For some time now, we’ve thought that the Springshare blog was in need of a facelift in its design and features. Springy tools have grown in leaps and bounds, and it’s about time our blog did, too!
And today, we’re super, super excited to announce that a brand new look and feel for the Springshare blog is on its way. We’re calling it The Springy Share: Keeping up with all things Springshare. It’ll include:
A clean, content-forward design for easy reading and browsing on all screen sizes
A better way to find Springshare blog posts and filter search results
A newsroom area for our “official” announcements via press releases
A new sign up form to subscribe to our latest blog posts and all Springshare-related emails
Currently subscribing? Keep reading to learn more about a change to our notification emails. TL;DR there’s nothing you need to do!
We’re putting the finishing touches on the redesign, and *fingers crossed* you should see the face of the new blog by the end of next week (July 30th)! We’ll be making the transition during off-hours U.S. Eastern Time to minimize the chance that you’ll run into any issues. And don’t worry – our blog archive dating back to 2007 will still be here after the site redesign, so you don’t have to do any panic reading. 😉
A new way to subscribe to the Springshare Blog
With this new look, we also took the opportunity to improve the emails our blog readers receive with our newest posts. To that end, we’re moving the blog subscription list to Mailchimp, the same platform we use for our training and SpringyNews newsletters and promotional emails. To our subscribers: there’s nothing you need to do! We will be exporting all existing email addresses and importing them into Mailchimp. You’ll receive a welcome email in the next few weeks with the option to adjust your subscription options.
We love the new look of the blog and its corresponding notification emails, and we hope you will, too! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
If you hadn’t heard, SpringyU is our self-paced learning portal where you can learn all about Springshare tools in three different ways:
Blocks – short units on a particular topic. Each SpringyU Block walks you through with a video and list of tasks to set up, configure, or use different app functionality, all in under 5 minutes.
Courses – contain a group of Blocks specifically assembled to help you accomplish clear-cut goals. SpringyU Courses are the guided approach to learning how to master functionality in Springshare tools, empowering you and your team to tackle library projects with confidence.
Projects – combine SpringyU Blocks and Courses, focusing on practical use of one or more Springy Apps. Learn how to integrate apps together in innovative ways to take full advantage of Springy Apps’ capabilities.
As each institution’s onboarding process may differ, you may not need each piece of this project or subscribe to all apps used. This project is designed to highlight ways to streamline workflows using apps that you already subscribe to and take advantage of functionality internally that you might not currently be using.
Projects Available Now and Coming Soon!
If the above project sounds intriguing, be sure to check out our other project Promoting Customer Service in LibCal. This project makes use of LibWizard surveys to improve your organization’s events, appointments, space and/or equipment bookings in LibCal. Through this customer service-focused approach, you can identify offerings or services that your patrons or customers expect, discover obstacles that may inform your workflows, and get a pulse of overall satisfaction levels.
And that’s not all – we have plans for more and more projects! So keep an eye out and explore all the new new that SpringyU has for you!
It’s hard to believe 2021 is already halfway over and our July Learning Lab is right around the corner!
This month, we’re excited to host Diana Botluk, Megan Humphries, and Rachel Parks from the Barry Law Library. As a result of social distancing guidelines, the library closed its physical study rooms for much of the 2020 school year. So Diana, Megan, and Rachel set out to create a place where students could safely meet as a group. Through some trial and error, and help from Springshare, they created Virtual Study Rooms with LibCal Appointments that their students could reserve to meet online. This enabled students to continue to benefit from being able to study and work together while following guidelines and remaining safe.
Getting to chat with and hear from librarians about how they solved problems or implemented creative ideas with Springy tools is truly one of our favorite things – and we hope you can join us for this part guest speaker / part training session!