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Top 10 Springshare Blog Posts of 2021

Can you believe it is 2022 already? Here at Springy HQ, we’re working hard on strategic plans for the year including mapping out some awesome new features coming your way, planning our training session schedule, upcoming SpringyCamps, and more. But before we start off our 2022 blogging at 100mph, let’s do our annual recap of last year’s best blog posts. Without further ado, here are the best posts of 2021! 1. New Year, New Springy Tips Update your LibGuides Profile January 13, 2021 This blog post is as applicable today as it was in January 2021. We have quick tips, each…

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Get One-on-One Help With Springshare Consulting

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t do everything by ourselves… all the time. Not only is it a surefire way to burnout, but there is a high probability that things will get missed, overlooked, or steamrolled over. And that’s why Springshare is here to help. Last month we launched our new consulting services program to help you get the most out of your Springshare…

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Code Release: New LibCal, LibAnswers, LibApps, LibStaffer and LibInsight features coming your way!

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, April 9. Read about LibCal | LibAnswers | LibApps | LibStaffer | LibInsight. LibCal Interactive Seat/Space Mapping Our interactive Seat & Space booking module is here! With this new feature, your students and patrons can now select their desired Seat or Space with interactive maps…

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Creating a Regional Chat Cooperative – Learning Lab

Last week we had the pleasure of sitting down, albeit virtually, with three amazing librarians to talk about virtual chat reference and the importance of having support from a regional, and global, chat cooperative. Caitlin Kenney (Engagement and Education Services Coordinator at the Western New York Library Resources Council) and Cornell University Librarians Leah Dodd (Research Lead Librarian), and Virginia Cole (Archaeology, Classics, History, and Medieval Studies Librarian) joined us for a…

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A Short #MyLibLifeReality Follow-Up

Last month we asked librarians and library workers to share their #MyLibLifeReality moments with us, knowing it was a bit of a long shot even though we loved the idea.  Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed the absence of videos in our March newsletter. And, well, you can probably guess where this is going — sometimes things don’t pan out as you hope! Every programming and outreach librarian can relate to…

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Easier Contactless Pickups for Everyone

Contactless/curbside holds pickup started out as a method for safely delivering holds to patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic and will probably be here to stay… for good. And that’s a great thing! According to a recent Forbes article, curbside pickup is not going anywhere, even post-pandemic, because customers simply love it. “The benefit of curbside is primarily the ability to order ahead, which should translate to no waiting. Customers don’t…

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Coming Soon: LibCal Interactive Mapping!

A couple of weeks ago, SpringyNews readers were treated to a sneak peek of our new, optional LibCal mapping module slated for April launch. We’re sharing more info about it today, including an awesome video below showing the maps in action. Functional, Interactive Maps That Put Your Users First Our mapping module adds a new “wow!” factor to the process of booking library spaces and seats. With it, students and…

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Help Where Patrons Need It: A Partnership With Lean Library

Today’s a big day here at Springy HQ! We’re excited to announce our partnership with Lean Library, a browser extension from SAGE Publishing, that delivers library services directly into the patron’s workflow via a customizable plugin. The partnership will begin by integrating LibGuides with the Lean Library browser extension – allowing librarians to deliver contextual point-of-need instruction. And this is just the beginning! We’ll be adding more integrations soon, including…

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LibWizard for Usability Testing – Springshare Learning Lab

In case you missed yesterday’s Springshare Learning Lab on how to use LibWizard for Usability Testing, you are not out of luck! We recorded yesterday’s webinar including the presenter’s slides and the link to the amazing article they wrote. Watch, download, and read all from the Springshare Learning Lab website. Quick Overview Special guest speakers, Mikala Narlock and Abby Shelton, discussed a University of Notre Dame project on virtual usability…

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Share Your #MyLibLifeReality

We miss seeing library friends! Let’s catch up.1) Share your #MyLibLifeReality video w/ us by Feb 26.2) We’ll make a donation to @BlackGirlsCode.3) Highlights will be featured in March #SpringyNews & on social.Learn more https://t.co/qgYWWfrtNb #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/HPbplAptU2 — springshare (@springshare) February 16, 2021 It’s still, definitely, winter, and our thoughts are with those in Texas and the rest of the United States dealing with the aftermath of last week’s extreme…

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Newcastle University: LibWizard In Lieu Of In-Person Instruction

The dynamics experienced in a live instruction session are truly unique, so much so, that even when you’re teaching a course that you’ve taught for many years, you can still feel nervous or excited. You never know what can happen in a classroom. The interaction between the teacher and the students, the questions that spark more interesting questions, and the new perspectives, often result in everyone learning something. This is…

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