Archive for LibAnswers

Ideas for Re-enaging Patrons in LibAnswers

If you’ve been using LibAnswers for awhile, you might be looking for fun and new ways to reinvigorate and boost usage of your various LibAnswers services.It happens to all of us, we get into a groove and then coast along.

But, if you’re noticing your stats are staying consistently steady, or flatter than Wile E. Coyote after using a catapult (this pun brought to you by Springy Greg! 🙂 ), it might be time to consider implementing some of these tips to turn that plateaued bar chart into a steep spike!

Reimagining LibAnswers FAQs

In case you missed it, SpringyCamp – Springshare’s virtual user conference, occurred on July 31, 2019. Among the amazing lineup of presenters (all of which you can watch here), was a presentation by Mikki Smith from the Corning Museum of Glass on Reimagining LibAnswers FAQs.

Bit of Background

The Corning Museum of Glass has been using LibAnswers since 2014 and created most of their public FAQs from an old database of FAQs from a previous system. Many of the FAQs included attached .doc bibliographics.

Around 2016, they became a bit more selective about which questions should turn into public FAQs, but did not retroactively apply that criteria to existing FAQs.

In 2017, they began to add images to existing FAQs and to use FAQs to highlight exhibitions.

Then, in 2018, looking at data from Google Analytics, they decided to reimagine FAQs as a mobile-friendly experience. Why? Because they noticed that a large percentage of their visitors were from mobile-devices. Thankfully, LibAnswers comes mobile-first right out of the box. But with some small tweaks to their FAQ content, they were able to make their FAQs more user-friendly, more mobile-friendly, and saw their usage stats increase.

Corning Museum of Glass FAQ – On Desktop

Starting with 1,300 FAQs to revise, it was a big project to undertake. Here’s some of the tips from Mikki’s presentation on reimagining their FAQs as an up-to-date visually appealing set of questions:

Same FAQ – On Mobile

  • Visuals – The Corning Museum of Glass has gorgeous objects on display. They make full use of that by embedding images into their FAQs to enrich the user-experience.
  • Improving the Metadata – Improving the FAQ metadata (FAQ title, answer, keywords, topics) helps to improve the SEO and findability of their FAQs. From their Google Analytics data, they found that 80% of their FAQ-traffic came as the result of a Google Search. Meaning that most users weren’t starting at the Library website. They started at Google and then found one of the FAQs because of a Google search on their topic of interest.
  • Actively Linking to Content – The Library and Museum have a ton of content to share with users. Don’t reinvent that content in your FAQs. Link to it in your FAQs to improve SEO and reduce duplication of content and efforts. Mikki and the team try and have at least one link out to existing Library and Museum content on each FAQ so it’s more of an experience and an opportunity to explore.
  • Rich Digital Content – The Library & Museum have videos on their YouTube page. By embedding them in their FAQs, they’re actively promoting their digital content and improving the experience for the patron.
  • Establish a Workflow – Create a workflow to ensure FAQs are updated. Mikki’s team divided the FAQs so each librarian has a dedicated number to review each month.
  • Promote on Social – Proactively promote your FAQs on social media to improve findability and increase your digital outreach.
  • Highlight Exhibitions – Whether or not your library has exhibitions, you might do custom displays for books (i.e. Poetry Month) or a promotion of archives, or an event. Consider creating a LibGuide on that exhibition, event, or display and then embed FAQs right onto it. Corning Museum of Glass did this with their New Glass Now Exhibition LibGuide and then added a tab to their LibAnswers homepage to highlight those FAQs there too.

Highlighting Exhibition, Display, or Event FAQs right on your LibAnswers Homepage

 

Launching Proactive LibChat

If you’ve been offering virtual chat reference services for awhile now, your users might be accustomed to the service and your usage stats are steady, but not increasing.

If you’re looking for a way to increase usage stats of your LibChat reference service, without launching a whole new advertising campaign, consider implementing Proactive LibChat. Proactive LibChat simply turns your LibChat widget into a proactive one – popping out after a customizable period of time asking the user if they need help.

So, instead of waiting for them to ask for help, you can offer help first. Enabling Proactive LibChat is as easy clicking a check-box on your LibChat Widget Builder. We outline how to setup Proactive chat on this blog post.

Institutions that have enabled proactive LibChat saw varying increases in usage from 230% (CSU – Dominguez Hills) to 600% (University of San Diego’s Copley Library). While we can’t promise how your specific demographic will respond, recent research articles written by Michael Epstein from the University of San Diego’s Copley Library and another from Lydia Pyburn from The University of Texas at Arlington Library indicate that the answer is yes!

Upcoming Webinars – Guest Speakers

If you’d like to learn more about LibAnswers Proactive Chat, we have two upcoming guest speaker sessions from real libraries using Proactive LibChat. Sign-up below:

Optimized Session

If you’re in the European Union and you’d like to learn more about LibAnswers and proactive LibChat, we have an optimized time for you!

Letters From SpringyCamp – Recordings Available!

‘Camp might be over, but the memories (like the smell of s’mores) live on!

In case you missed it, our annual SpringyCamp virtual conference took place on July 31, 2019. SpringyCamp is Springshare’s virtual user conference giving you, our Springy rawkstars, a platform to showcase all the amazing stuff you’re doing with Springshare tools.

Since its inception in 2012, SpringyCamp is our most fun – and dare we say – exciting events. In fact, we look forward to it all year long down at Springy HQ. Why? Because we get to watch you! We get to learn from…you. The change agents, the harbingers of innovation, the cutting-edge pioneers… you teach not only other Springy users, but you teach us as well. And at the end of every SpringyCamp, all you hear down at our virtual water-cooler is – “well that was amazing!”, “did you see how they did that thing?”, “oh wow, I had no idea you could that with LibGuides!”. We’re as giddy as a kitten in front of a fresh scratching post.

If you didn’t get to experience SpringyCamp live, and you want to join us in the giddy-circle… well you’re in luck! All SpringyCamp recordings, along with presenter notes/slides are available. So if have 20minutes or a couple of hours – pull up your bag of marshmallows and get your sticks ready, cause you’re about to have a sm’roaring good-time!

One last thing, during ‘Camp, we asked guest speakers and SpringyCamp counselors to share the books and shows they’re binging on. So check-out the Books and Movies to Write Home About and if all this talk of s’mores has you craving some gooeyness, we have a S’mores recipe with your name on it!

SpringyCamp Presentations

Tessa Withorn California State University Dominquez HillsTessa Withorn, California State University Dominguez Hills Library

You Shall Pass: Designing Engaging, Student-Center LibWizard Tutorials

Learn how one librarian designed and pitched a course-integrated tutorial for a fully online undergraduate nursing course to introduce evidence-based practice. Tessa will discuss her process of integrating open education resources, animated videos, infographics, and hands on searching to engage students in a discipline-specific research process.



Ellen Filgo, Baylor UniversityEllen Filgo, Baylor University Library

Assessing Research Consultations: Surveying a ‘Captive’ Audience

When the Baylor University Research and Engagement Librarians moved off the reference desk in 2013, they ramped up their research consultation program, using LibCal’s appointment scheduler as a convenient way for students to book appointments with the librarians. In 2017, they came to the realization that there was an untapped opportunity for assessing their program, through LibCal’s automatic email system, which sends a follow-up email to each person making an appointment.


Evan Barber, University of Illinois SpringfieldEvan Barber, University of Illinois Springfield Library

Oh, the Things You’ll Curate: Using LibGuides and LibWizard to Promote Collections and Track Success

Spreading the word about a new collection can be hard and tracking the success of social media posts and events can be even harder. This session will cover how to use LibGuides as a collection curation platform, leverage LibWizard to keep track of suggestions and checkout agreements, and using the reports built into those products to identify if events and social media posts are successful.


Catie Carlson & Luann Edwards, Tiffin UniversityCatie Carlson & Luann Edwards, Tiffin University Library

Using LibCal to Create Consistent Instruction

With nearly half their student population online, it made sense to have a librarian dedicated to online services. They created a touchpoint for online students and a contact in online course development similar to the campus processes. This presentation will walk through how Catie Carlson and Luann Edwards leveraged LibCal to offer similar library learning opportunities and interactions to the entire whole university.


Mikki Smith, Corning Museum of GlassMikki Smith, Corning Museum of Glass

From Answer to Experience: LibAnswers FAQs Transformed

In 2018, the Library’s Public Services Team formalized a plan to re-imagine the pool of several hundred static, redundant, and sometimes out-of-date published FAQs to function as a mobile-friendly, visually appealing introduction to Library and Museum resources. The project has so far raised the profile of the library within the organization and allowed them to strengthen collaborative relationships with other departments as they update the information they provide and the ways in which they provide it.


Bonnie Lafazan & Jessica Kiebler, Berkeley College LibraryBonnie Lafazan & Jessica Kiebler, Berkeley College Library

Using LibInsight to Reshape How We Assess our Marketing & Outreach Efforts

In order to measure the library’s positive impact on the college community, Berkeley College Library’s Outreach & Marketing Committee designed an assessment workflow using a LibInsight form, which allowed them to effectively assess and analyze programming ad outreach efforts, which are aligned to the institutional goals and the library’s operational goals.


Zoe Rath, Berklee College of MusicZoë Rath, Berklee College of Music Library

Moving Beyond Subject-Focused LibGuides

Zoë showcases the unique ways that they used LibGuides to promote library displays, library and campus events, faculty class guides, and even a conference. They partnered with the archives department and created a portal back-in-time to showcase historic black & white photographs celebrating Woodstock’s 50th anniversary using the LibGuides blog functionality.

Congratulations to our Survey Winners

This year, we gave away a free pair of ‘Camp socks and our limited edition Springy tote-bag to three lucky Campers… who completed the feedback survey!
Congratulations to Laura Dumuhosky, Jeanette Hatcher, and Jennifer Walz! Enjoy your ‘Camp socks!

Code Release: New LibCal, LibGuides, LibAuth, LibInsight, LibWizard, LibAnswers, and LibCRM features coming your way!

We’re not sure how this happened so quickly, but it’s already August! Many of our customers are in “back to school” mode, finishing up projects and getting everything ready for the new school year. That means here in Springy-land our support and training teams are sprinting to help all of you with everything you need to start the new school year right (and just start August on the right foot, if you’re not one of those getting ready for a new school year)! What better way to start August than with a bunch of new features? …maybe by having some ice cream while reading all about them? Mmmmmm….

These releases are on their way to you next week, and will be live in all regions by the end of the day on Friday, August 9.

Read about: LibCal | LibGuides & LibAuth | LibInsight | LibWizard | LibStaffer | LibAnswers | LibCRM

LibCal

We’ve been busy working to bring you the following LibCal features and fixes across every module in the system!

Billing

  • Record a payment note when cancelling/refunding an in-person payment. The payment note recorded when the cancellation is made will show in the payment details modal for an event registration or equipment/space reservation.
  • Override the cost of a booking on the admin side during the equipment/space booking process. Head to Equipment or Spaces from the main menu and make a booking in a billable equipment or space category to access the new cost override field.
  • ‘Status’ and ‘Payments’ columns are now part of the Event Explorer CSV export if the event is billable. Go to Calendars > Event Explorer for a calendar that has a billable event. After searching in the Event Explorer, click the ‘Export Data’ button to see these two fields in the CSV output.

Appointments

Features
  • By popular request, we have started to add more granular user permissions to LibCal! There is now an account level permission to restrict Regular users to only be able to run the Appointments booking explorer for themselves and no other users.  Head to Admin > Accounts > Edit Account > Permissions Tab to change this setting.
  • Also by popular demand, since we recently added cancellation information to the Spaces booking explorer, we’ve added it to the Appointments booking explorer as well! Head to Appointments > Booking Explorer to view who cancelled an appointment and the date and time of the cancellation.
  • The appointment cancellation process now allows additional notes to be sent in the email that the patron receives when an appointment is canceled on the back end of the system. Head to Appointments > My Appointments to cancel a booking and send additional notes in the ‘Admin Cancel Email to Patron’ template. (NOTE: The {{{ADDITIONAL_INFORMATION}}} token must be present in the ‘Admin Cancel Email to Patron’ template for this field to appear in the email.)
  • New email template: ‘Rescheduled Email to Patron’. Previously if an appointment was rescheduled, the system would send the confirmation email to the patron, without specific information that it was a rescheduled appointment. This new template improves communication with patrons by specifically stating the appointment is a rescheduled one. Head to Appointments > My Settings to configure this new email template.
  • When making an appointment booking on the admin side of the system where you are choosing a specific group, the categories dropdown now shows the categories in two distinct sections: ‘Supported Categories’ (the categories that apply to the selected group) and ‘Other Categories In The System’. Head to Appointments > My Appointments and make an appointment booking, selecting a group, to see this in action.
  • The ‘Directions’ field will no longer show on the public appointments confirmation booking page if no directions exist or pertain to availability set for an appointments user. Previously, the field descriptor would show but there was no information after it.
Fixes
  • We’ve corrected an issue with the Appointments email template previews where any HTML inside the template would display as code in the preview.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where the public Appointments booking page would show availability (although it could not actually be booked) on a day when there is none available for a group using the ‘Show Group Nickname’ option.

Events

Features
  • We’ve added a new system generated email to notify event owners when a patron cancels an event registration.
  • Events that require registrations have new options for when registrations close: 15, 30 and 45 minutes before the event. Head to a Calendar that has an event requiring registration (add a new one) to see these new options.
  • We’ve improved the end date selection field when creating an event to automatically default to the start date selected for a recurring event. Previously, the end date would default to the current date. Head to a Calendar and set up a recurring event in the future to see the new end date default selection.
  • After saving or publishing an event using the Publishing Workflow, you’ll now return right back to the Publishing Workflow page instead of the calendar.
  • When viewing Event registrations, the ‘View User History’ modal now has a column displaying the date of the event in addition to the registration date that previously displayed in this modal. Head to a Calendar, choose an event that requires registration, then click ‘Manage Event’. Click the ‘View User History’ icon for any of the event registration records to see this additional field.
  • Phone numbers and barcodes (if applicable) now display in the Event Explorer and its related data export. Go to Calendars > Event Explorer and search for an event where the registration form includes phone number and/or barcode. When clicking the ‘Show’ button on the event record that is returned, the phone number and barcode fields display. Click the ‘Export Data’ button to see these new fields in the CSV output.
  • The Event Explorer now has an option to include the event description when using the ‘Search’ field. Without this new option selected, the ‘Search’ field will only search for events based on the event title. Head to Calendars > Event Explorer to see and use this new option.
  • We’ve added missing language keys for the public events calendar for when multiple calendars are selected as well as the the filter options for the number of selected filters and the “Filter by Type” verbiage. Head to Admin > System Settings > Language Options > Custom Language > Events Pages to configure these new language keys.
Fixes
  • We’ve corrected an issue where editing the ‘registration close’ value for an event series would reset the start and end time of individual events that differed from the original event series start and end time.
  • We’ve fixed an issue with the full calendar widget where the ‘Audience’ list did not appear when selecting filters to hide.  Head to Calendars > Widgets, then select the ‘Full Calendar’ widget where you will now be able to hide specific audience filters.
  • When a patron cancels an event registration, they will see the relevant event details on the public cancellation confirmation page for confirmation.
  • On the public event card view, locations with commas now properly display.
  • We’ve resolved an issue with cancelling event registrants from an event series where the patron was not registered for all events in the series. Previously, when trying to cancel a registration in this scenario, an error would appear not allowing the registration record to be deleted.
  • If an event’s booking form has phone number included, the waitlist will now sort initially by registration date/time instead of the phone number column. Head to a Calendar and choose an event that has phone number included in its booking form and waitlist records exist to see the corrected default sort.
  • The Upcoming Events widget now properly processes the max number of events value.
  • We’ve fixed the calendar color options selected for the admin view of a calendar. Previously, the colors selected did not apply to the calendar. Had to a Calendar, click on the ‘Settings’ drop-down and select ‘Color Options’ to set the colors for the calendar.
  • We’ve corrected the ‘Today’ language token so it will correctly apply to the public event calendar view.

Equipment & Spaces

Features
  • Select an event template when creating an event from a space booking. Go to Spaces > Availability and click on a booked space in the grid. In the section that displays the booking details, click the ‘Create Event’ button. If any event templates are set up in your LibCal site, an option will appear to select a template or create an event from scratch.
  • You can now remove Hours templates that are no longer in use without affecting any of the stats reports. Head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces > Manage Hours Templates to remove any template from the list that is no longer in use.
  • We’ve enhanced the Confirmed Bookings calendar to include the ‘nickname’ for a booking (if one exists) on the initial view of the calendar. Head to Spaces > Confirmed Bookings to see the ‘nickname’ associated with a booking on the initial view of the calendar.
  • We’ve added support for booking lead times for K12 (a.k.a., school libraries) sites. Head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces, click on the Spaces link for your K12 location, click ‘Edit Category’ for any space category and then on the Booking Limits tab, where you will find the booking lead time setting.
  • We’ve added the Booking ID for both the Equipment and Spaces Booking Explorer exports. Go to either Equipment or Spaces, click on the Booking Explorer tab, run a search, and then click on the ‘Export’ button. The Booking ID will now be included in the CSV output.
  • We’ve added any notes that existed in the Room Bookings to display in the Spaces module for any bookings that were migrated over during the Room Bookings to Spaces migration process.  Go to Spaces > Availability, find and click on a booking that was migrated from Room Bookings. When the details of the booking load, the notes (if applicable) from Room Bookings will now display.
  • We’ve improved the Equipment ‘Fines’ page by adding the show/hide columns, Excel, PDF, and CSV buttons to be used in conjunction with the datatable results returned from searching on this page.
  • We’ve added a language token for the verbiage that displays on the Equipment/Spaces public booking cancellation page.  Head to Admin > System Settings > Language Options > Custom Language > Equipment & Spaces to customize:
    • “Click on the ‘Cancel Booking’ button to cancel an individual booking”
    • “Click on the ‘Cancel Booking’ button to cancel an individual booking or the ‘Cancel All Bookings’ button to cancel all.”
  • We’ve enhanced the public page equipment search to re-load all items on the page if a search is cleared.
Fixes
  • The availability grid for the Equipment module is now properly displaying longer padding windows associated with booked items.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where if the ending hours for an equipment item was set to 12am and later, the reservation would automatically put the end time to the next day’s opening hours.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where inactive spaces were adding to the ‘Time Available’ data when running stats for a space category. Go to Stats > Spaces and then run the report for a space category where there are inactive spaces. The ‘Time Available’ value will no longer include these spaces.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where, when pulling data through the API, an extra millisecond was being returned when a custom time was in use for a space or equipment item.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where, when creating a recurring booking, bookings that were not created because of a clash would still show up in the booking confirmation email.
  • We’ve corrected an issue when a space or equipment category was set up for both 2-step verification and mediation.  The confirmation emails will now include the mediated booking dates and times.

Misc Fixes

  • We’ve fixed the Google Maps integration for Hours locations on the public pages. Head to Admin > Hours and modify the settings of a location or department to set the latitude & longitude or place id values. Next head to Admin > Look & Feel > Homepage Editor or Hours Page Editor to display the Google Maps integration on the public pages.
  • We’ve corrected accessibility errors when an ‘Error 404’ page is viewed.
  • We’ve corrected an issue when LibAuth rules are in use and are set to auto-populate the First Name field.
  • We’ve fixed the LibApps signature option for event and appointment email confirmations. Head to Admin > System Settings > Email Signatures to allow users to set their email signature using the signature set up in their LibApps profile.

Upcoming LibCal Training Sessions:

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LibGuides & LibAuth

We have a small series of fixes for LibApps and LibGuides this month! We’ve been working to tune up the back end, but you’ll also notice these changes:

Accessibility

  • We made the contrast of the homepage sidebar buttons WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.
  • If you assign a custom language to a group, that language designation is correctly assigned to all guides contained in that group. Some of you reported that the language tag was getting flagged by your accessibility checkers.
  • We removed a duplicate ID from the system and group homepages. If you target #s-lg-index-cols to style guides lists on your group or system homepages, please see the table below for details on what to look for in your custom CSS. Protip: now you can customize the homepage guide lists separately if you’d like to!
To target this element on the system or group homepage
Use this ID in your custom CSS
All Guides list
#s-lg-index-list-guides
By Group list
#s-lg-index-list-groups
By Subject list
#s-lg-index-list-subjects
By Type list
#s-lg-index-list-types
By Owner list
#s-lg-index-list-owners
All lists
#s-lg-index-list > section > div

LibAuth

The LibAuth updates this month center around the SIP2 authentication protocol. We’re seeing a lot of use of this from you, and are pleased to bring you some additional related features.

  • We added a toggle that allows you to honor or ignore any blocks returned from your ILS. If you’d like to allow patrons who are blocked for too many checkouts/fines to book LibCal rooms, now you can!
  • We’ve extended group permissions to SIP2 configurations. If you would like to restrict LibGuides or LibCal resources to particular groups of patrons, now you can!
  • We’ve enabled LibApps login for SIP2 configurations. You can use this if you would like your staff to log into LibApps using their SIP2 credentials.

Additional LibGuides fixes and features

  • We’ve added the Export All button to the Guides Statistics reports so that you can download an entire report.
  • We’ve improved the password reset process to make it more secure. Now when you reset your password, an email is sent to the address you provide.
  • We fixed the Tags filter in the LibGuides community site.
  • We’ve changed the classes used when you create a table in a blog post, so that they look the same as tables that you create in other LibGuides content. When adding or editing a table, simply use the Class dropdown (on the Table Properties screen) to choose the Bootstrap Table class(es) you’d like to use. The default is to have a table with borders.
  • We fixed a couple of issues with search results that were causing Subject names to appear more than once, and for the page results in Bento search results to have the wrong links.
  • We fixed an issue with LTI widgets that was causing links to open in the same window even if a new window was specified by your LMS.

Upcoming LibGuides Training Sessions:

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LibInsight

We have been busily recoding the back end of LibInsight to improve performance and modernize the code. We’ve also got this list of smaller improvements to bring you:

COUNTER-related updates

  • We removed the link to the now-defunct COUNTER Release 4 validator.
  • We made several improvements to scheduled SUSHI fetches. Specifically, we delete a schedule when a provider, dataset, or platform using the schedule is deleted. We also added some validation for the “Recurring Until” dates.
  • When you copy a platform from one dataset to another, you’ll now copy any invoices and licenses that you’ve added to the platform. This includes invoice line item details, and file attachments, as well as license file attachments.
  • We added some error information to the emails you get when a SUSHI fetch fails. This will help us in troubleshooting.
  • We have added the &platform parameter when retrieving SUSHI files. Some vendors require this to differentiate among the platforms that they provide.
    screenshot showing new platform field in the sushi provider dialog

Additional fixes and features

  • We improved the interface for choosing more than one value when adding a filter in custom dataset analysis.
    screenshot showing additional help text to assist with selecting more than one value in a filter
  • We changed the Last Login field on the accounts screen so that it uses the timezone set in System Settings. It’s pretty awesome that people were logging in from the future, but we decided to go for accuracy instead. 😉

Upcoming LibInsight Training Sessions:

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LibWizard

Abracadabra: magical new features such as the LibAuth integration and the Certificate of Completion are coming! (Thank you for your patience with those two features!)

LibAuth Integration

If you subscribe to the full version of LibWizard (i.e., you can create Forms, Surveys, Quizzes, and Tutorials in your system), you can put any form, survey, quiz, or tutorial behind a login, allowing only users at your institution to access it. Once a patron is successfully authenticated, their name and email address can also be automatically populated in to fields in your form (etc.).

To use this new feature, first make sure you have a LibAuth configuration for your institution’s authentication system set up in LibApps. (LibAuth Documentation) Once that’s set, go to LibWizard > Admin > System Settings > Advanced > Enable LibAuth Integration. Click the word Disabled to change it to Enabled, then select the configuration(s) you want to use. Click Save. Now you’re ready to use it on forms, surveys, quizzes, and/or tutorials!

While editing an item, go to [Item] Options > Basic Info > Enable LibAuth Authentication and choose the authentication config you want to use from the dropdown. If you’d like to map users’ name and email to fields in the form (etc.), select the fields to map them to in the “Map user info to fields” section just below the LibAuth option.

Screenshot of LibAuth Integration Settings

This is just the beginning! LibAuth integration opens up a floodgate of potential new and exciting features, like only allowing a user to take a quiz once or allowing users to save a tutorial and continue where they left off at a later time. Make sure you sign up for blog notifications (top right side of this page) so you’re one of the first to know about new integrations!

Don’t subscribe to the full version yet, but interested in finding out more? Check out our guide on the differences between LibWizard and LibWizard Lite, then contact our amazing Sales team for a trial / pricing information!

Certificate of Completion for Quizzes and Tutorials

Create a Certificate of Completion that users can save, print, or email after they have completed a quiz or tutorial. Customize the certificate through the use of tokens, which automatically fill in the appropriate data for that item. Available tokens include the name of the quiz/tutorial, the library name, date, and grade.

To enable Certificates of Completion, edit the quiz/tutorial’s “Thank You” screen and go to the “Certificate of Completion” tab to enable and customize it.

Other New Features

  • Randomize Quiz and Tutorial Questions
    Make quizzes and tutorials more robust and deter copying by randomizing question order.
  • Re-Ordering choices and options
    Need to change the order of choices in dropdown or checkbox fields? No problem! Just drag options around in whatever order you choose.
  • Allow multiple answers in Grid questions
    Make the grid option behave like checkboxes: allow multiple answers per row!
  • Progress bar for Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes
    You can now enable the progress bar so users can track how far along they are, just like you can in Tutorials.
  • New button/modal widget
    Want to add your Form, Survey, or Quiz to a webpage, but don’t want to embed it right in the page because it takes up too much space? No problem! Use this new widget to add a button to your page, which pops up a modal window when clicked.
  • Field Rules in Tutorials
    Show/Hide any fields in your tutorials based on patrons’ response. Want to show hints when patrons are struggling? You can! Hide tutorial topics that patrons already know about? Check. The possibilities are endless….

Fixes

  • Reports:
    • Usability improvements such as freezing the top row (field name) so it stays visible when working with long reports.
    • Keyword Filtering submissions was reworked to more easily filter through a lot of data.
    • Performance improvements for forms that have a lot of submissions.
    • The Date field now displays in the same format you selected for that field.
    • You can now filter by date and/or submission’ metadata (e.g. IP and referrer) in addition to the usual filters.
  • Concurrent editing check: if you click save for an item that was edited by someone else after you initially opened it, you’ll get an error message instead of overwriting their change.
  • Want to right click a link for a form or report and open it in a new window? Go for it – now you can.
  • Various accessibility fixes.

Upcoming LibWizard Training Sessions:

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LibStaffer

This release we have a couple of fixes and some exciting info to share. First, the fixes!

  • We’ve corrected an issue where manually typing in dates into the date search on the Dashboard for ‘My Upcoming Shifts’ and ‘Open Shifts’ would not return any results.
  • We’ve corrected an issue with Autoscheduler and scheduling a maximum of 2 shifts per day with non back-to-back shifts.

Now the excitement! Although we will not be releasing any major features or functionality for LibStaffer in this release, we’ve been working meticulously behind the scenes to bring you an awesome new feature that involves a lot of back end work. Multi-language selection is coming! The feature converts all of the system generated text in LibStaffer (including the public calendar view and public calendar widget) to the language selected. We will initially support a select few languages, then take requests for additional languages for inclusion in future releases. Your help with creating the translations is always welcome and appreciated!

Upcoming LibStaffer Training Sessions:

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LibAnswers

We’re continuing to chug away at Co-Op related functionality, but have several fixes to share in the meantime:

  • Admin-level users can no longer delete their own accounts – this prevents the situation where an admin is cleaning up site records and inadvertently deletes their own account, which effectively locks you out of the site (oops!). To see this in action head to Admin > Accounts and note how you can’t delete yourself. 🙂
  • In an effort to make it easier to locate the LibAnswers queue question form, we’ve added links on various admin settings pages (including the overall Admin list of queues) to help you locate where the public question form lives. To see this in action, admins can head to Admin > Queues.
  • Previously in Reference Analytics, if you filtered a list of transactions by a search term in the internal note field, and then exported those results, the resulting export was returning all results. We’ve updated this so that now the export will return just the filtered results.
  • When logging into LibChat, the Settings tab is now the default tab you see (vs. the Chat tab). This change relates to upcoming Co-Op related functionality. Review / select what you want to monitor and head on over to the Chat tab!
  • We fixed an issue in the chat widget builder – the {{ domain }} template tag will now work properly in widget builder view. It’s always worked correctly in the live widget itself, this issue only impacted viewing the widget in the widget builder.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where, in some cases, if you had LibChat running on one computer and then signed yourself out and then in again from another computer, you could show as “offline” to internal departments. This has now been fixed, so online/offline toggles should now work as expected.

Upcoming LibAnswers Training Sessions:

We have a bunch of LibAnswers sessions for you this month, including sessions at some different times than our usual! See our whole calendar for the month of August for dates and times. Sessions include:

  • Planning Your LibAnswers Site Workshop
  • Setting Up Queues & Answering Tickets
  • Personal Chat Settings & Views
  • LibChat Setup & Answering Chats
  • Best Practices for FAQs
  • Customizing Your LibChat Widgets
  • …and more!

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibCRM

While the list of new features and fixes may be short for this LibCRM release, a lot has happened on the back end to improve the structure of the system. The back end updates mainly relate to overhauling the back end API (not visible to customers), which will help us improve and create fantastic new features and functions in the future.

Projects

No more do you have to create projects from scratch. Instead use the powerful new Project Templates option, which allows you to create and copy templates! Head to Projects > New Project > and check the “Is This a Template?” checkbox to create a new template. Once the template is created, you can then head to Projects > Template Projects to see the full list and edit or delete them. Click the name of the template to add related tasks. When this template is used to create a new project, all of those tasks are copied into the new project – a huge time saver!

Other Updates & Improvements

  • Data Imports now better handle errors and duplicate records.
  • Reports: In this release we focused on Custom Fields Filters in Projects. We made improvements to the date type field and fixed where the system was not removing selected conditions and/or values when a new search is performed.

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That’s it for this round of updates from Springy HQ. We would like to thank you, our user community, for sharing all your great ideas with us! We love making them a reality and look forward to bringing you many more improvements in 2019. We are always here for you if have any suggestions or questions.

Using LibAnswers for Library Security

Keeping Track of Safety Issues Just Got Easier.

Libraries get their fair share of incidents that happen involving the safety of the staff, students and/or include the compromise of the building. Many institutions piece together a way to keep track of these via various reporting tools that range from spreadsheets to pen and paper recording, etc. You want to be able to take down what happened. It’s important to be able to add detailed information as you learn more. Ideally, it would be advisable to keep it all in a secure place.

Everyone cares. Everyone takes it seriously. But not everyone knows that there’s a great way to log and manage this safety incident reporting in the LibAnswers Platform.

Queue Up The Solution.

The system comes with one queue. It’s possible to have multiple queues in the back end of the LibAnswers Platform. You can contact sales@springshare.com to add a queue and designate this queue for logging library security incidents. By utilizing the features in LibAnswers, you can easily

  • Assign appropriate people to the special queue you’ve made to manage access to it.
  • Create a ticket — this will be the way you keep a manageable record of the incident.
  • Type up what happened in a quick customizable form. For Nature of Incident you can make options that include: Accident, Theft, Vandalism, etc.
  • Add details along the way. To the ticket, you can add — immediately or at a later date — photos, links to policies that apply or need to be referenced, a case number, internal notes, etc.
  • Add tags to tickets to help you and others find them, as necessary.

The LibAnswers Features That Make Active Recording and Alerting Possible.

Sometimes you can record an incident that’s already been resolved. A student employee had an accident and cut her finger. She was treated with soap and a bandage and she’s fine. Easy peasy. However, there are times when there is a lot more to it and this is when LibAnswers features come in handy.

Library Security is not written on to-do lists each day, rather, it should be a steady pursuit. You want to be able to record in as much detail as possible what happened. A patron came to the reference desk to say her laptop is missing. A staff librarian noticed a window is broken. A student ran into the library in a panic to tell a librarian she is being followed by a stranger. There was a verbal altercation that included inappropriate language between a patron and a librarian about admission to an event. Many incidents will need to be reported and then revisited with further details and status updates on the process toward resolution. LibAnswers can help you do that.

However, more than being able to add pictures, case numbers, and updates, the LibAnswers Platform has features that can help you diligently stay on top of incidents so you are always aware of these critical safety issues.

  • You can manually assign and transfer tickets — make sure they’re not bottlenecking or waiting for attention.
  • The Question Routing Field allows you to route a ticket to a specific person when field conditions you designate are met. For instance, you can route all incidents marked Accident to the Library Director. Talk about expediting!
  • You can create customized ticket alerts for a queue. Your queue — Library Security Incidents Log — is a crucial piece of the puzzle at your library. We provide 3 options for alert thresholds. First, a number of unclaimed tickets over a designated period of time. Set it at 5 in 120 minutes and the system will send an alert if it happens. Second, a keyword you choose is used. You can enter keywords like police or ambulance, etc. and then enter the email or phone number of the person you want to be alerted when those words are found in a new ticket. Third, automatic reminder emails can be set to remind a person, set of people or the ticket owner of open tickets, or unclaimed tickets or when it’s been days since the ticket was updated.

(Efficiently) Take Safety Seriously!

Keeping your staff and patrons safe is paramount. Libraries truly care about this. The LibAnswers Platform is flexible enough in design to help you record, track, and update your Library Security incidents efficiently. Alerts help you stay informed and focused. And, with statistics like turnaround time, date and time, source and form field ticket stats, and the ability to export stats — you’ll have data to analyze, too!

Code release: New LibCal, LibGuides, LibWizard, LibStaffer, LibAnswers, and LibCRM Features

It’s finally summer here in the northern hemisphere, and we’re enjoying every second of it! Even with the warmth and sunshine trying to distract us, we stayed focused in order to bring you a whole new round of awesome updates to your Springy products…though we may have taken some frisbee and badminton breaks. 😉

These releases (with the exception of LibAnswers and LibWizard) are on their way to you this week, and will be live in all regions by the end of the day on Friday, June 28. LibAnswers will be released next week, and will be live in all regions by the end of the day on Friday, July 5. LibWizard’s release is delayed; please see that section for more info.

Read about: LibCal | LibGuides | LibWizard | LibStaffer | LibAnswers | LibCRM

LibCal

Billing

We’ve continued work on our billing module to further enhance its power and flexibility.

In Person Payments
  • Send an email or print out a receipt when accepting an in-person payment, so patrons have a record and verification that their payment was received.
  • Override the cost of a booking or registration before accepting an in-person payment.
  • Apply discount codes.
  • Refund an in-person payment.
  • Regular users now have access to accept in-person payments.
Misc. Fixes
  • We’ve corrected an issue where the ‘Booking Payment Details’ modal would not print correctly.
  • We’ve modified equipment charges showing as space booking charges to display as the correct type of charge. Head to Admin > Billing Charges to see the correct status displayed.

Appointments

  • Tired of adding the same directions whenever you add Availability? Well, we’ve got you covered with our new default ‘Directions’ field! Head to Appointments > My Settings and fill out the Directions field in the Appointment Settings area. These default directions can still be overridden when setting up Availability. So you can set up the directions you use most often as your default, but still route people to a different place for certain appointments, if necessary.
  • A new email notification was created to alert an admin user when an appointment of theirs is cancelled by a different admin user in the system.
  • We’ve separated the booking type / duration selection available on the admin side when creating an appointment. The available times are split into those that are supported and not supported for the user (“Other Categories in this System”) based on the group(s) they belong to in the system. However, the non-supported types will still be available for selection. Head to Appointments and then the ‘My Appointments’ tab to see the appointment duration split when creating an appointment.
  • We’ve disabled the drop-down selector on the public appointment booking page if only one time duration is currently available for selection.
  • We’ve added a new email tag to the ‘Confirmation Email to Patron’ template that can be used to include the booking form responses in the appointment confirmation email that gets sent to a patron.  Go to Appointments > My Settings to make use of the new {{{FORM_FIELDS}}} tag.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where the ‘Date’ icon on the admin Home page for upcoming appointments would display the wrong date if the system date was set to the DD/MM/YYYY format.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where emails were not being received by the person who the appointment was scheduled with when a patron canceled.
  • The patron search in the Appointments Booking Explorer now returns results for full name searches.

Events

  • We’ve made further modifications to the search logic in place for both the public page event search and admin side Event Explorer to return more relevant results to the top of the results list.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where recurring events were losing their ‘Location’ if the recurring event series was edited after its creation.
  • We’ve corrected an issue with space booking conflicts where a recurring event series was not displaying the correct location for any instance of the event series where it overlapped with a single day event already booked for the location set for the recurring event series.

Equipment & Spaces

Question/Answer Rules
  • The Equipment and Spaces booking form now supports conditional question and answer logic! Display another question or perhaps just some text based on the response given by the patron for any drop-down or radio button question you add to your booking form. Head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces > Booking Forms to set up your question / answer rules today!

Other Features
  • Building upon last release’s awesome feature that displayed which user cancelled a space booking, the Spaces Booking Explorer now also shows this info if a booking was cancelled from an event. Go to Spaces > Booking Explorer to see who cancelled space bookings through events!
  • The Spaces Booking Explorer’s export now includes the users’ names & dates of cancellations. Head to Spaces > Booking Explorer to make use of exporting these new fields via the ‘Export’ button.
  • There’s a new email alert for when a patron cancels an equipment and/or space booking. Head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces and edit a location. On the ‘General’ tab, there is a new edit text entry field labeled ‘Patron Cancellation Email’, where you can enter the email addresses of who you want to receive these notifications.
  • We’ve added Group Name support to the formAnswers parameter for /space/bookings API endpoint.
  • An .ics calendar file is now attached to all space booking confirmation emails.
  • If you have 2-step verification enabled for a Location (which requires the patron to click a link in their email to verify / confirm the booking), you can now help them out and confirm it on their behalf on the Admin side of the system! Head to Spaces > Availability and find / click the Tentative booking. You’ll see a new “Confirm Booking” button at the bottom of the Booking Details area.
Fixes
  • We’ve corrected an issue with the ‘To Date’ when creating a new daily equipment booking from the API.
  • We’ve corrected an issue on the public equipment booking page: equipment items that come sequentially after one that was set to inactive/broken in the database now properly display.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where checking in a banned user’s item from the overdue tab was still showing the user as banned for having item overdue.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where entering payments information for equipment fines was allowing a value to be entered greater than the value of the fine.
  • If a master item has model info populated, that now displays on the public check out page for child items, too.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where there was an extra empty bullet point in the bookable equipment list view on the public page, at the end of each categories’ equipment listing.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where in a recurring space bookings series, if the last booking was cancelled, the space booking form could not be edited.
  • We’ve corrected an issue where a patron can cancel an equipment booking after the item has been checked out to them via the link in the confirmation email.

Hours

  • If a location has a URL defined, the hyperlink will now display in the corresponding hours widgets.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where, on the day that Daylight Savings Time starts, any closing hours that were set to 2:00am would display as 3:00am for just that day.

Upcoming LibCal Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibGuides

Globalized LibGuides Community site

Are you looking for some international LibGuides inspiration? Want to know what the Brits have written about Harry Potter, or what the French have to say about Bastille Day? Now you can! With this code release, we are internationalizing the LibGuides community site. Whether you’re searching for Guides, Institutions, or Librarians, your results will be gathered from all over the globe.

Faster stats reports

Another improvement in this release brings you your statistics—blazingly fast! We’ve redone the back end of LibGuides Homepage, Guides, and Assets statistical reports so that this vast amount of data can be analyzed and brought to you much faster, just in time for fiscal year statistics season! Just head over to any of these statistical reports, and run them to your heart’s (or your admin’s) content: Homepage; Guides; Guides > Assets; Assets > All Assets

Accessibility fixes

We’ve made sure that screen readers can access and read the pop-up guide information available on your system and group homepages.
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  • We added ARIA text in the pop-up guide information on homepages so that screen readers can access the last updated date and number of views appropriately.
  • We’ve addressed contrast issues with the default colors of the navigation pills on system and group homepages.
  • We added an ARIA label to the search box on system and group homepages.
  • We added a language key for the screen-reader text for the pop-up guide information icon on system and group homepages. It reads “View guide information,” but if you would like to customize it, go to Admin > Look & Feel > Language Options > Customize > Homepage (or Groups). If you would like to add this key in another language, please contact support and include your default translated phrase.
  • We’ve added appropriate landmarks for breadcrumbs so that screen readers encounter these as a navigational element.*
  • We’ve changed the ARIA label for the “Back to Top” element that appears on longer pages, so that these are accessible to screen readers.*

* If you use custom templates, you’ll need to update your templates to see these changes:

For this element: Look for this: And replace it with this:
Breadcrumbs <div id=”s-lib-bc”>         {{breadcrumbs}}
</div>
<nav id=”s-lib-bc” aria-label=”breadcrumb”>{{breadcrumbs}}</nav>
Back to Top <a href=”javascript:void(0);” onclick=”jQuery(‘html, body’).animate({scrollTop: 0}, 750);” title=”Back to Top” aria-label=”Back to Top” aria-hidden=”true”> <a href=”javascript:void(0);” onclick=”jQuery(‘html, body’).animate({scrollTop: 0}, 750);” title=”Back to Top” aria-label=”Back to Top”>

Smaller fixes and features

  • Target the “Email Me” button in profile boxes with CSS.
  • All blog pages (system blog and guide blog pages) will now show the most recent 10 posts. To see the next 10 posts, click “Older Posts” at the bottom of the page.
  • Databases hidden from the public view no longer come up in guide page search results.
  • We removed the ability to set a password for a new account. For security reasons, and to bring LibGuides in line with other Springy apps, all new accounts must use the Reset Password link to receive a link to set their password. If you’re an admin and need to set a password for someone, no problem, just go to LibApps > Admin > Manage Accounts > Edit that account to change it. You can change your own password by clicking on your email address at the top-right of the screen. You must know your current password for this to work.
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  • If you have a custom domain, and your domain includes a CAA record, we indicate this in the help text on the Certificates and Domains page. A CAA record can prevent us from obtaining a free Let’s Encrypt certificate for your custom domain. Use this tool to see whether letsencrypt.org is listed in your CAA record. If so—no problem! If not, you’ll need to contact your IT department (if that’s not you) to either get this added, or to purchase custom certificates for your domain.
  • We updated the FAQ link on the Reset Password page.
  • We disabled the Source button in the Rich Text editor for accounts leaving blog comments and discussion board replies.

Upcoming LibGuides Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibWizard

Update: As excited as we are to get you these awesome new LibWizard features as quickly as possible, we’ve found we need a little extra time to ensure that everything works smoothly with both the LibAuth integration and the Certificate of Completion. These new features and fixes will go out in early August instead. While we regret the delay, we know you’ll appreciate the extra time and care we put into these features once you’re using them!

LibAuth Integration

LibAuth integration is coming soon! If you subscribe to the full version of LibWizard (i.e., you can create Forms, Surveys, Quizzes, and Tutorials in your system), you can put any form, survey, quiz, or tutorial behind a login, allowing only users at your institution to access it. Once a patron is successfully authenticated, their name and email address can also be automatically populated in to fields in your form (etc.).

To use this new feature, first make sure you have a LibAuth configuration for your institution’s authentication system set up in LibApps. (LibAuth Documentation) Once that’s set, go to LibWizard > Admin > System Settings > Advanced > Enable LibAuth Integration. Click the word Disabled to change it to Enabled, then select the configuration(s) you want to use. Click Save. Now you’re ready to use it on forms, surveys, quizzes, and/or tutorials!

While editing an item, go to Quiz Options > Basic Info > Enable LibAuth Authentication and choose the authentication config you want to use from the dropdown. If you’d like to map users’ name and email to fields in the form (etc.), select the fields to map them to in the “Map user info to fields” section just below the LibAuth option.

This is a just the beginning! LibAuth integration opens up a floodgate of potential new and exciting features, like only allowing a user to take a quiz once or allowing users to save a tutorial and continue where they left off at a later time. Make sure you sign up for blog notifications (top right side of the page) so you’re one of the first to know about new integrations!

Don’t subscribe to the full version yet, but interested in finding out more? Check out our guide on the differences between LibWizard and LibWizard Lite, then contact our amazing Sales team for a trial / pricing information!

Certificate of Completion for Quizzes and Tutorials

Create a Certificate of Completion that users can save, print, or email after they have completed a quiz or tutorial! Customize the certificate through the use of tokens, which automatically fill in the appropriate data for that item. Available tokens include the name of the quiz/tutorial, the library name, date, and grade.

Enable Certificates of Completion by checking “Display Certificate of Completion” on the quiz/tutorial’s “Thank You” screen. Once that’s been checked off, you’ll go to the “Certificate of Completion” tab to customize it.

Other Features & Fixes

  • Randomize Quiz and Tutorial Questions
    Make quizzes and tutorials more robust and deter copying by randomizing question order.
  • Re-Ordering choices and options
    Need to change the order of choices in dropdown or checkbox fields? No problem! Just drag options around in whatever order you choose.
  • Allow multiple answers in Grid questions
    Make grid behave like checkboxes: allow multiple answers per row!
  • Progress bar for Forms, Surveys, and Quizzes
    You can now enable the progress bar so users can track how far along they are, just like you can in Tutorials.
  • New button/modal widget
    Want to add your Form, Survey, or Quiz to a webpage, but don’t want to embed it right in the page because it takes up too much space? No problem! Use this new widget to add a button to your page, which pops up a modal window when clicked.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements
    • Reports: Filtering submissions was reworked to more easily filter through a lot of data.
    • Concurrent editing check: if you click save for an item that was edited by someone else after you initially opened it, you’ll get an error message instead of overwriting their change.
    • Want to right click a link for a form or report and open it in a new window? Go for it – now you can.
    • Various accessibility fixes.

Upcoming LibWizard Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibStaffer

Shifts by Position

We’ve taken the power of shift assignments to the next level by allowing for designating positions required to fill a shift. Optimize your scheduling workflow by defining positions and assigning them to both user accounts and shifts. Position assignment considerations are supported in both autoscheduler and manual shift assignments. Head to Admin > Schedule Settings > Name & Info to enable this feature.

Integration of LC Hours

Now you can link the LibCal hours module with LibStaffer schedules! If a schedule is linked to a library or department from the LibCal hours module, when creating shifts, the shift details page will display the opening to closing hours of the library or department the schedule is linked to for help in determining if the shift that is being created or edited will fall outside of the opening and closing hours.

Multi Date Picker for Shift Creation

By popular request we’ve added a multi date picker when creating shifts. This new multi date picker will accommodate scenarios where a recurring shift needs to be set up but there is not a consistent recurrence pattern. Go to Schedules from the Main Menu Navigation Bar and create a shift to use the new multi date picker.

New Shift Claim Period Options

We’ve added three new claim period options for shift claiming (when enabled for a schedule). Set a schedule to allow shift claiming as far out as 8, 12, or 16 weeks. This will provide greater flexibility especially for full semester schedulers. Navigate to Admin > Schedule Settings > Edit a Schedule > Name & Info tab > Shift Claiming section to make use of these new options.

New ‘Clock In By’ Options

We’ve added new options to when users must ‘clock in’ by if the Clock In/Out feature is enabled for a schedule. There are now 3, 6 and 12 hours within a shift options available. Head to Admin > Schedule Settings > Edit a Schedule > Location & Time Clock to check out these options.

Favorite Shifts Report

Hot off the presses we have a brand new report to further enhance the scheduling process. See all shifts staff members have marked as favorites by going to Reports and clicking on the Favorite Shifts tab.

Other Features & Fixes

  • Recurrence details display in shift details modal
    For any recurring shift series, we’ve added the recurrence pattern details to the shift edit details screen.  Open any recurring shift on a schedule to see it.
  • Total number of hours has been added to the Time Clock Report
    We’ve added the total number of hours to the Time Clock report based on the returned results of the report search. Head to Reports and click on the Time Clock tab to see the total number hours display at the top of the returned report results.
  • Shift swap no longer lives in the past
    We’ve corrected an issue where shifts could be potentially swapped with shifts from the past.
  • Claim Type field save issue
    We’ve corrected an issue where the Claim Type drop down would not save correctly when setting if a schedule’s claim type to weekly or a rolling date.
  • Ensure all date pickers follow system date format
    We’ve gone through the entire app to make sure all date pickers follow the system date set on the Admin > System Settings > Name & Info tab.
  • Copy Shifts Outlook sync
    We’ve corrected an issue where the ‘Copy Shifts’ process was not correctly syncing shifts to Outlook.

Upcoming LibStaffer Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibAnswers

As we’re working hard building you awesome new chat cooperative functionality, we’re also making sure that we get you some great small features and fixes in your existing LibAnswers system. Here’s the latest!
(Remember: these changes will be out to all regions starting next week & will be out to everyone by end of day Friday, July 5.)

  • LibChat:
    • If you are marked as Online or Internal and close the operator chat window, you’ll now be asked if you’re sure you want to close it, in order to minimize accidental closing of that window.
    • The Patron Information tab now more clearly shows what browser and operating system the patron is using.
    • We fixed an issue where text copied / pasted from Word was breaking the formatting of chat transcripts and tickets created from chats, due to the excessive underlying HTML that Microsoft products add on the back end for those actions. (Those excessive and unnecessary hidden characters were breaking the character limit.)
  • Tickets: We fixed an issue where tags could not be added to tickets when using any browser on iOS or the desktop version of Safari on a Mac.
  • Queues: Want to reorder the multiple choice options in your Queue’s Question Form without affecting past data? Now you can! Head to Admin > Queues > Edit your Queue > Question Form > Multiple Choice Fields and you’ll see a new “Reorder Options” button.
  • HTTPS: Sites who do not yet have HTTPS enabled / forced for their LibAnswers system will see a message upon login reminding them of the importance of using / forcing HTTPS and linking them to more information / the “force HTTPS” setting in LibApps.

Are you a QuestionPoint subscriber moving to LibAnswers? You’re most welcome to join us for our LibAnswers / LibChat training in July to get a peek at the system! These sessions do not show the cooperative functionality, since we’re in process of building that out, but will give you a look at the existing LibChat functionality and other features of LibAnswers.

Upcoming LibAnswers Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibCRM

We focused on improving data imports (though didn’t stop there) for this LibCRM update!

  • Data Imports:
    • Now you can bulk update existing Profile records! If you do a data import of Profiles and an email address entered matches one that already exists in the system, the import will update that profile’s information. A super efficient way to update a bunch of Profiles at once!
    • If you have a multi-select field, the import now supports setting multiple options during the import. The options in the field should be separated by commas.
    • We fixed an issue when there are duplicated Emails in a Person Profile in an import file. The Bulk Import Details page will now properly display an error message alerting you to the fact that the email in row x already exists in the spreadsheet.
    • We improved the instructions at the top of the screen for how to do the import. Click the section to expand it and see the steps, or see our FAQ.
  • People and Organization Profile Screens: Both screens now show Record Owners and Co-Owners in the General Information section, and that section is now organized into 2 columns for ease in browsing / saving space on the screen.
  • Multi-Select Fields now have a “Select All” option.
  • Report Fixes:
    • We fixed an issue where Report exports were not correctly outputting all values when a custom multi-select field had multiple values selected.
    • We fixed a custom field display issue where if a Profile type (Organization or Person) is selected, all custom fields for both types were being displayed as filtering options. Now only the custom fields for the related type are shown.
    • When a specific answer option is selected in the filtering options, the results now correctly only display profiles with that option selected vs. all profiles with options that contain the word(s) in the option. For example, if you select Dean as the option to filter on, only profiles with Dean selected will be returned vs. both Dean and Associate Dean.

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That’s it for this round of updates from Springy HQ. We would like to thank you, our user community, for sharing all your great ideas with us! We love making them a reality and look forward to bringing you many more improvements in 2019. We are always here for you if have any suggestions or questions.

LibAnswers 24/7 Cooperative aka QuestionPoint Acquisition

Thank you to everyone who emailed us with excitement about the news of Springshare acquiring QuestionPoint. Besides the info in the press release, and the LibGuide (of course 😉 ) we created to answer migration questions  (https://buzz.springshare.com/qp-migration), we’d like to spell out our reasoning behind this very big deal for all libraries interested in online reference service.

First, let’s summarize the main points regarding transitioning existing QuestionPoint customers onto the LibAnswers 24/7 Cooperative:


  • QuestionPoint Staffers: *All* QuestionPoint staff librarians have joined Springshare and they are continuing their QP staffing work uninterrupted. The team you are used to will remain your 24/7 librarians team (plus we’ll add more staff, too – more on that below).
  • Business As Usual: OCLC has agreed to continue supporting QuestionPoint software until all customers migrate to LibAnswers. Any software issues with QP, please email your regular OCLC tech support contacts.
  • LibAnswers Coop Features: Springshare needs another two months to finish all required functionality for LibAnswers to support the full 24/7 Cooperative virtual reference service.
  • Migration Plans for Customers: When the LibAnswers platform has all the requisite Cooperative functionality, we will start working with existing QuestionPoint customers and plan their migration to LibAnswers.
  • No Interruption of Service: In the meantime, it’s business as usual for the Cooperative and for QuestionPoint software. There will be no interruption to the service of any kind while we plan and execute your migration to LibAnswers.
  • Commitment to Enhancing the Service: Springshare has committed to enhancing the Cooperative to make it better for all participants. This includes adding more 24/7 Librarians on staff, providing more training, improving workflows for sharing information between local admins and 24/7 Librarians, etc.
    • We also want your feedback and ideas on how we can make things better – please email us at qp@springshare.com.

Why Did Springshare Do This?

The simplest answer is that we strongly believe in the 24/7 cooperative reference concept. We want to put our time and effort into organizing tens of thousands libraries worldwide to work together to provide 24/7 online reference & information research help to users – anytime, anywhere.

Our LibAnswers customers (1,400+ libraries worldwide, and counting) have also been asking us to explore adding Cooperative functionality and staffing options during holidays/weekends/nights/busy periods. Between creating a Cooperative from scratch vs taking an existing solution and building upon it – we decided that the latter is a better option for everyone involved… including existing QuestionPoint customers. This is truly combining the most feature rich and the most widely used reference software (LibAnswers) with the most established and the most widely used Cooperative & staffing service (QuestionPoint).

The Internet has not only changed the concept of how people access information (i.e. the ability to access vast amounts of information 24/7) – it has also disrupted the concept of access to services, too. Today’s internet user has 24/7 access to services as well.

  • Hail a ride anytime, 24/7? Check.
  • Order food at 3am? Check.
  • Have a pressing medical question and need to check with a doctor online, now? Check.

Replace the words “medical” and “doctor” with terms for “legal/tax/accounting/technical/design/tutoring/coding etc.” help and you get the idea. Need a date right now? We won’t go there but word on the street is that there are 24/7 services available for it, too.

Internet Users Are Accustomed to 24/7 On-Demand Access to Services

Many internet users are library users, too. If they need help from a librarian they want it now, not the next day when the library’s doors open. Therefore, it’s important for the  library to join the 24/7 service offering as well – especially in today’s world where the Internet is full of misinformation. Real, professional, quality information expert help is needed quite often. This presents a real opportunity for libraries to provide high-quality live librarian help to users in their communities, 24/7.

It’s a great way to gain mindshare with users and build engagement between the library and the community. Simply put, offering 24/7 live help service helps libraries meet the needs of their 24/7 users. Every missed call or missed question/inquiry is a wasted engagement opportunity for the library. And, more engagement with users translates into more appreciation for the value-add that the library provides to its community.

Scale Matters & Springshare Can Deliver It

Since very few libraries have staff available to answer questions online 24/7/365 (because, you know, money) we believe the next best thing is for libraries to work together in a Cooperative, with Springshare librarians helping whenever needed, to achieve true 24/7/365 coverage for any library, any user, anywhere, anytime. It’s a cost-effective way to obtain round-the-clock coverage for every library in every community. Sure, there may be situations where a remote librarian is unable to answer a specific question and will need to refer them to a local librarian the next day, but that’s okay. The personal touch, and an opportunity to speak with a human librarian anytime still means a lot in turning this user into a library fan. Also, we will have effective solutions in our software platform to minimize these “unable to help” issues. You’ll be hearing more about this very soon.

We at Springshare have experience with building communities and networks. Our first product, LibGuides, owes part of its success to the concept of LibGuides community that we built where 100,000+ librarians share content, templates, ideas, best practices, etc.  We have made plans to build our own 24/7 Cooperative for LibAnswers because we believe in this concept. Then, the QuestionPoint opportunity came along and we jumped on it. Seriously, what’s not to like about combining our two solutions and instantly reaching scale. The scale here is very important because with scale comes the flexibility to offer better round-the-clock coverage with more librarians, higher quality service, and – just as important – better prices, too. If you study these on-demand services you quickly learn that the key is achieving sufficient scale where the marginal cost of adding new customers decreases and as more customers and more providers are added to the network the cost of the service decreases for everyone.

Our goal is to add many LibAnswers customers to the existing Cooperative – this will add more coverage to the Cooperative but it will also mean the network is much larger and the additional staffing costs will be lower per-customer (even after adding many new 24/7 staffers to our team). Lower costs per customer, more coverage, better quality service – this is where we’re going with LibAnswers 24/7 Cooperative. And we won’t stop until there are tens of thousands libraries all linked globally with many hundreds of librarians online 24/7, ready and available to help a library user in any corner of the world.

Vision for the Future of the LibAnswers 24/7 Cooperative

This is why we’re beyond excited about welcoming all QuestionPoint customers and all QuestionPoint staffers to our Springshare community. In the coming weeks and months you will hear more about the awesome features we are releasing in LibAnswers to make our 24/7 Cooperative the best it can be.

  • More effective ways for local admins to share information with remote librarians? Check.
  • Expanding the Cooperative specialty beyond the traditional Public/Academic groups to include K-12, Corporate, Law, and Medical Libraries? Check.
  • Adding functionality for more interactive ways to engage with users (screenshare, audio, video, etc.)? Check.
  • Guaranteed response times for every incoming chat? Check.
  • Social media coverage and engagement? Check.
  • Sharing and exchanging Cooperative best practices? Check.
  • Additional options for Cooperative participation (local staff contribution – or not)? Check.
  • Reliable ratings and automatic feedback functionality? Check.

So.much.amazing.stuff.is.coming!

This is a new chapter for the Cooperative and online reference service. We’ll double-down on everything that worked great in QuestionPoint, improve on everything that didn’t, and add new functionality and new options to make the LibAnswers 24/7 Cooperative the next big thing for libraries and for the communities they serve. Onwards & upwards, and welcome aboard!

-Chief Springy Slaven & the (much larger since Friday) Springshare team  🙂

 

LibApps release: New LibCal, LibAuth, LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibInsight, LibWizard, LibStaffer, and LibCRM Features

So far in May we’ve celebrated May the Fourth, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day (among other awesome days)…and now it’s time to celebrate Springy Release Days! Bask in the shininess of new features and the glory of fixes. Use this celebratory energy to plan your next projects, including implementing these new features / adding them to your workflows and moving to LibWizard v2. Check out the training links at the end of each section for inspiration and guidance!

These releases are on their way to you this week, and will be live in all regions by the end of the day on Friday, May 17.

Read about: LibCal | LibGuides | LibAnswers | LibInsight | LibWizard | LibStaffer | LibCRM

LibCal

Confirmed Bookings Calendar 

We’re thrilled to bring you this heavily requested feature in LibCal. You can now run a calendar view of all confirmed space bookings for a category and/or location on the admin side of the system. This awesome new feature provides the ability to filter the calendar by spaces within the category/location selected and can be displayed in the ‘Agenda’, ‘Day’, ‘Week’ or ‘Month’ format. Lastly, hover over a booking for information about it, as well as any event details (if the booking is tied to one). Head to Spaces > Confirmed Bookings to try it out!

OAuth2 Integration

It’s here: the long awaited OAuth2 authentication support for syncing Appointments and Space bookings with your Exchange/Outlook calendars/resources! This authentication method is a more secure way to sync than storing Outlook/Exchange passwords, as with the current setup. Check out our documentation to learn how to set this up.

Discount Code Support

Our online billing component is always growing, now with support for discount codes! Create, manage, apply, and track discount codes for events, equipment, and space bookings. Head to Admin > Billing > Coupons/Discount to get started.

Equipment Booking for Events

Ever wanted to book required equipment items during Event creation, rather than booking separately through the Equipment module? Well, now you can do just that! When creating or modifying event details, a new drop-down selection is available to book equipment items for the event.

Other Features & Fixes

  • Cancelled Space Bookings – We’ve added which user cancelled the space booking as well as the date & time they cancelled it (check the calendar icon next to the name) to the Spaces Booking Explorer and Booking Details Modal. (This will only appear for recent and future cancellations.)
  • Public Page Event Search – We’ve made improvements in LibCal’s public search capability: better quality search results with fewer problems. This includes returning to the search results page you were on (vs. the beginning of the search results list) when you click an event link, then use your browser’s back button to return to search results.
  • Appointment Widget Improvements – We’ve improved the appointments widget to make available date/time display more intuitive when there is only one group available for selection / the ‘No Preference’ option. Previously, it was not clear that the single radio button selection still needed to be clicked to view the available dates/times.
  • Spaces Stats Report Fixes:
    • The Time Available value in the Booking Summary for Stats > Spaces will now report correctly when viewing a single space in a category.
    • When ‘All Locations’ is selected in the ‘Location’ field, the ‘Time Available’ amount in the Bookings Summary section will return the correct time value.  Previously it would always return 0 minutes.
  • Improved Equipment Fines Logic – The Equipment fines logic accumulates late return fine amounts so patrons are automatically banned when the total amount of fines is equal to or greater than an amount you specify.

Upcoming LibCal Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibApps, LibGuides, & LibAuth

Cross-Region Guide Copying

We’re super excited to announce the ability to copy a guide into your system, regardless of what region you’re in. Did you hear about a guide in Canada that you’d like to copy into your system, but you live in Australia? No problem! In LibGuides, go to Content > Create Guide, and search by keyword or URL. The results you see there are now pulled from servers in all regions: Canada, US, Australia, and Europe. We’re a global, guide-copying community again! 🙂

(Note: We are also working on globalizing the LibGuides Community site [library and guide searches] and are aiming to have that out to you this summer. This release is only about the actual process of copying guides from any region using the Create Guide screen within your own system.)

LibGuides Fixes & Features

  • When you set a site-wide IP or LibAuth restriction, your site is automatically set to NOSHARE, meaning no one can copy your guides, and your content does not show in the LibGuides Community site.
  • The Statistics > Guides > ALL MY GUIDES filter now (rightly) shows just that: stats for all guides you created!
  • The Statistics > Assets > single asset > Export All button is back where it ought to be.
  • We fixed an error that was shown if you add a LibWizard item, but your LibWizard system contains no forms or surveys.
  • We fixed an issue where HTML added in the “Best Bets” language label did not display properly on Subject pages.
  • We fixed an issue related to LTI that caused nothing but a blank page to show if your guide contained hidden pages.
  • When you hide a top-level page, its visible sub-pages are no longer italicized (which implied that they were also hidden).
  • Accessibility: We restructured tab names so that they do not use obsolete navigation conventions.

LibAuth Fixes & Features

  • We fixed an issue where configurations weren’t saved properly if you entered a bad metadata URL.
  • We implemented a check for the CQ field for SIP2 connections, because the connection will fail if this field is not turned on in the ILS.

LibApps Fixes

  • We fixed an internal setting that affected prompt processing of newly-requested Let’s Encrypt certificates.

Upcoming LibGuides / LibAuth Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibAnswers

We have some great LibChat updates and several fixes to share with you this month!

LibChat

  • SMS / Twitter / Facebook Alerts in Chat: These new message alerts had been displayed in the Tickets tab since, well, they’re technically tickets. You all made a mighty fine point, however, that these are all near-instantaneous interactions, much like chats. Your users expect faster replies via these channels, and appreciate getting them. Now that these interactions have moved over to the Chats tab, you’ll appreciate the more streamlined workflow!
Previous LibChat Screenshare Launch Text

Before: Operator Launch link is easily missed

New LibChat Screenshare Launch Text with Button

After: Clear Operator Launch button

  • Screensharing Updates:
    • Launch Button More Prominent: We heard you! The Launch button for the operator to start a screensharing session wasn’t in-your-face enough to really notice, which caused some confusion. We’ve turned the link into a larger button and placed it more prominently in the message for operators.
    • Screensharing Alert: If you don’t have screensharing enabled yet…what are you waiting for? 😀 You can use it internally as well as with patrons, which doubles the usefulness of this awesome feature. Not sure if you have it yet? Check your system alerts when you log into LibChat – if you don’t yet have it, you’ll see an message stating it’s not enabled and to contact us if you want to enable it.
  • Sending Messages: Previously, if the other party was disconnected from the chat (accidentally or temporarily through a network blip), you could not send the message you had typed out. Now you can! If the patron has temporarily disconnected, you can still send your message and it will appear if/when the patron reappears in the chat.
  • Chat Fixes:
    • If you did not have a Nickname set in your account settings (click your email address at the top right of the screen to set one), no name appeared in the patron’s chat window…which could be a bit disconcerting. It now correctly displays your account name if you do not have a Nickname set.
    • New Chat Dashboard: Chats that were transferred to a specific user in a department will once again only be claimable by that specific user. No more can other users monitoring the same department claim it out from under you!
    • When looking at the help text for desktop notifications, the “More Help” link was…less than helpful, since it was a broken link! :facepalm: That link is now far more helpful, pointing you to our updated documentation.
    • Old Chat Dashboard: If an operator in one department transferred a chat to an operator in another department, the chat now correctly displays for that other department.

Other Fixes:

  • Ticket Email Notification Fix: If an internal note is sent to a user in the Address Book list and they reply via email, an email notification is properly sent to the ticket owner.
  • Ampersands in Ticket Replies: Ampersands in text and links in replies now properly display simply as & vs. &amp;, which was breaking the links.
  • Ticket Reply Drafts: The word “Draft” is now firmly back in place in the reply header, making it clear to all that the reply in question is indeed a Draft Reply, and has therefore not yet been sent to the patron.
  • Prompting for Ref Analytics Upon Ticket Reply: The option to prompt account holders to fill out Reference Analytics datasets when a reply is sent (vs. the ticket being Closed, specifically) is once again working as it should.
  • FAQ Media Preview: When adding embedded media to an FAQ, the preview of said media will now properly display.
  • FAQ Entries > Create FAQ Button: If you only have one FAQ group in your system and use the Answers > FAQ Entries > Create FAQ button, it now correctly allows you to create a new FAQ.

Upcoming LibAnswers Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibInsight

We’ve made a bunch of improvements to the E-Resources (COUNTER 5) dataset:

  • If a vendor queues a report when you request one (instead of running it on demand), we’ll fetch the report after a reasonable period of time. We also resolved a couple of other issues related to fetching SUSHI reports.
  • View your most-frequently-used resources by variable (investigations, requests, searches) by doing an Analysis, then going to Journals, Databases, or Books > Top Use.
    screenshot of books top use report
  • We split the main Usage Graph into multiple graphs to make them easier to read. Instead of seeing all variables on a single graph, you’ll see graphs for Investigations, Requests, Searches, and Access Denied.
  • We added a checkbox to show or hide the cost-per-use data when doing an analysis so you can view this information on demand, or hide it for easier reading.
  • We added “Master” to the names of the reports that we fetch, since we fetch master reports and not standard views.
  • When you copy an invoice, any title and cost details added to the invoice will also be copied. This means that you can create one invoice and copy it from year to year, making adjustments as you go.
  • We’ve added code to normalize text pasted into the SUSHI Server URL field. Providers often give you a long and complicated URL as the server address, but all LibInsight needs is the first bits. 🙂 You paste, we’ll figure it out for you.

Custom Dataset Improvements

  • When you upload a file and that file contains an IP address field, that data is saved, rather than your own IP (as the submitter)
  • You now have the option to NOT record the submitter’s IP address when a record is submitted.
  • A new system field lets you track and view (or not) the method of submission: widget, record data screen, API, file upload.
    screenshot of new system fields

Additional fixes and features

  • We’ve added “r4” to distinguish the COUNTER r4 datasets (E-Journals and Databases; eBooks) from the COUNTER r5 dataset (E-Resources).
  • We fixed an issue that was allowing people to accidentally enter zeroes while using the Manual Entry screen for COUNTER r4 datasets.

Upcoming LibInsight Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibWizard v2

We’ve conjured up so many magical new features in this release and hope you’re as excited using them as we have been concocting them! If you’re on the fence about moving to LibWizard v2, check out the features below. There’s no denying that now is the time.

  • The Conditional To option in LibWizard items.Conditional Email Notification – No smoke and mirrors, the most requested feature ever is here! Choose to send an email notification to different addresses based on a user answer to a dropdown, radio button, or checkbox question. Go to Form/Survey/Quiz/Tutorial Options > Submission Behavior > Advanced Email Settings > Conditional To and select Dynamic To Based on User Input. Select the field you want to use and who to email for each answer choice.
  • Pre-Populate Form Fields:
    • Create a custom URL to pre-populate fields with default answers.
    • Map fields to Open URL parameters! You can create a URL to use in your library catalog, which fills in the item’s title, author, ISBN/ISSN, etc., field(s) in your form automatically!
  • Upload Limits on File Size / Extensions
    • Limit the maximum file size a user can upload.
    • Limit the file type(s) users can upload; enter them manually or choose from our presets!
  • Set a Domain Restriction on the Email Field – Want a user to only enter their university email address? Just list the domain(s) you want to allow in the Domain Restrictions field.
  • Rating Field Gets Stars and Sliders – The Rating field has gotten fancier! In addition to the usual radio buttons, you can now choose to display stars or sliders.
    LibWizard's new star rating feature.
  • LibWizard's new Preview, with options to ignore required fields, etc.Preview – We’ve given Previews an upgrade! No more filling out required fields with dummy text just because you need to see the 2nd page of the survey! Now you can choose to ignore required fields, show hidden fields, or jump directly to any page. Plus, a submission from the preview is recorded in its own area separate from ‘live’ submissions, so you don’t even have to delete your test submissions.
  • Text Editor Updates – The rich text editor is now smarter!
    • Text block field which using the Collapsible Box option.Textbox, Welcome, and Thank You Screens – Collapsible Box: Need to add a long definition or instructions, but don’t want it to take up the whole screen? Add it as a Collapsible box! Click the icon to add it, give it a name, then click to expand and add the “hidden” text.
    • All Field Types: Choose font size / color and add images.
  • Submission Review Page – Opt to display a review page to user before they submit their response. This is especially helpful for long/complex forms & surveys! Head to Options > Submission Behavior and check “Display a Review Page” to enable this option.
  • Automatically Number Questions – No more manually adding a number to question text (and having to change it when you add or reorder questions)! Head to Options > Look & Feel and check the Display Field Numbers box (then Save!) to automatically number any field requiring user input (i.e., not the text block, line separator, etc. fields).
  • Custom JavaScript at the Form/Survey/Quiz/Tutorial Level – If you are fluent in JavaScript and want to add a custom script to a Form, Survey, Quiz, or Tutorial, you can! Head to Options > Advanced > Custom JavaScript and add your script (without opening & closing script tags). If you are not familiar with JavaScript, we do not recommend using this option.

Upcoming LibWizard Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibStaffer

Message Wall
The Dashboard/Home page now has a Message Wall – a convenient way for admins to post important messages and announcements! Head to Admin > System Settings > Message Wall Settings to enable this new feature.

Color Code Accounts
You can now associate a color with each LibStaffer account. Once set, the selected color displays before the staff members name on the Schedule view. Head to Admin > Accounts > edit account > Manage Account screen to get colorful!

Reports

  • Swaps & Given Up Summary Report – This new report summarizes by account how many shifts have been given up and swapped over the time range selected. It also provides critical information on how long before a shift was set to start that it was given up / swapped, and categorize total given up / swapped shifts by time of day. This report will only start collecting and reporting on data from its initial release going forward. Head to Reports to check out the new Swaps & Given Up Summary Report.
  • Available Hours – This report gives you a convenient display of Available Hours associated with each account. No more having to go to individual accounts! Click Reports and run the new Available Hours report.

Other Features

  • Monthly Shift Recurrence Options – Now you can create shifts with a monthly recurrence pattern.
  • Workflows – Custom Email Intro – For workflows set to send submission contents to the submitter, you can now add custom intro text for the email.  Go to Admin > Workflow Forms > Edit Workflow Form to add it.
  • Schedule Notes – Have an important announcement for a specific date? Add a Schedule note! Apply it to one, multiple, or all schedules. You’ll find this feature under Admin > Notes.
  • Outlook ‘Free’ Status – If an Outlook event has a status of ‘Free’, that time is also considered free/available in LibStaffer.
  • Admin Alert When Staff Cancels Time Off – Admins can get optional notifications when staff members cancel approved time off. Head to Admin > Accounts > Edit Account > Email & SMS Alerts to enable this notification.
  • Given Up Shift Emails
    • Select which Admin accounts you want to receive these notifications (vs. all admins).
    • Opt to send these emails right away vs. on a digest/hourly schedule.
  • Custom Colors for Shifts – Have you been longing to make one of your shifts the perfect shade of teal? Now you can! Break out of the standard shift colors and use the custom option on the right-hand side to pick your perfect palette.
  • Reuse Shift Names – When creating a new shift, you can easily reuse existing shift names! Start typing the name, then select it from the list of suggested matches.

Upcoming LibStaffer Training Sessions:

Also check out our recorded sessions!

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LibCRM

Email Notifications and a Dashboard makeover lead the way for this LibCRM update!

  • Notifications: Regular users and Admins ca receive Email Notifications when they are assigned new Profiles, Tasks, or Projects. Turn notifications on or off right from your Dashboard.
  • Dashboard: The LibCRM Dashboard now shows some general system statistics & Springy news:
    • The At A Glance view displays the total number of People, Organizations, Interactions, Projects, and Tasks you have in your LibCRM system.
    • We also added the News & Announcement Boxes to keep you up to date on what’s happening at Springshare and with LibCRM.
  • Reports:  We are continuously improving LibCRM reports.
    • In this release, report output was improved by showing all custom fields in the Display and XL export.
    • Also, when filtering by Profile Type, you can choose what kind of search is done: match any or match all selected profile types.
  • Interactions:
    • Easily record repeating interactions, whether it’s Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or a group of dates you manually select.
    • Associate Interactions with Tasks, using the “Interaction for > Select Tasks” option at the bottom of the page.
    • We also improved auto assignment when a new interaction is created.
  • Data Import:
    • Data Import validates on Email only. The import tool displays any records that already exist in your system by matching on Email.
    • Fixes include:
      • Owner information is correctly imported
      • Select fields show the selection when editing the profile post-import.
  • Other:
    • When adding a new Relationship or Membership, add the Relationship/Membership Type before the Relationship/Membership With, to provide a more logical flow. (Name: Springy Share; Relationship Type: Director; Relationship With: Springy Public Library)
    • Admin > Manage Integrations has more detail about how LibCal and LibAnswers integrations work / how often they’re run.
    • Looking for your System Email? It’s now conveniently located on the Admin > Manage System Email page!
    • We continually review the system for Accessibility and make changes where needed. This release includes accessibility updates for several pages.

Coming Soon!

  • Mass Email: LibCRM will have Email Campaign Management! This allows users to create an email with multiple recipients right within their LibCRM system. Once created, you add recipients from People or Organization profiles, then save the email as a draft or send. An Email Interaction will automatically be created under each recipient profile.
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    That’s it for this round of updates from Springy HQ. We would like to thank you, our user community, for sharing all your great ideas with us! We love making them a reality and look forward to bringing you many more improvements in 2019. We are always here for you if have any suggestions or questions.

    Feed Your Data Cravings — With Springy Stats That Are Off The Charts!

    Get Me Some Actionable Data…STAT!

    This is the world we live in. We need proof to try the pudding. 15 years ago, people simply went to a restaurant, chose a vacuum, or took a gym class. Now, most people spend a considerable amount of time doing research before major and even minor purchases. Just think about how many reviews you’ve read lately for a mobile phone case. How many stars does it take for you to choose a taqueria? Forbes says, “82% of smartphone users consult their phones on purchases they are about to make in-store.” Librarians have known for a long time that keeping statistics is important. Having actionable data is key.

    Grid And Bear It.

    Springshare understands how valuable metrics are to libraries. You’re in the service industry. It’s critical for you to keep track of usage, to measure growth, and to gather feedback. You have to be able to make assessments about which efforts are yielding positive results and which programs or classes are no longer popular. Springshare has statistics built into every tool. Since the love of data is now a very cool thing, we wanted to geek out and share some great charts and graphs you can dazzle people with at the staff meeting.

    LibWizard allows you to easily build custom forms, surveys, quizzes, and tutorials. If you choose the Grid Field, you can get feedback on a number of related questions all at once. Looking at the data through the varied chart options can quickly help you make some decisions about, in this case, improvements to library instruction sessions. As we can see from this Post-Instruction Survey, the attendees thought the class was maybe a bit short. And, while they thought it had great content and examples, it didn’t have enough hands-on exercises and there wasn’t enough time for questions. How incredible would it be for your team to have this kind of evidence?

    It’s All About The Filters.

    LibCRM is our Customer Relationship Management tool designed specifically for libraries. It’s amazing what this system helps you keep track of from projects and tasks to the complexities of relationships and memberships to recording all the work you’re doing to be of service and build a rapport.

    But this system isn’t just wowing people because of what it can hold. It’s surprising folks with what you can extract. You choose the filters and get the intelligence you need.

    Here’s a report on Adjunct Faculty Who Don’t Communicate with the Library. Being able to run a report that can filter through scores of records to display these specifics is beneficial. You could then spearhead a project to boost your outreach that gives you a real place to begin.

    Don’t Just READ Into It.

    The READ Scale or Reference Effort Assessment Data has been around since about 2002 when an ARL (Association of Research Libraries) survey was conducted and unearthed the problem that the READ Scale solves.

    They had determined that it was necessary to spell out the efforts being made by librarians to help answer patrons. This ensures an accurate assessment of the work each interaction entailed.

    Since inception, the LibAnswers Platform has provided librarians with the ability to select the READ Scale number that corresponds with the activity when recording the transaction. If you’re not already using it. You should! Data is most helpful when it is quantitative — in this case measuring effort. It justifies the need for professional librarians and their invaluable expertise. Plus, having this knowledge helps with scheduling. It’s easy to look at the time stamp in the stats. When the most difficult questions are being asked, you can make sure there’s a manager around.

    Now, go ahead and check out the Stats and Reports features in all your Springshare tools to get the data that you need!

    LibApps release with new LibCal, LibInsight, LibAuth, LibGuides, LibAnswers, LibWizard, and LibStaffer Features

    Important updates!

    Wow, it’s March already! For many of us, March brings warmer weather, longer days, and a general uplifting of spirit after a long winter. Well, Springshare is here to lift your spirits even higher with a ton of awesome updates for your Springy apps. Plus we’re sharing exciting LibWizard news!

    These releases are on their way to you this week, and will be live in all regions by the end of the day on Friday, March 15.

    LibCal

    Online Payments Support Update
    We’ve had some great feedback from customers who are using the online payments feature in LibCal – thank you! In this release, we added more payment processors and extended payment support to equipment bookings, too! There are also new billing rate types to allow for more flexibility in how you want to set up your charges for bookings. If you’re interested in activating online payments in your LibCal system, let us know!

    Don’t miss the upcoming Training Tidbit session (Wednesday, April 3rd) that will take you through many of these great new features!

    • Parent/child relationship for groups of spaces. For example, set a large meeting room as a parent of two smaller meeting rooms. If the parent space is busy, none of the child space will be available for booking, and if any of the child spaces are busy, the parent space will be unavailable to book at that time.  To set up the parent/child space relationships, head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces > Click on the Spaces link for a Location > Edit an individual space > General tab.
    • Individual Space Landing Page & Link: We’ve added a standalone, perma-linked landing page for individual spaces.  It has the availability grid for that space, directions, more information about the space, etc.
    • Friendly URLs for Events: Navigate to Calendars > Choose a Calendar > Add/Edit an Event to use this new option.
    • Move or Copy Events from one calendar to another!  Go to Calendars > Choose a Calendar > Click on an Event > Modify Single Event > Move (or Copy)
    • Find Event to Copy modal

      Create New Event > Find Event to Copy

      Copy Event Info From An Existing Event When Creating a New Event. Go to Calendars > Choose a Calendar > Create a New Event, then click on the ‘Find an event to copy’ link at the top of the Add Event screen.

    • Exchange/Outlook Title Setting Options: the Exchange/Outlook Event Title selections now have three options: ‘Use Patron Name’, ‘Use Public Nickname,’ and ‘Use Patron Name + Email.’  To see these, head to Admin > Equipment & Spaces > Edit Location > Exchange/Outlook tab.
    • Anticipated Attendance: A new informational field for events to help make decisions on which space should be booked.  Go to Calendars > Choose a Calendar > Add/Edit an Event to see this new field.
    • New Patron Activity Statistics Page: There’s a new stats report for user (patron) activity. The report shows a monthly table with the number of appointments, events, spaces, and equipment reservations were made by patrons. Head to Stats > Patron Activity to check it out.
    • Separate Language Tokens for each confirmation button when booking an appointment and LibAuth is in use: we’ve added the ability to customize both confirmation buttons that appear when users book an appointment with LibAuth authentication.  This will help make the process clearer. Previously, each button was labeled “Confirm Appointment.”
    • The option to delete individual availability time slots via click is back! Head to Appointments > Availability and then click on any available time slot on the grid to access the delete modal.

    Fixes include:

    • Location field in iCal files: We’ve corrected an issue where this field was not populating correctly.
    • Public Appointment Widget conflict with availability and Outlook busy times: We’ve corrected an issue on the public appointment widget: now slots marked ‘Busy in Outlook’ are appropriately made unavailable in widgets.

    Get additional tips and strategies from our awesome training team – join us for upcoming sessions:

    LibApps, LibGuides, & LibAuth

    • LibAuth setup wizard: If you’re brand-new to LibAuth and are a member of the InCommon or UKFederation, setup is a breeze: just search for your institution name, and we’ll set up the rest!
    • Accessibility fixes: We eliminated duplicate IDs on the Guides by Subject page, when guides were assigned to multiple subjects. We also removed “Navigate to” from the beginning of the ARIA labels for page names. Use your screen reader to navigate to another page in a guide by typing the first letter of the page name (YMMV!).
    • Guide statistics: We redid the back-end and improved the speed and waiting time of some long reports.
    • LibApps admins can now enable/disable others’ LibGuides profile pages.

    Join us for our upcoming LibGuides training, including:

    LibInsight: COUNTER r5 is here!

    We’re super excited to announce that starting March 2019 you will be able to fetch COUNTER r5 usage reports from compliant vendors. SUSHI fetching capability is a requirement for compliance with this new release of COUNTER, and that has been our focus with this release.

    You can schedule a single report fetch, or you can set it and forget it! Choose either the Platform, Title, or Database Master Reports and schedule a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual fetch of these reports. Choose up to three users who will be notified once each report is fetched and processed.

    Why Master Reports? We’re gathering all the data for you so that you can narrow it down as you wish during analysis. Fetch it once, analyze to your heart’s content.

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    With this initial beta code release, you’ll be able to fetch and analyze reports, use them in Cross-Dataset Analysis, and in Dashboards. Why “Beta”? Release 5 of the Counter Code of Practice is substantially different to earlier releases. You’ll still be able to see which of your platforms, databases, and titles performed the best and were searched the most—including cost-per-use analysis—but we are still polishing the interface and want to learn from you how best to make those tweaks. So check out COUNTER’s Friendly Guide for Librarians, then take a COUNTER r5 dataset for a spin and let us know what you think! We have an upcoming April training session to help get you started.

    Join us for our April LibInsight training sessions:

    LibAnswers

    We have some small but mighty features and fixes to share with you for LibAnswers this release:

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    Link to transaction in the Knowledge Base Explorer.

    • Tickets & Reference Analytics: In the Knowledge Base Explorer, tickets now show links to the related RefAnalytics record, if one had been submitted. In the RefAnalytics Transactions Explorer, the related Ticket is linked in the first column, if it’s related to a ticket. Now it’s easy to get those additional ticket details, if/when you need or want them!
    • Internal setting – fewer distractions! In the new LibChat Dashboard, the “Internal” setting now prevents ticket alerts from popping up.
    • No more missing LibChat charts: We fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in no charts displaying in LibChat stats.
    • No more interference: We fixed an issue where LibChat widgets that aren’t in use were interfering with other page functions.

    Join us for upcoming LibAnswers training sessions:

    LibStaffer

    There are so many great new new features for LibStaffer in this release! Check them out:

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    • API: We’ve developed API support using OAuth 2.0 for LibStaffer!  Head to Admin > API to check out the available endpoints.
    • Drag & Drop for Shift Scheduling & Time Off: Click on an existing shift and drag it into a different “time interval” to modify the start and end times of the shift, assign staff members to existing shifts, and even create new shifts by dragging a staff member’s name from a new panel listing each member assigned to that schedule. Go to Schedules, then click on ‘Show Drag/Drop Shift Option.’  The Time Off schedule view also has this drag & drop functionality.
    • Free/busy status check for Outlook calendar sync during shift assignments: A new setting in the Outlook/Exchange setup will checks users’ free/busy times in Outlook for shift assignments.  Go to Admin > Accounts > Edit Account > Calendar Sync > Outlook/Exchange Settings to enable this feature.
    • Assign staff members to future instances of shift recurrences in one fell swoop instead of having to assign each instance of the recurrence. Click on Schedules and then edit or create a new shift assignment, then click the new down arrow on the ‘Save Assignments’ button and select ‘Save Recurring Assignments.’
    • Time Off Recurrence Options: Set recurring time off Weekly (with new options for every week through every 8 weeks) or Monthly! Head to Time Off > Add Time Off > Recurring Time to check out all of the new options.
    • Staff Member Pay Rates: For each user account, there are new fields for Regular & Overtime Hourly Pay Rate as well as a Daily & Weekly Overtime Threshold. These rates are used in the Time Clock reports to show how much an account holder earned during any given shift. Head to Admin > Accounts > Edit Account > Pay Rate to set the pay rate values for each account. Customize your currency display at Admin > System Settings > Currency Display.
    • Time Off Approvals now contain Supervisor name and Requested Time. We’ve also added a History button, which will show the associated time off detail for a user’s past 12 months.  Go to Time Off > Time Off Approvals to see the new report format and options.
    • Staff Current Status Report Enhancements: We’ve made it easier to get to this report from any screen! In addition to clicking the “View Current Status of All Staff” button on the Home page, you can simply click Staff in the orange command bar. Go there using either option to see an enhanced format of this report, including additional filter options for Status.
    • New Location, Department, and Position Fields: Head to Admin > Org Hierarchy to set up these new Admin-defined fields for use in all LibStaffer user accounts! Add locations, departments, and positions (including an option to mark positions as a Supervisor role) to your system, then go to Admin > Accounts to assign each account their appropriate location / department / position.
      • This release lays the groundwork for this feature. The Supervisor option has related functionality now (see next bullet point), and as always, we’d love to hear your ideas for how to best use this new LibStaffer feature!
    • Time Off Requests Routing: There are a couple of new fields on the “Manage Account” screen that relate to routing of time off requests! First, there’s the “Direct Supervisor” field: set your own or Admins can set any account holder’s Direct Supervisor by going to Admin > Accounts and editing any account. Once that’s set, you’ll see the new “Time Off Requests” field: choose to send time off request emails only to your Direct Supervisor or your Direct Supervisor and all admins.
    • Recurring Shift Notes on the Scheduled Shifts Report: We’ve corrected an issue where recurring shift notes were not appearing on the Scheduled Shifts Report.

    Join us for upcoming LibStaffer training sessions:

    LibWizard

    We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to improve the reliability of LibWizard, and also fixed a few bugs along the way:

    • We fixed an issue where some LibWizard forms/surveys might not show up in the list when using “Add LibWizard items” in LibGuides.
    • We added a proper 404 page, so when your patron clicks on broken links or deleted forms, they’ll know what’s wrong.

    That’s it, you ask? Not at all! We’ve been busy with this other little side project called…LibWizard v2. 🙂 That’s right, LibWizard has been re-written from the ground up!

    LibWizard v2 addresses a lot of issues and pain points with v1, and will bring significant improvements to the Assessments/Tutorials module. We‘re so excited about it and can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned, LibWizard v2 is coming April 2019.

    Whew! That’s it for this round of updates from Springy HQ. We would like to thank you, our user community, for sharing all your great ideas with us! We love making them a reality and look forward to bringing you many more in 2019–this awesome year has just begun. We are always here for you if have any suggestions or questions.

    Top 10 Springshare Blog Posts of 2018

    2019 is upon us and everyone loves a recap post.

    We wrote 58 blog posts in 2018 (phew, our fingers are tired!) showcasing awesome new functionality in Springy Tools, guest presentations, SpringyCamp conferences, and so much more.

    So join us as we look back and highlight our top ten blog posts of last year.

    hacker1. Security & Protection of your Springy Sites

    January 25, 2018

    If cloud-computing had a theme in 2018, it would’ve been HTTPS. In this blog post, we announced new functionality to route all patron traffic in Springy tools (LibGuides, LibCal, LibAnswers, etc.) through HTTPS. Plus, we added integration with Let’s Encrypt to provide completely free HTTPS security certificates for all your Springy v2 tools. Talk about starting 2018 off with a bang!

    2. LibCal/LibStaffer Integration

    March 14, 2018

    Don’t you just love it when your tools seamlessly work together? We do, too. That’s why we added two-way integration between LibCal (your calendaring tool) and LibStaffer (your staffing/scheduling tool).

    In LibCal, if you have a confirmed Scheduler Appointment – you can’t be booked for a LibStaffer shift and vice versa. 2018 – the year you stopped accidentally double-booking yourself. Huzzah!

    3. GDPR Compliance & Our New Mailing List

    April 25, 2018

    In preparation for the GDPR’s enforcement on May 25, 2018, we released tons of features to help ensure your compliance. And, if you think, “Hey, our institution doesn’t reside in the EU, so this doesn’t apply to us.” Think again. If you service even a single EU citizen, no matter where in the world that EU citizen resides, the GDPR applies to you. And, while we were on the subject of privacy, we revamped our email list. So, if you want receive our Springshare newsletter, new product releases, training webinars, and SpringyCamp announcements – you need to explicitly opt-in here.

    4. LibTote and LibTote Platinum

    April 1, 2018

    I mean, who doesn’t love a good April Fool’s joke?! This blog post was dedicated to our fake product launch – LibTote and LibTote Platinum. Smart Tote technology you can take with you, to help you take other things. Why? Well, because there are two kinds of Librarians in the world… and they both love Tote bags. If you need a chuckle, take a minute (or two!) and revisit this blog post and dream of a world where your Tote bag has Blue’tote functionality, smart expansion, and robust usage stats.
    Sigh – if only we lived in such a world. 

    5. New LibChat Operator Interface

    June 28, 2018

    LibAnswers with LibChat saw a ton of updates last year. But we kicked it off with a blog post announcing an entirely new LibChat operator console designed to help you manage loads of patron chats more efficiently and chat internally with colleagues as easily as possible. But, this was just the tip of the new features iceberg. We, later, announced more chat improvements, ideas for discovery layer integration, and our screensharing & webinar functionality (coming January 2019).

    6. SpringyCamp Summer Series

    July 31, 2018

    In case you missed it, SpringyCamp is our virtual user conference (completely free!) where Springy users share how they’re using their Springshare tools at their institutions to attendees who watch from around the world. Literally, we have people who get up at 3am their time to join! Our 2018 Summer Series featured three virtual conferences, June, July, and August, with some amazing presenters and showstopping presentations. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the first time around, no worries – watch a recording any time.

    7. SUSHI Fetching in LibInsight

    July 3, 2018

    LibInsight is your data storage and analysis powerhouse – and it got even more powerhouse’y last July. We rolled out automated fetching for your SUSHI compliant E-Journals, Databases, and eBooks datasets. Simply connect LibInsight to your database vendors and your e-resource usage data will automatically port into LibInsight for easy analysis.

    8. Essential LibGuides You Need

    September 17, 2018

    We’ve seen our fair share of excellent LibGuides. This blog post details the guides you should have and ones you didn’t even know you needed! If you’re looking for LibGuides inspiration from other libraries, don’t miss this list highlighting just some of our favorite essential LibGuides. And, if you’re looking to build some LibGuides on current events, don’t miss this blog post either!

    9. LibStaffer Workflow Forms

    October 11, 2018

    We released a really big feature for LibStaffer at the end of last year that helps you streamline the way your library processes various staffing-related forms. LibStaffer Workflow Forms enables you to create customized online forms that facilitate the entire life cycle – after the form is submitted. This includes automated email notifications, full audit trails, and the ability to view the entire workflow/history for each form submission. Looking for ways to use LibStaffer Workflow Forms? Check out this blog post highlighting 5 Ways to Use Workflow Forms.

    10. New Australia / Asia-Pacific Datacenter

    December 10, 2018

    When you start a year with a bang it has to end with one too, by announcing announcing a dedicated data center for our Australia, New Zealand, and Asia-Pacific customers. In early 2019, we’ll automatically move all customers located in the Asia-Pacific region to this dedicated server cluster. This new data center is our 3rd cluster, with dedicated geographical servers, alongside our Canadian and European clusters. These dedicated data centers help ensure that your institution is in compliance with local laws regarding transmission of patron data in/out of the United States.