs could escape the tutorial and take over the page. These sites are great candidates for using an Embedded Tutorial (where your LibWizard content is embedded in another website, instead of the other way around), but we wanted to try to wrangle these sites to stay within the LibWizard frame. With this update, we’re introducing several improvements to do just that, so the sites you embed in LibWizard should stay within the LibWizard frame.
  • Collect Responses for Embedded Tutorials – Previously, Embedded Tutorials (aka the tutorials that are embedded in a 3rd party website) didn’t offer a way to collect patron responses, so there wasn’t a way to know whether patrons were using these tutorials. Now, when a patron takes an embedded tutorial, their responses are submitted to LibWizard for further analysis, which gives you a wealth of information about how these tutorials are being used in the wild.

Cross-Module Updates

  • Text Block field type can be hidden / revealed – Just like all the other field types, if your form/survey/quiz/assessment contains a text block, that text block can now be hidden & revealed using rules. This is a great way to provide targeted information to users based on responses to individual answers – for example, if you have a question that asks if a patron knows about your Interlibrary Loan service and they reply “no”, you can then reveal a text block chock full of information about your service!
  • Graceful Account Deletion – If an admin deletes an account, they’re prompted to assign all existing Surveys, Forms, etc., to another user in the system. This helps retain surveys and patron responses after librarians leave your institution.
  • Accessibility Updates – We’ve updated LibWizard’s aria tags and labels to improve the viewing experience for folks using assistive devices.

Bug Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where answers in radio & checkbox fields that contain quotation marks weren’t submitted properly. Now these responses are submitted just fine.
  • The image manager found in system-wide settings had an issue with inserting the correct image URL – now URLs are inserted correctly.
  • We removed a hardcoded field width for Numeric Fields – now the width is customizable in the same way that all fields are customizable.
  • Disable ENTER key from triggering nav buttons – Previously if a user hit the enter key, no matter where the cursor was located, the previous/next button would be triggered. We’ve fixed this.
  • Any widgets displayed for forms/surveys/quizzes/assessments are now protocol neutral, and should work by default in either an http or https environment. This makes it much easier to embed widgets in other websites.

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!