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LibWizard Update Now Live

We have a brand new mini-release for LibWizard out today. This is just a maintenance release that is mostly concentrated on often requested bug fixes and some back end performance tweaks. You should notice a faster, smoother, LibWizard experience!

Just a few items:

  • Corrected a usability issue when LibWizard assets are embedded into LibGuides.
  • Fixed a problem where users were unable to edit the date and time field on reports.
  • Corrected a few typos on both the welcome and thank you screens.
  • Corrected an issue where checkbox fields set to display in multi-columns were not indented correctly.
  • Assets will now sort correctly when sorted by the created date.
  • Changes in asset title are now applied without refreshing the page.
  • Fixed an issue where under a very specific scenario submission notification emails were not being generated

HTTPS

We encourage you to use LibWizard with HTTPS but if you’re not, you should definitely give it a look. When web browsers start to force HTTPS, some of your forms my break if you’re not properly prepared so get started now!

We’ve written more about HTTPS on a previous blog post, so be sure to check that out.

“We’re All In, Because It’s Easy”

..says Andrew Adler, director of the Georgetown College Library, when asked why the Library is using the entire platform of Springshare tools.

Andrew, like most librarians, wears a lot of hats. From teaching library instruction, manning the reference desk, creating training tutorials for student workers, and being available nine hours a week for one-on-one research consultations, plus being the director for the entire library – he needs their web platform tools to just work and be easy to use“.

LibGuides CMS-Powered Website w/ Integrations

Georgetown College Website

LibGuides CMS allows for seamless integration with Springy Tools

The Georgetown College Library uses the entire Platform of Springshare Tools – and they use LibGuides CMS to power their Library Website.

“Things got a lot easier when we moved our website to LibGuides CMS.”

On their library homepage, an embedded LibCal Hours widget automatically updates to display today’s hours… no manual updating needed.

Their reference services are prominently showcased, with embedded LibAnswers LibChat widgets promoting their live reference assistance and a customized Ask Us form that routes all queries right into their LibAnswers ticketing queue.

All library forms, from a book purchase request form to reporting a catalog error are created and stored using LibWizard. In an effort to streamline work processes, their library student application is a LibWizard form! This way, librarians only have to go to one place, LibWizard, to view all form submissions.

Student Worker Training

Student Worker Training

Informing & Training Student Workers

All library student employees are trained using a combination of LibGuides with embedded LibWizard tutorials. Talk about making your tools work for you!

Circulation Student employees access the Circ Dashboard LibGuide when they sign into the circ desk computers.

From here, they can easily view their work schedules via LibStaffer, access library quick links, and take interactive training with LibWizard tutorials.

Since they’ve already used LibWizard to submit their student application forms, the process is consistent and seamless. As Andrew said, “everything they need – put in one spot”.

Andrew presented at the October 2016 SpringyCamp on training student workers using LibGuides and LibWizard. View Andrew’s presentation and download his slides.

Geogetown College Circulation Desk LibGuide

Student Circulation Dashboard LibGuide

LibWizard Tutorial

LibWizard Interactive Tutorial used to train student employees

Georgetown Staff Directory

Staff Directory LibGuide Powered by LibAnswers FAQ Widget

Using Widgets Makes It Easy to Maintain & Share Info

Even the library’s staff directory is a product of integration.

Andrew maintains the Library Staff directory as a published LibAnswers FAQ, making it easy for anyone searching the FAQ database to find staff email addresses and phone numbers. But, what if they’re not in the FAQ database? How do they find that information?

Easy!

Simply embed that Staff Directory FAQ as a widget into any webpage, including their LibGuides CMS-powered website. This way, Andrew only has to update the directory in one place, the FAQ, and watch those updates trickle down to everywhere it’s been embedded. The same consistent information is easily syndicated across multiple platforms and is easy to maintain from one central location.

Wait, What About Faculty?

 

LibCal Booking form

LibCal My Scheduler IL-Booking Form

Andrew wanted to create an online process where faculty could request library instruction as quickly and efficiently as possible. Email wasn’t cutting it, creating a lot of unnecessary back and forth. Plus, the Library maintains access to several IL-Classrooms so pointing faculty to a room reservation system would have required that Faculty know which room to request and when.

Using an outside-the-box solution, Andrew repurposed their LibCal My Scheduler as a tool for faculty to book library instruction. Most libraries use the My Scheduler tool to coordinate and schedule one-on-one research consultations. But Andrew saw it as a way to streamline their IL-Booking process. Faculty select their preferred date and time, and share their session preferences and class notes to ensure that the instruction is as targeted as possible – for the student’s benefit. Andrew receives the request, selects the appropriate classroom, and it’s all done…in just a few clicks. Easy-peasy.

These IL-Instruction Stats, and all stats from their Springshare tools, are automatically funneled into their LibInsight data gathering tool. From here, Andrew can run reports on how many classes were taught last semester, hits they had on their Library Website, and chats/texts/email reference questions they received.

Plus, using LibInsight’s Gate Counts Dataset, Andrew is able to view how many people are in the building – updated to the most recent hour. This data allows them to make staffing changes to their service desks based upon actual library traffic data. “It’s important for us to understand our student’s point of need and work to meet that need.”

 

LibInsight Gate Count Dataset

Gate Counts Data

LibInsight Gate Counts Data

Every year, Andrew meets with the Georgetown College Provost to cover the library budget. As is typical at these meetings, every line item is scrutinized. Andrew makes it clear that their use of Springshare tools are an essential library service.

“The Library couldn’t function without it – it’s our website, our research guides, our reference service tool, or reservation tool, and so much more. — Andrew Adler

LibWizard 1.7.9 Update Now Live

We have a post-Valentine’s day gift for the LibWizard community – the 1.7.9 update is now live! With this update we’re bringing you enhanced feedback options, which ensure patrons get the maximum amount of feedback for better learning outcomes. Read on for the new features that are making our hearts flutter!

Redesigned End-of-Quiz & End-of-Assessment Options

We’ve made a few changes and updates to the options available at the end of Quizzes and Assessments, with a goal of giving learners the most comprehensive feedback possible. This includes:

  • NewEndOptionsShow All Questions & Answers on the Thank You page – When patrons finish a quiz or assessment, wouldn’t it be nice to give them immediate feedback on all of the questions they answered? With this update, now you can! Head to the Thank You screen to see the new option for “Display correct answers and patron answers”. When you use this feature, we’ll display all of the responses that the patron provided at the end of the quiz or assessment, alongside the correct answer for each question and any question-related feedback you may have provided in the quiz or tutorial. This provides the patron with the full picture of how they performed on their quiz or assessment, and provides easy take-away info for continuous learning improvement.
  • Not Requiring a Correct Answer to Provide Feedback – Previously, it was only possible to give a learner correct/incorrect answer feedback by requiring an answer to be correct in order to move on. We realized that this was a bit limiting, so we’ve changed things – from now on, these are treated as separate settings, so it’s still possible to require a correct answer to continue, but you can still provide feedback on correct and incorrect answers to the patron without this requirement.
  • Display Grade as a Percentage, OR as Number of Questions Right/Wrong – A small yet popular feature request – if you choose to display a grade to the patron when they finish a quiz or assessment, you can now choose what form that grade should take. You’ll see this option on the Thank You screen, listed as Grade Display Type – choose whether you’d like to display the grade as a percentage (ie “You scored 80%”) or as the number of questions correct (ie “You answered 7 out of 9 questions correctly”).

File Upload Updates

We have a couple of new features to share for the file upload option:

  • DragDropNew Drag and Drop File Uploads – In a big move for convenience, we’ve added a super simple drag and drop file uploader, which reduces the number of clicks required to upload files on both the public and administrative sides of the system! To upload a file (up to 20 MB), just grab the file and drag it into the uploader. Of course if you prefer, you can still click on the uploader to choose a file from your computer.
  • File Uploads Included in Email Confirmations – We now include a link to uploaded files in the email confirmation messages sent to patrons / anyone on the email notification list, so you’ll no longer have to head to the reports area to view files.

Updated Look for the Edit Question Screen

We’ve adjusted the look of the edit question screen – now, instead of relying on accordions for the 3 main editing sections (Display Properties, Answer Properties, and Advanced Customization), we’ve moved these sections into 3 separate tabs. Hopefully this will make the various editing options a bit more obvious.

Tweaks and Bug Fixes

  • Previously, the file upload option could sometimes fail on the public side of the system, especially in cases where you had more than one file upload on a page, or a file upload was a required question. We’ve squashed these critters so the file upload will work reliably for patrons.
  • We’ve updated the option to “Use Spam Control” so it’s in use by default. Our spam control uses a honeypot method – it includes a field that is intentionally hidden so that humans don’t enter data in it. If the field is empty, as it should be, then the user can continue to the next page. Spam robots, however, will still detect that field and try to enter data in it (or in other words, stick their hand in the honeypot). When this happens, this prevents the robot from proceeding.
  • There were a couple of bugs that cropped up with the new Rich Text question and answer entries, where including HTML in the question or answer text could cause issues with questions being saved to the question bank, and certain fields were not saving correctly if they included HTML. These issues have been resolved in this update.

LibWizard 1.7.8 Update Now Live

It’s a new year, and the hits just keep coming! Last night the LibWizard 1.7.8 release went live, and we have lots of fun features to share. Read on for the latest!

Rich Text Question and Answer Text

question-rteIn this update, we’re adding simple rich text formatting for question and answer text in LibWizard. The new rich text editor is simple but powerful – use it to add standard text formatting (like bold/italicize/underline text), add a simple bulleted or numeric list, or even insert a link, to open in a new window. This makes it much easier to add clearly formatted text to any question or possible answer in LibWizard – perfect for quizzing students about the correct formatting for different types of citations, or adding a link to an external resource for additional context.

Workpad Usability Improvements

For those of you who manage long forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments, we have great news – we’ve made several improvements to the workpad area, which makes building assets even easier! We’ve added a scrollbar to the content area, so adding new questions anywhere in the asset is a breeze. We’ve also adjusted the behavior of the page on save – now, when you save an asset, the screen will return to the previous location, rather than refreshing to the top of the page. These changes should make it much easier to work on long forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments, by keeping the list of questions and control panel together on screen!

Encrypt Assets & Patron Responses At Rest

For security conscious folks out there, we have big news – users on the full LibWizard platform can optionally encrypt all LibWizard data, including all assets (forms, surveys, quizzes, and assessments) and patron responses, at rest. This option must be used in combination with our new HTTPS support. To give it a spin, admins can head to Admin > System Settings > Misc Settings and select the options for HTTPS and Encryption.

Flexible Correct Answers

We’re adding more flexibility to the way correct answers are defined in free text fields. Previously, free text fields relied on an exact answer match in order to count as correct – you could add multiple possible correct answers, but patrons had to exactly match one of those responses in their answer. Now, this is much more flexible – we’re adding support for correct keywords, so if a patron mentions that keyword in their response, the answer is counted as correct! This is great for quizzing students on high level concepts while still maintaining the convenience of auto-grading.

And More…

  • Switch Question Type – We know how it is – sometimes you create a new question and after adding the possible answers, you realize that that radio field should really be a checkbox option, or a dropdown. Never fear – we’ve added a simple switcher, so you can switch that dropdown question to a radio field with ease. 🙂  To try this out, edit any radio, dropdown, checkbox, or text field and use the switcher at the top of the page.
  • banksaveAdd Existing Questions to the Question Bank – if you’re an admin in your LibWizard site, you can now add existing questions to the question bank right from within an existing asset! You’ll see the new option when you add or edit any question – select “Save to Bank” to save any question to your site-wide reusable question bank.

LibWizard 1.7.7 Update Now Live!

Some fun end-of-the-week news – the LibWizard 1.7.7 update is now live! With this update we’re bringing you easy color customization for Forms, Surveys, Quizzes and Assessments, plus optional HTTPS support. For sites using the full LibWizard platform, we also have exciting news – file uploads are now available across all modules! Read on for deets on all the latest…

Simplified Color Customization

blueformHave you ever wanted to change the colors of a form, survey, quiz or assessment so it’s snazzier and more eye catching? Then do we have big news for you – we’ve added super simple color pickers to all LibWizard modules! Previously, customizing the colors of elements in LibWizard could take a bit of doing and required a good amount of CSS knowledge for optimal results. But no more – we’ve added simple color pickers for individual system assets, as well as for the site as a whole via the system settings.

Customize any major element of any quiz, survey, etc. – from background colors to fonts and font colors to the all new optional border, our color pickers have you covered. To start customizing a survey, quiz, etc., head to the builder and select Options > Look and Feel > Page Fonts and Colors. To customize colors across your site, Admins can head to Admin > System Settings > Custom Colors.

 

File Upload Support

Have you ever wanted to include a file upload as part of your surveys, quizzes, etc.? Perhaps you’re collecting documents for your institution’s IRB, or collecting proposals for an upcoming conference. Whatever the reason, we have great news for you – file uploads are now available as part of the full LibWizard platform! Whether it’s collecting a list of works cited as part of an Assessment or taking submissions for your “Why I love the Library” photo essay, you can keep track of all of this and more with the LibWizard platform.

Enable file uploads in your LibWizard assets by heading to the builder and choosing the new File Upload content type. Good to know: File uploads are currently limited to 20mb per upload, and are retained until the form, survey, etc. is deleted.

HTTPS Support

Do you frequently find yourself embedding forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments in https based websites (like a course management system, or perhaps your main library website)? Then this feature is for you – we’re introducing optional HTTPS support for all LibWizard sites. If you’re ready to make the switch to force all LibWizard content (both the builder as well as individual forms, assessments, etc.) to load via HTTPS, admins can head to Admin > System Settings > Misc. Settings and select Enable HTTPS.

Good to know: Enabling this setting means that all content added to your site must also be loaded via HTTPS. This will impact all content that librarians create in the site – all page URLs shown in Assessment & Tutorial slides, as well as image uploads, etc. must also load via HTTPS in order to avoid mixed content error messages.

Additional Fixes and Features

  • Spaces Can’t Bypass Required Questions – Previously, required questions could be bypassed by entering a space (or spaces) instead of a “real” answer. We’ve changed this behavior so responses that just contain spaces won’t pass the required check.
  • Print Individual Responses – We’ve added a Print button to the “preview” view of individual patron responses, so they’ll print with ease.
  • We fixed a bug in Numeric fields, where initial responses that fell outside of the required minimum/maximum setting were being recorded. This now generates an error message, and the response is not recorded within the reports.
  • We addressed an issue with Account Permissions, where making an asset “public” made it both visible and editable for all regular level users in your LibWizard site. Now, setting an asset to “public” will make the asset and any responses visible to other regular users, but they won’t be able to edit its contents.

As always, thanks so much for your great feedback. We hope you’re as excited for these new LibWizard features as we are – don’t hesitate to drop us a line and let us know what you think!

LibWizard 1.7.6 Now Live!

We’re keeping the LibWizard hits coming – the 1.7.6 update is now live! We have several nice features to share this time around, including expanded feedback options, updated alert messages, and an expanded Date & Time field. There’s lots to love in this update, so let’s get to it!

Correct Answer Feedback

correctanswerWe’ve heard requests from several folks who wanted to provide more color and feedback to their patrons for both correct and incorrect responses to quiz and tutorial/assessment questions. Now, when you create a quiz or tutorial question, you’ll have the option to provide an encouraging “Yes, you got it!”-type message, to help cheer on your learners. Patrons will see your message on-screen as part of the original question – to move on to the next question, they’ll hit the “Continue” button (or create a custom name for this button by heading to Admin > Language Options) to move on to the next question. To try out this new feature, head to quizzes or assessments, add or edit a question, and select “Answer Properties” to get customizing!

Updated Alert Messages

alertredWe’ve updated the look and feel of alert messages to the standard bootstrap “Alerts” format, so they’re more prominent and eye catching when patrons are filling out quizzes and assessments.

New “Time” Entry Field

datetime2We’ve expanded the “Date” field to support both Date and Time entry. When you add or edit a “Date” field, look just beneath the “Date Format” field for “Time Format”. The “Time” portion is disabled by default (so existing forms, surveys, etc. aren’t impacted), but turning it on is a snap – just select the date format you’d like to use (12-hour or 24-hour), and hit save to start collecting time-based information!

Redesigned End-of-Survey Behavior

This really applies to all modules: we’ve streamlined the end behaviors of forms, surveys, quizzes and assessments so they’re easier and more consistent to manage. We’ve added a default “Thanks for completing this survey!” message, so patrons have better confirmation when their form or survey is submitted. This message can be universally changed via the new Language Options, or can be changed for individual surveys using the “Thank You” screen customization. We’ve also corrected an issue where, if you *didn’t* choose to display a “Retake this Survey” button, a “Thanks!” button appeared which did the same thing. That’s now been corrected, and completing a survey (or form, or assessment…) should be smooth sailing.

Additional Updates & Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where required questions could be skipped if they occurred after a Question Page Break in Assessments and Quizzes. Now when a question is required, it’s truly required to provide an answer, no matter its position in the assessment.
  • We also fixed an issue with previewing slides – occasionally, when you clicked on “Preview” from the middle of a slide deck, you might end up at a random slide, ie not the slide you’d intended to preview. We’ve fixed this in this update, so Preview should take you where you expect to go!
  • We fixed a minor style issue where “Welcome” and “Thank You” screens weren’t using the same CSS class, so could appear with slightly different alignments. Now these should behave the same.

LibWizard 1.7.5 Update Now Live!

We have lots of exciting changes for LibWizard to share! With this update we’re introducing fully customizable language options, new Patron data fields for Name, Phone, & Email, plus a bevy of bug fixes and smaller updates.

But first, we have exciting news – LibWizard’s move to a new server infrastructure is complete. We moved to a new infrastructure with multiple backup and recovery points, which will enable us to restore data with minimal loss (about one minute prior to failure) should the need ever arise – in other words the problem we had a couple of weeks ago will not happen again. The fact that we were able to execute this complex move without any downtime or disruptions comes as a nice cherry on top. 🙂

Language Options

languagecustomizationWith this update, we’ve made it easy to change the language used for any element in the system. Site admins now have the ability to change any word or phrase throughout the system, everything from the previous and next buttons to the “Thanks!” button on the closing Thank You screen, to the alert messages that help patrons know what information to enter in a field. To start customizing your site’s language, head to Admin > Language Settings.

Patron Information Fields

submitterinfoIn this update, we’ve added 3 new fields to make capturing personal information from your patrons a whole lot easier. In the builder, you’ll now find fields that represent a patron’s Name, Email, and Phone Number. These fields offer simple masking, to help patrons enter information in the correct format. This helps ensure that if you ask people for their phone number, they’ll enter all required numbers. And better yet, for our LibCRM clients, these new fields tie directly into LibCRM, so form, survey, quiz and assessment submissions can be automatically captured and filed as part of the LibCRM record of contact.

Updates and Fixes

  • Improved Export Options – We’ve made major improvements to the data export options from the reports area in LibWizard.
  • Corrected Grading – In this update, we corrected a bug that occasionally cropped up in the “checkbox” field type; if there were multiple correct answers and a correct answer was required to continue, the grade for that field was reported incorrectly. We’ve since fixed this, and the fix is backward compatible, so all reports will now reflect the correct grade.
  • Corrected Preview Grading – Some folks noted that correct and incorrect answers were sometimes color-coded incorrectly in the “preview” area of reports. In these instances, the grading was still being calculated correctly, but answers were sometimes the incorrect color. This is now back to normal!
  • LibWizard Favicon – We’ve added a pretty, pink favicon image to LibWizard, so it’s easier to tell which tab in your browser has LibWizard open.
  • Date Field Validation – We’ve added basic validation to the Date field, so patrons will be prompted to enter a date in the correct format, and can’t submit non-date-related characters.

As always, thanks to everyone who contributed ideas for this release! We truly love hearing your ideas and feedback and look forward to hearing what you think!

LibWizard 1.7.4 Now Live!

The LibWizard 1.7.4 update is live, and we have lots of great new features to share. This update is all about streamlining new content creation, so you can create and share new surveys, quizzes, & assessments at blazing-fast speed. We have a ton of goodies in store, including a site-wide question bank, reusable questions throughout the system, and streamlined controls to help as you’re creating new assessments and tutorials. This update truly makes LibWizard a one stop shop for all of your data collection and assessment needs.

Question Bank

bankDo you find yourself using the same questions in multiple surveys & assessments? Perhaps you have a set of demographic questions you tend to ask everyone – like name, email address, and library affiliation – or perhaps you have more complex questions with correct answers and rules that you tend to reuse in multiple forms, surveys, quizzes, & assessments. Well have we got some great news to share – the question bank is here, and it’s going to make reusing questions a snap!

The question bank is a curated set of questions available for reuse by librarian in a LibWizard site. Admins create this set of questions and add them to a site’s question bank. To start creating questions, Admins can head to Admin > Question Bank, and click “Create Question” to start the party! Questions you add to the bank will then appear for all users in the “Bank” tab. This is a great way to create a master list of reusable questions to be shared by everyone in your system.

Reuse Questions

reusequestionSo, the Admin-curated Question Bank is going to be awesome (if we do say so ourselves 😉 ), but what if you’re a regular level user who just wants to reuse a question you’ve previously added, without getting the higher-ups involved? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered, too. With this update, we’re introducing a super simple “Reuse Question” feature to make reusing any question a snap.

To reuse a question, just click the “Reuse Question” link/button option in the builder. Select the name of the original form/survey/quiz/assessment from the list on the left, then choose the question you’d like to reuse from the resulting list on the right. Good to know: reused questions don’t retain a connection to the original item after reuse, so if the original question changes, the newly-reused question will not change. You can edit reused questions once they’ve been reused, making it a snap to customize reused questions in specific forms/surveys/quizzes/assessments.

Improved Question Grouping

groupThe question grouping function is a super-powerful tool. It makes it easy to refer to multiple questions using a single “group” name, and is a fantastic way to simplify any Rules you use to show/hide/stem questions. We’ve updated the way question groups work, making it super simple to create a group once, then assign as many questions to that group as you’d like using a simple dropdown list. To get started using groups, edit any question, select the Advanced Customization accordion, then add or select a group.

Tutorial/Assessment Updates

  • Improved Navigation in the Slide Builder – We’ve added several improvements to the slide builder screen to help streamline building assessments and tutorials. We’ve added handy Previous and Next links, so you can jump from slide to slide with ease, and we’ve added an “Add Slide” option so you can add a brand new slide without having to return to the workpad. You’ll see new options underneath the Slide Display area.
  • PDF Support – We’ve added support for displaying PDFs in assessments and tutorials. Now, when you create a new slide, you’ll see a new option for “PDF.” This makes showing static PDF documents in slides super easy!

Accessibility Updates & Bug Fixes

We’ve addressed a few known accessibility issues to ensure that LibWizard is fully accessible, right out of the gate. These include:

  • Skip Links – We’ve added standard Skip Navigation links to LibWizard, so folks who need to skip repetitive page navigation have a quick way to jump to the main content of forms, surveys, quizzes & assessments.
  • Iframe Titles – We’ve also added HTML titles to Iframes in assessments and tutorials.
  • PNG Images now responsive – Some of you may have noticed that PNG images added to slides in assessments and tutorials weren’t resizing responsively on smaller devices. Now they will!
  • Removed extra padding around span tags – Previously, when you added custom formatting to text in the rich text editor (like bold or italic text, special font sizes, etc.) the text also ended up with some extra padding on either side. We’ve corrected this, so you shouldn’t see extra padding being added in the future.
  • “Grid” questions are now graded correctly – Previously, there was an issue with grading the “Grid” question type, where the first answer was graded correctly but all subsequent answers were graded incorrectly. We’ve corrected this behavior in this update.

As always, thanks so much for your suggestions and comments on LibWizard. We can’t wait to hear what you think about the new reusability options, so please don’t hesitate to let us know what you think!

Train Future Librarians and Request a *Free* Suite of Springshare Tools

Graduating Librarians, Information Professionals, and School Media Specialists are entering a workplace that requires more and more specialized skills, knowledge, and experience. Things like:

  • Experience at building a LibGuide;
  • Knowledge of administering & maintaining a LibGuides system;
  • Skill in using virtual chat reference tools like LibChat;
  • Know-how with coordinating, managing, and advertising library events;
  • Expertise in building and creating interactive instructional tutorials.

At Springshare, we recognize that Librarians-in-Training are the future <cue cheesy music> of Librarianship and we want to help them be as prepared as possible for what’s to come!

To that end, we’re offering a free Suite of Springshare Tools to any and all LIS Programs, School Media Specialist certification programs, or M.Ed Programs, and others. If you’re not sure your school or program qualifies, just fill out the form below and inquire!

With your LIS Suite, students will gain real-world experience using Springshare Tools. Furthermore, it can serve as a living and online archive of their student work – invaluable to future employers.

What’s in the LIS Suite of Springshare Tools?

Each LIS Suite comes with the following Springshare tools and you’re welcome to choose one, a few, or all of the tools to utilize within your program. You don’t need to get the entire Suite if you don’t need it! But, we think you might like to make use of all the tools in your proverbial toolkit!

LibGuides LogoLibGuides CMS:  Students learn to curate knowledge and build multimedia-rich guides by:

  • Creating subject, course, or topical Guides
  • Creating a mock ‘Library Website’
  • Learning about Bootstrap in a user-friendly environment
  • Creating a mock ‘Staff Policies & Procedures’ manual

LibWizard Logo​LibWizard: Students learn to create interactive tutorials, quizzes, surveys, and forms to engage patrons by:

  • Building self-paced interactive tutorials and assessments
  • Assessing patron learning with quizzes
  • Creating engaging feedback surveys
  • Replacing paper forms with mobile-friendly online forms

LibAnswers LogoLibAnswers Platform: Students develop their virtual reference and reference interview skills by:

  • Practicing a live chat exchange using LibChat
  • Creating media-rich FAQs and learning best practices for keyword optimization
  • Practicing their reference interview via email, SMS, Twitter, and more

LibCal LogoLibCal: Students learn how to create engaging library programming and events, manage space bookings, and create their own one-on-one consultation scheduler by:

  • Practicing creating a library calendar with engaging events
  • Communicating and advertising events to patrons
  • Managing library spaces, study rooms, and bookable spaces
  • Creating their own schedule for librarian consultations and advertising them to patrons

Terms of Use – All the Fun Without the Jargon

  1. Your LIS Suite of Springshare Tools may only be used within your library school, educational, or certification program to train future librarians and information professionals on the use of Springy Tools.
  2. You / your designated group of local admins are front-line support for any questions your students or faculty have about using Springshare tools. They / you can have full access to our help documentation and training, but all support questions from students/faculty are routed through you. Basically, you know them better than we do so it makes sense for their questions to be answered locally!
    • If you / your designated group of local admins have questions or need to report any issues, contact Springshare Support.
You may not use Springy Tools to provide services to patrons or end-users.

What About Content on Other LIS Systems?

Since 2011, we’ve realized the importance in providing access to LibGuides for Librarians-in-Training. If you’ve created content on these systems, we’ve outlined your options below.

Request Your LIS Suite of Springshare Tools!

Ready to get started? Request your LIS Suite of Tools today!

 

LibWizard 1.7.3 Update Now Live!

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

Patron Email Confirmation on Survey Submission

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

Grading Updates for Correct Answers

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

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

Assessment & Tutorial Updates

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

Cross-Module Updates

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

Bug Fixes

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