Archive for September 18, 2014

Sign up for a LibCal v2 Beta Site!

We’re happy to announce that LibCal site admins can now request a LibCal v2 beta site via your Libcal v1 Admin dashboard!


Inspired by the same ideas that made LibGuides and LibAnswers v2 possible, we’ve redesigned LibCal from the ground up. We’ll give you the quick breakdown of all the new features below, but trust us – the new system really has to be seen to be believed!

A few quick notes about the beta site request process:

  • Your beta site will be a “blank slate” (meaning no content in it) so you can get familiar with the system and start planning your content transition.
  • Your previous site customizations will not translate to the new site framework. You’ll need to start fresh (and thanks to the new template and customization options, this will be a whole lot easier!)
  • Once you click Submit Beta Request, we’ll do our best to install your beta site within 30 days of the original request.

But enough with the small talk – on to the v2 features!

Room Booking Made Easy

  • Authentication Support – New for v2, we’re excited to introduce user authentication support for room booking sign-ups. Powered by LDAP and Shibboleth (CAS coming soon), users are prompted for their campus/institution credentials during the room booking sign-up process. We’ll verify the user’s credentials are real – if they are, we’ll pull key pieces of information (like their name, email address, etc.) into the room booking form. Better security + better user experience = what’s not to love?!
  • Calendar Event Integration – Calendar events and room bookings are a whole lot more integrated! When you add a new event, the “event location” field is now tied directly to the spaces you create in the Room Booking module. Choose a location, and we’ll check to make sure it’s available – and if it is, we’ll add a room reservation on behalf of the event, so no one else can book it down the road. 🙂
  • Repeating Room Bookings – Need to reserve a space based on a repeating schedule? We’ve added the option for admins to reserve a room/space with just a couple of clicks!

Oh Scheduler, MyScheduler

  • Redesigned Scheduler Page – We’re introducing an all new way for patrons to book time with your librarians. Our all new combined MyScheduler display begins by prompting a patron for their ideal meeting time. We’ll scan MyScheduler availability for all of your librarians and match them up with a librarian available during the time they select.
  • New Registration Form Fields – We’ve added a bevy of new form options to the MyScheduler sign-up form. Prompt users for additional identifying information, their research and appointment goals, etc. using our new radio, select, and checkbox options.
  • New In-Page Widgets – Embed any librarian’s MyScheduler availability directly in-page, with our new and improved widget options.

Calendars and Events

  • Automated Email Reminders – Create automated emails to send to event registrants before and/or after any event! This makes it super simple to send out a reminder to all registered attendees before an event, send out a feedback survey after an event, etc.
  • Get Social! – Publicize your events using our integrated Facebook and Twitter options.
  • Color Code it! – Assign a color to event categories, and all events assigned to that category adopt the color you choose.
  • Late Night? Alright! – For all you night-owls out there, we’ve made it easy to create events that go past midnight.
  • Event Registration Updates – including:
    • Prevent duplicate emails from registering for the same event
    • Open Event Registrations on the date you choose
    • Limit Registrations by domain, per calendar (previously available system-wide)
    • Email Notifications for instructors/presenters, etc. when a user registers for an event (optional).

Improved Look and Feel Options

  • New Look and Feel – Responsive Design that’s beautiful from the get go – thanks to Bootstrap 3, there are no longer separate “mobile” versus “desktop” views of your calendars, events, etc. Your site adjusts to render beautifully on any device!
  • Simplified Site Customization – Customize your LibCal pages with our brand new templating engine – we’ve made it super simple to display your pages exactly as you’d like to see them!

Plus a bevy of frequently requested features:

  • Expanded Statistics, including:
    • Improved integrations between calendar statistics and the event explorer
    • Added “User Showed Up” to statistics and booking explorer
    • Room Booking Statistics now include Hourly and Daily stats
    • Added Excel Export option for all stats, and retooled the stat filtering options so you can grab exactly the fields you’re interested in
  • Hours Templates now include a free-text entry field.
  • Revamped Email Templates – our new mustache-based email options make custom emails a snap!

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:

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.