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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.

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

 

SpringyCamp, Nov 18th-20th: Registration Now Open!

SpringyCamp: R2V2 Redesigning & Reimagining with v2 Tools

SpringyCamp

Program Information:

Dates: November 18 – 20, 2015
Times vary by day; all times are U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Cost: Completely, 100% free

Audience: Exclusive Event for Springshare Customers!

This is our biggest SpringyCamp yet! We even have a pre-conference for our advanced techie users (prior knowledge of CSS & Bootstrap a must). Register for all or just some of the events – you pick and choose which days work for you! And don’t forget to bring your virtual s’mores because this is gonna be a campfire you won’t want to miss.

SpringyCamp works best if we all work together: We do have a limited number of seats, so be kind and computer-pool with your colleagues. If several folks at your library want to attend and you’re going to participate via a single computer, just register once. This way even more folks can attend, making SpringyCamp a truly global event! 🙂

SpringyCamp Website


Tech Time with Springy Tools Pre-Conference

When: Wednesday, Nov 18th: 1:00pm – 3:15pm U.S. Eastern Time

Join us for our pre-conference to learn how to customize your LibGuides using a little bit of CSS, Bootstrap, and elbow grease! These sessions are great for people who are already familiar with using CSS and customizing the look & feel options in LibGuides. Learn more about customizing and styling your LibGuides – check out our LibGuides Admin 2 training session in advance!

Presenters:


Building Better

When: Thursday, Nov 19th: 11:30am – 3:30pm U.S. Eastern Time

Thursday is all about using Springy Tools to build a better user experience. From designing better guides to developing better services, learn how you can leverage the power of Springy Tools to engage your patrons in new ways!

Presenters:


Enhancing Collections and Library Services w/ Springy Tools

When: Friday, Nov 20th: 11:30am – 2:30pm U.S. Eastern Time

Friday’s sessions explore how Springy Tools can help you provide amazing service to your patrons. From improving communication to promoting collaboration to sharing collections. Find out how you can use Springy Tools to go above and beyond!

Presenters:

Watch ALA 2015 Springy Presentations By Guest Flash Presenters!

Whether you attended ALA in San Francisco, or not, you can still watch (and rewatch!) guest presenter’s Jessie Riggins (TBLC), Cathay Keough (Delaware Libraries), Aaron Dobbs (Shippensburg University), and Louise Hilton with Andrew Tadman (EBPRL) presenting on their use of Springy Tools!

Jessie Riggins

Jessie Riggins

Using LibAnswers for Statewide Ask-A-Librarian Services

Jessie Riggins – Tampa Bay Library Consortium

Jessie Riggins is the Member Services Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Jessie manages the statewide virtual reference program for the State of Florida, Ask A Librarian. The program consists of 130 public, academic, special and k-12 libraries. The live Chat and SMS service is open 84 hours a week, and offers 24/7 email.

>> Watch Now (11min 31sec)


Cathay Keough

Cathay Keough

Cathay Keough – Delaware Division of Libraries

Delaware Division of Libraries was the first consortium to use LibAnswers to power their statewide reference.
Hear from Cathay on why they made the switch and how Delaware Division of Libraries reference teams are loving LibAnswers.

>> Watch Now (11min 10sec)


Using LibGuides @ East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Louise Hilton & Andrew Tadman – LibGuides @EBPL

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

EBRPL is the largest library system in Louisiana, covering the capital city of Baton Rouge and the surrounding parish. We have nearly 350,000 card holders, 14 branches, and last year we circulated 2.5 million items. EBPL has 135 active LibGuides and last year they received nearly 150,000 LibGuide views. The largest LibGuide successes have been using them as ‘how to guides’ for Overdrive, and as a focal point for community programs such as out ‘One Book/One Community’ and for their Maker resources and programming.

>> Watch Now (7min 27sec)

 

LibAnswers: Not just for Library Answers @Shippensburg University

Aarron Dobbs – LibAnswers @Shippensburg University

Aaron Dobbs

Aaron Dobbs

Do you ever get questions about non-library topics? Ship Library sure does. They reached out to offices around campus and asked them what question they most commonly (and most easily/straightforwardly) answered. They worked out a process to gather, answer, and update the questions commonly asked across campus – and, because they’re librarians, they classified the heck out of the Q&A pairs and linked to the webpages which provide more information.

>> Watch Now (7min 14sec)

Springshare Support Model: We’re Presenting @ Computers in Libraries!

Talia Richards

Talia Richards

Putting UX Into Customer Service: The Springshare Model

When: Tuesday, April 28th from 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Where: B203

Abstract:

Talia Richards, a Springy Librarian, will be presenting on how you can use Springshare’s model for customer service in your library. Drawing inspiration from real-world examples, Richards shares practical tips, strategies, and implementation techniques that illustrate ways in which libraries can better integrate the user experience into their customer service model.

She discusses best practices that have been extracted through successful interactions as well as those that resulted in giant fails. From email and phone calls to Twitter and Facebook, she provides actionable strategies that focus on the customer, customer experience, and a successful outcome for all.

CIL Conference Abstract

Computers in Libraries Logo

 


Catch a Preview!

 

Putting UX into Customer Service

Putting UX into Customer Service

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.

Monica Video Screenshot

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Catch a Springshare Sighting!

ACRL Flash Sticker 2015

 

Rarer than glimpse of Bigfoot. Scarcer than a Sasquatch sighting. Less common than a… okay, we might be exaggerating just a tad. Springshare’s heading to Portland, home to the mythical hairy beast, for the ACRL Annual Conference (March 25th – 27th) and we’re performing flash presentations on your favorite Springy Tools: LibGuides CMS, LibAnswers, and LibCal. You won’t want to miss a Springshare Flash sighting at Booth #572!

LibGuides CMS

LibAnswers

LibCal

Wednesday, March 25th:

Thursday, March 26th:

Friday, March 27th:

Wednesday, March 25th:

Thursday, March 26th:

Friday, March 27th:

Thursday, March 26th:

Friday, March 27th:

Even cooler, we’ve tagged in two Springy Superstars to present at the Springshare Booth (#572). Stop by and watch Emilie’s Teaching from LibGuides and Monica’s Using LibGuides & LibSurveys for Conference Planning.

Emilie VrbancicEmilie Vrbancic

Teaching from LibGuides: Quick Tips for Interactive Learning

Monica Ruane RogersMonica Ruane Rogers

Using LibGuides & LibSurveys in Conference Planning

We’re even opening up the floor to you, with our Open Mic Night, Thursday 26th @10amGot something cool to showcase? Something fabulous to flourish? Something unbelievable to unveil? Okay, we’re getting a smidge excited again, but you get the idea. Swing by during Open Mic Night and flash your SpringyNess.

We hope to see you at ACRL in Portland and check-out all the other conferences we’ll be attending this year.

 

 

LibGuides Sneak Peek Webinars

LibGuides iconWe’re super excited – the LibGuides sneak peek webinars start this week! 😀

We’re offering sessions for our customers a couple of times a week over the next few weeks, and yes, for those of you outside of a reasonable time zone for attending, we will be recording them. (The recordings should be available by the end of next week. Keep an eye on the “Springy News” box on your LibGuides Dashboard for more info on that, when it happens.)

So, GO! Sign up! Get all sorts of excited with us as we give you a whirlwind tour of the system.

As you register, please keep in mind that there are a lot of folks out there who would like to attend. For that reason, we’re asking a couple of favors:

  • Only register for one of the dates.
    If you register for one and realize that you can’t make it, feel free to register for a separate date and then let us know which date you’d like to cancel.
  • Share with your colleagues – have a LibGuides Sneak Peek watching party! One person registers for your institution (or your library within your institution), many benefit. (Especially with the party part of it! 😉 )

TIP: Click “Show in My Time Zone” before you choose a date from the list! If you don’t, it will default to the first available session in the list, so make sure you double check that you chose the right session. 🙂

 See you there…we can’t wait!