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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.

 

SpringyCamp 2018: Recordings Available & Sign-Up for Session 3!

SpringyCamp Summer Series 2018 is in full-force! And while Sessions One and Two are over (we’ll never forget the times we sang around the campfire), there is still more ‘Camp to be had!

What’s SpringyCamp?

SpringyCamp is our virtual user conference where Springshare users share how they’re using Springy Tools inside their library. Get inspired, receive practical tips and applications…all from the comfort of your computer.

Learn about best practices for building LibGuides, embedding the library into the curriculum, setting up a virtual badge program, and more. And bonus, the virtual s’mores are calorie-free!

Register for SpringyCamp 2018 Session 3 August 15 1pm to 3:15pm US Eastern Time

  • Date: Wed, August 15 – 1:00pm – 3:15pm U.S. ET
  • View Presenter Lineup: Summer Session 3 Basecamp
  • Register for Session 3: Sign-Up today, it’s free!
  • Cost: 100% Completely Free! Exclusive event for Springshare Customers only.
  • Audience: All user-levels and library-types are welcome to join!

‘Camp Lives On… In Our Memories

Missed Summer Session 1 and 2? No worries, all SpringyCamps are recorded! Access presenter materials, recommended websites, and more.

2017 SpringyCamp Summer Series: Registration Now Open!

Day One of our 3-Day SpringyCamp Summer Series is now open for registration!

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What’s SpringyCamp?

SpringyCamp is our virtual user conference where real-life Springshare users share how they’re using Springy Tools inside their library. Get inspired, receive practical tips and applications…all from the comfort of your computer. Plus the virtual s’mores are completely calorie-free. 😛

Program Details:

Date: July 11: 1pm – 3pm.
All times listed in U.S. Eastern Time

Cost: 100% Completely Free! Exclusive event for Springshare Customers only.

Audience: All user-levels and library-types are welcome to join us!

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

Presenter Lineup!

Alice KalinowskiLibGuides Redesign Project Enhanced Liaison Librarian Outreach Efforts
Alice Kalinowski, Librarian for Business, University of Pittsburgh
Description:
This session will explore some unintended benefits of a comprehensive LibGuide re-design project, particularly for new liaisons or those wishing to reevaluate their outreach activities. The benefits include developing relationships with instructors, learning advanced subject-specific database features, taking advantage of new LibApps products and tools, and thinking more strategically about outreach and marketing to various groups.

 

Claire MillerShifting to a Jumpstart Model Improves Student Outcomes
Claire Miller, Librarian, South Florida State College
Description:
Shifting from a list of databases and print books to a research “jumpstart” model improves reference efficiency, enhances student research skills, and allows librarians to model what academic resources look like. Shifting our Literature LibGuide to the “jumpstart” model tripled our usage and has improved the reference transaction, student outcomes, and faculty buy-in. This presentation examines how the change in our LibGuides helps meet our students research needs without spoon-feeding them content, and the nuts and bolts of designing your own “jumpstarts”.

 

Brittany O'NeillReaching Students In-Person and Beyond
Brittany O’Neill, Assistant Professor and Librarian at Hodges University, Naples, Florida
Description:
This presentation will detail how I have integrated myself into the curriculum through faculty partnerships. Harnessing the power of several LibApps tools, I have been able to build successful relationships with on- and off-campus students and gather great feedback for future semesters. This strategy uses a combination of surveys in LibWizard, helpful guides in LibGuides, individual research consultations using LibCal, and custom chat widgets from LibAnswers to create a continuous and expanding library presence in liberal studies courses. This presentation will cover both the strategies for collaborating with faculty on this integration and examples of how I’ve used these tools for instruction, outreach, and assessment.

 

Amanda PeachCelebrating Scholarship with LibGuides
Amanda Peach, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Berea College, Kentucky
Description:
Recently Hutchins Library undertook two projects within LibGuides which celebrate the scholarship of our students and faculty. These guides serve as more than virtual placeholders for the local physical collections they represent, though – they add value to these collections. The first project was the creation of our BC Scholarship collection, which are individual profiles of campus staff and faculty members that offer insight into their expertise as well as access to their body of scholarly or creative works. The second project was the digitization of a large collection of zines donated by an alum several years ago. This collection became the inspiration for a collaboration between the library and our Graphic Design faculty members, who soon began to include a zine component in their course curriculum, requiring students to create their own original zines which were later gifted to the library and added to the online zine repository. Attendees will learn from our experience as we share insight gleaned from our process as well as tricks and tips for using the unique features in LibGuides CMS that made these projects so easy to pull off. 

 

October 2016 SpringyCamp Recordings – Now Live!

SpringyCamp October 2016Another year, another memorable and spectacular SpringyCamp. A huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing presenters and attendees who participated – thanks for making this one of our best SpringyCamps yet!

Recordings of our three-day SpringyCamp are now online! Check out the presentations you missed, download presenter slides and recommended websites and readings, and relive the experience. S’mores are required, friendships bracelets are optional. 😉

Recordings

Day One: Academic Library Track

Presentations include:

Day Two: Academic Library Track

Presentations include:

Day Three: Focus On Your Community

Presentations include:

SpringyCamp Design For Your Users: Registration Now Open! (Oct 5-7)

Program Information:

Dates: October 5 – 7, 2016
Times vary by day; all times listed in U.S. Eastern Time.

Cost: Completely, 100% free!

Audience: Exclusive event for Springshare Customers.

  • Academic Library Track: Oct 5-6
  • LibGuides – Focus on Community: Oct 7

Don’t let the above tracks limit you – if you’re a public librarian, feel free to attend sessions in the Academic Library Track. Register for one, two, or all three days – you pick and choose which days work for you! And don’t forget to bring your virtual s’mores because this is gonna be a campfire you won’t want to miss.

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

SpringyCamp Website


Academic Library Track: Day One (Oct 5: 11:30am – 3:15pm)

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11:40am – 12:40pm: Right on Time! Using LibGuides to Highlight Current Events

Lemonade LibGuide

#Libeyrianship: Using Pop Culture to Promote Information Literacy

Pokemon Go

From Aliens to Zika: Creating Time-Sensitive, Topical Guides

Black Lives Matter LibGuide

Learning Community Project: Social Issues Prompting Collaboration and Dialogue

12:40pm – 12:50pm: Short Break

12:50pm – 2:10pm: Using Springy Products to Connect with Users

Alvin Dantes           Melissa Del Castillo

Ask Us @FIU Libraries: Visually Focused & Intuitive

Amanda Peach
It’s Not Magic…It’s LibWizard
Elissa Checov           Yang Song

It’s About Them! Managing Transition with a User Focus.

2:10pm – 3:05pm: Using Springshare Products to Build and RE-Brand Your Library Homepage

Emily Newbury
Doctored Homepage or: how I learned to stop worrying about Drupal and love LibGuides CMS
Dana Defebbo
Going All In: Resigning the Library Website with Springy Suite

3:05pm – 3:15pm: Closing Comments and Q & A


Academic Library Track: Day Two (Oct 6: 11:30am – 3:30pm)

11:40am – 12:55pm: Using Springy Tools to Engage Staff

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John Hernandez
LibGuides 2.0 Toolkit for Staff
Ashley Creek “Ready, Set, Go!”: Using LibGuides Training Modules to Quickly Orient New Student Employees and Streamline Training
Andrew Adler
A (Lib)Wizard of a Training: Using LibWizard Tools to Train Your Student Workers

1:00pm – 1:10pm: Short Break

1:10pm – 1:55pm: Highlighting Collections with LibGuides

Latanya Jenkins
Using LibGuides to Promote Black History Month
Dianne MuellerKids Books Invade the University Library

1:55pm – 3:10pm – Using Springshare Products to Build and RE-Brand Your Library Presence

Kendall HinesleyThe CSUDH Library Website: From Fragmented and Unamenable, to Streamline and Usable
PJ Purchase            Karen Grondin
LibGuides for All! Working Toward an Accessible Library Experience
Shanti FreundlichWhen Two Become One: Developing a Digital Home for a Teaching & Learning Center

3:10pm – 3:30pm: Closing Comments and Q & A


LibGuides – Focus on Community: Oct 7: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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1:10pm – 2:10pm: Right on Time – Showcasing Current Events and Community Issues with LibGuides

Andrew TadmanLibGuides in Baton Rouge: Resources for a Struggling Community
Gianna GiffordUsing LibGuides to Engage the Community – Boston Public Library
Melanie HigginsUsing LibGuides to Share More Than Library Resources

2:10pm – 2:25pm: Short Break

2:30pm – 2:55pm: Scouring the archives and hacking LibGuides to celebrate 125 years of library service in Massachusetts

Callan Bignoli

In 2015, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners celebrated their 125th year of service. MBLC staff collaborated on a library fact-finding mission that sent them all over the Web – deep into the Digital Commonwealth online archive and dozens of Massachusetts history sites – and digging through hundreds of files, photos, and annual reports in our Boston office.

3:00-3:25pm – Ashe County 2016 Reading Challenge

suzanne moore

laura mcphersonThis presentation will show others how readers advisory can involve community participation and encourage readers to diversify their reading by discovering new books and authors.  Viewers will get a look at how the guide works, as well as tips for creating, marketing, and gaining community support. Check out the Guide.

3:30pm: Closing Comments and Q&A

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

SpringyCamp: R2V2 Redesigning & Reimagining with v2 Tools

SpringyCamp

Program Information:

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

Cost: Completely, 100% free

Audience: Exclusive Event for Springshare Customers!

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

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

SpringyCamp Website


Tech Time with Springy Tools Pre-Conference

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

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

Presenters:


Building Better

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

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

Presenters:


Enhancing Collections and Library Services w/ Springy Tools

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

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

Presenters:

SpringyCamp Recordings – Now Live!

SpringyCamp

 

SpringyCamp: Springovation may be over, but the ideas and inspirations shared will stay with us forever! A huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the presenters and attendees who participated  – thanks for making this the largest and most fun SpringyCamp to date.

Recordings of our two-day extravaganza are now online! Check out presentations you missed, relive the experience, and participate in the conversation in our session discussion boards.

SpringyCamp is Almost Here!

SpringyCamp -Springshare4Everyone

We are so excited that SpringyCamp is SO CLOSE, but the most exciting bit of info is for you:

There are still a few seats available!

Thursday’s Springovation program has a few seats left, as does Friday’s Techie Talk track.

So join us for awesome presentations, great company, and maybe some campfire songs / ghost stories before we tuck in for the night. 😉

Register here:

Tick Tock, Time is Running Out! Submit your SpringyCamp Proposal Today

We’re seeking SpringyCamp proposals  and there are only two days left to get your submission in!

What is SpringyCamp, you’re probably asking yourself! SpringyCamp is Springshare’s bi-annual virtual conference where you can learn how colleagues from around the world are using Springshare tools. Springshare4Everyone is this year’s conference theme and we’re looking for submissions on how you’re using Springshare products – easy peasy!

Submit your proposal by March 10th.

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SpringyCamp Recordings Now Live!

SpringyCamp – Focusing on UX may be over but you can still join us ’round the campfire. SpringyCamp recordings are now available! We’ve recorded each presentation separately so you can pick and choose which sessions you’d like to watch!

Plus:

  • Download presenter PowerPoints;
  • Use Pru’s integrating LibGuides with Blackboard code;
  • Contact presenters with your questions;
  • Participate in our active discussion boards.

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