Like most of our products, Room Reserve is predominately used by public libraries. However, the colleges and universities that use Room Reserve constantly blow us away with the sheer volume of room reservations they handle on a daily basis. It’s as if all those college kids need to study or something – hundreds and hundreds of study room requests! Whoa!
When you’re handling all those requests, it’s hard to take the time to archive reservations, but we highly recommend that you take the time to do so. It’s as easy as enabling the auto-archive feature in your system settings. Grab a cup of coffee at some quiet morning hour, hunker down in your office, and do a massive bulk archive of all those old reservations. Then set the auto archive feature and suddenly, life will be quite a bit easier!
Why? You ask…
1) Your search results if you’re seeking a specific reservation will be much more brief
2) Your system will become MUCH faster if you’ve had a ton of reservations just hanging out. Much faster. Faster than the cars leaving campus during Spring Break. (Impressive, no?)
Question about how to do this? Email email@example.com, and we’ll walk you through the details.
The newest version of Summer Reader will be available the first week of March. Here is a list of the newest feature updates that you will see after your product upgrade:
- Added Mobile Interface
- Improved Style Sheet Editor – features easy navigation between programs and style classes that are easier to find now that the CSS is split up among sections rather than entire pages
- Improved Preview function – all pages can be previewed (even pages that contain patron data when the program does not contain any registrants)
- Evanced Messaging – receive important updates from Evanced when logging in or from the navigation menu
- Improved HTML layout for public pages – changed mostly table-based layout to div-based layout for easier CSS application
- Added Novelist Select support for reviews
- Added support for Random Drawing Templates – so drawing filters can be saved and recalled at any time
- Added a “Test” feature to Random Drawings – allows users to run drawings without saving results
- Added Selected Logging Type, Language Selection, Age Months and Staff Notes to reports
- Improved “Set Program Order” page and added an option for setting the order for staff-side
- Added “Member Program Exclusion” setting that allows programs to be excluded from program-selection list when a managing member adds a new child member (for family registration)
- Added “Random Drawing Prizes” role option so that permissions for awarding drawing prizes could be separate from “Random Drawings” which allows user access to perform random drawings
- Added “Other Prize Notification” pop-up which appears on the staff-side when a patron becomes prize eligible for program/patron goal prizes (configured in System Settings when using Basic Security or in Role options if using Advanced Security)
- Added Prize Descriptions – ability to add detailed message to both patron and staff describing the exact prize they have received upon reaching a reading goal
If you have any questions or would like to schedule your upgrade, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an Events customer, then you probably know quite a bit about the Notify Me function of Events. When we first started out, the same feature was called “E-Notify” and you may know the feature by that term.
Notify Me is a handy button at the top of event descriptions. When a patron clicks that button, they are offered a chance to sign up for an email notification that let’s them know when similar events are posted on the events calendar. So, if a patron enjoys attending computer classes and signs up for Notify Me, they’ll receive an email every time you post new computer classes.
Notify Me is tied to other software features, such as the nightly status email and the subscriber reports. If your library has chosen to activate nightly status emails, someone on your staff is receiving an email letting them know how many reminders were sent out about events that have been registered for, as well as emails sent to those who have signed up for Notify Me.
The Subscriber Reports (called Subscriber Lookup and Subscriber Detail) let you see who has signed up for Notify Me and what event types they are most interested in. There is a wealth of marketing information in this data for your library. For instance, if you’re wondering why you haven’t had a lot of attendance at certain events, it can be useful to invite your Notify Me subscribers who have an interest in that event type to come in to the library for a brief focus group. You can also send them an email survey. It’s a great way to get direct feedback from those who would be most likely to attend your events, and it helps you to quickly identify patrons with interest.
There is a lot to that single little button and it’s helped libraries build a following for programs of all types. How has Notify Me helped your library?
If you have any questions about this feature, please email or call Support: email@example.com or 888-519-5770.