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Code Release: New LibCal, LibAnswers, LibInsight, LibGuides, & LibConnect Updates Coming Your Way!

LibCal, LibAnswers, LibConnect, & LibInsight releases are on their way to you next week, and will be live in all regions by the end of day on Friday, May 27, 2022. LibGuides/LibApps release will be live in all regions by the end of day on Friday, June 3, 2022. LibCal The credit card payment screen now supports Name & Zip Code for payments. Admin-side users can trigger and submit credit card payments for pending bookings from the admin pages. A note about Microsoft Exchange Online & the Basic Auth Method: Recently, Microsoft notified customers still using Basic Auth protocols for…

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LibGuides – 150th Member Site!

With the addition of Springfield Technical Community College this morning, the LibGuides membership has grown to 150 sites! Our community has grown by an impressive 60 sites since January, and we are expecting even better things for the remainder of the current school year. LibGuides would not be nearly this successful without the support of our excellent community members, so THANK YOU to all the LibGuides advocates out there. As…

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Great New Layout for Books

Last week we had a few people ask if we could improve the layout of the book boxes within LibGuides.  The development team really hustled this weekend, and we are happy to announce that the requested changes went live this evening.  While there are some small changes regarding the layout, and the addition of an ISBN/ISSN field, the big change is the addition of cover art for each book added…

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Introducing LibGuides Community Features

We are thrilled to introduce a new chapter in the LibGuides (r)evolution – LibGuides community site, at  http://community.libguides.com. You can also access this site by clicking on the “Community” tab on the LibGuides admin screen. The community site makes it possible to search guides of all our member institutions. Imagine the possibilities – a global community of thousands of cutting-edge librarians (2,500 as of March 2008), publishing useful content (4,800 guides and counting), sharing…

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LibGuides Member Spotlight – SCC and the BCLS

We wanted to take a moment to highlight two of our newest community members, and the innovative ways they are using LibGuides to provide more than just subject-guides. Scottsdale Community College has both a “traditional” LibGuides system, as well as a second site which they are using as their library homepage.  This allows the librarians to make website updates quickly and easily, without having to contact IT or a Systems…

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LibGuides Widgets Statistics

Widgets are the unsung heroes of LibGuides. They are a great way to embed your LibGuides into blogs, course management systems, social networks, etc. We’ve made an enhancement to the statistics package in LibGuides to enable you to track the number of visits to your guides from widgets. In other words, when you look at the statistics for an individual guide, you will be able to see how many visits came from the widget…

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LibGuides and Course-Specific Research

We recently came across a post from Sara at the world famous Tactless Librarian blog, that presents an interesting use for LibGuides.  Sara has been creating research guides for course-specific instruction sessions held at the library.  These “class shortcut pages” contain all the information presented during the instruction session, including reference tools, polls, and of course links to those expensive subscription databases: “One database, Literary Reference Center, got 80 hits that month from…

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Front Page Material!

We are happy to report that LibGuides made the front page of The Butler Collegian last week. The article outlines all the right reasons for the success of LibGuides at Butler, and echoes what we’ve heard from our member libraries world-wide. All of us at Springshare are very proud that LibGuides is bringing libraries and patrons closer together and changing the ways libraries deliver information to patrons. As one Butler…

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One Hundred (and change!)

Springshare is proud to announce that our LibGuides community has reached 101 member libraries – including many of the world’s most innovative academic, public and special libraries!  We are amazed at how rapidly our community is growing, and how LibGuides is quickly becoming a premiere destination for research and study. Thank you to our existing members for making LibGuides such a success, and for those of you that are considering a subscription, we…

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Adding LibGuides to the iPhone Home Screen

Thanks to a recent software update from Mr. Jobs and the rest of the brilliant minds at Apple, iPhone users are now able to add custom icons to their homescreen.  To add a nice and shiny LibGuides icon to your nice and shiny iPhone, follow these simple steps: 1) Open up your Safari browser on the iPhone and browse to your LibGuides website, for example http://demo.libguides.com. 2) Tap the plus…

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New Version of LibGuides!

We are pleased to announce a new, improved, better, cooler version of LibGuides. It was rolled into production a few days ago and the first impressions from our community are very positive. Kudos are rolling in and it is music to our ears! Thanks to all of you who contributed your ideas, suggestions, and feature requests, which all resulted in this new version. Here is the overview of new features….

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