Keeping you up-to-date on what's happening at EP.
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JANUARY 22, 2016
Usability enhancements and a new time slots option for events
and a new time slots option
for events listings are on the way. Watch for the following changes beginning Feb 1: Usability enhancements
Patrons will now be able to determine whether there are openings for events that require registration on the event listing and calendar pages.
If registration is full, the Register button will be replaced with this message: "Sorry, registration is full. Please check back later." If registration is full but there is room available on a waiting list, the button will be labeled: "Waiting List". In addition, the tan Register Online button will change to "Register Now" and will be larger making it easier to select on mobile devices. For libraries with local stylesheets implemented the button's appearance will match other form submit buttons on your site. Thanks to Johnna Schultz, Adult Service Manager at Effingham (IL) Public Library for helping test these changes. New Time Slots Option
Do you offer events, like Read to a Dog, where you book multiple time slots during a single event? If so, you might be interested in the new time slots option. When using this option you specify a starting time, duration, number of slots and number of patrons per slot. When patrons register they select from an open time slot. The waiting list feature is also available allowing staff to assign patrons to slots as cancellations are received. Contact EngagedPatrons Support if you would like to enable this option for your library. Thanks to Rob Smithson, Library Assistant and Youth Services at Monona (WI) Public Library for suggesting this new feature.
JANUARY 12, 2015
Improvements to Library Events
Patrons registering for events are now be able to request a reminder via text message. Reminders are sent one day before the event is scheduled. Patrons can continue to request email reminders, as well. This enhancement was requested by EngagedPatrons member libraries. Thanks for the suggestion!
JANUARY 14, 2014
New to Events: Reminders for expiring events
When you add a new event to the calendar that has multiple dates, such as an ongoing series, you can now request a reminder email before the series expires. Nice for helping remember to extend the dates into the future if needed. A tip of the hat to Tara Gallegos at Stockton/San Joaquin County Public Library
for the suggestion!
OCTOBER 29, 2013
Improvements to events calendar
The calendar view has been updated with a more legible and contemporary look. The pop-up speech bubble providing more details about an event on mouse-over features a more attractive Netflix-like look. More details about the event are included and the behavior of the pop-up has improved with "smarter" appear/disappear triggers to better match patron expectations as they mouse from event to event.
JULY 17, 2012
Print registration list now shows photo release status
If you are using the photo release feature to gain permission from patrons for publicity purposes, you will appreciate that the sign-in printout now indicates each patron's photo release status. Thanks to Rob Smithson at Monona Library for the suggestion.
MAY 20, 2012
Events Listings Now Mobile-friendly
Your event listings now display appropriately on mobile devices. No new links need to be added to your website -- the page automatically detects the mobile device and re-formats the page to accommodate to the reduced width of the mobile screen.
MARCH 11, 2012
Search for Registrations by Patron Name
Have patrons asked you for a list of events for which they are registered? Now you can use the easy patron search feature on the Registration page to retrieve a printable list of events. Looking for all events for a family? Just enter the last name and a list will appear containing all family members. Select the family member from the list to display their current registrations. Thanks to Mike Schinn of Ridgewood (NJ) Public Library for suggesting this new feature!
JANUARY 2, 2012
Brief Listings Widget
You may already be aware that you can add a calendar widget to your home page (or any other page on your site) to lead your patrons to your events listings. New is a listings widget -- same idea but this widget shows the next few upcoming events at the library in a list format. You will find the HTML code needed to add this widget to your website in the Client Center -- look in the center column below the calendar widget. Like the calendar widget, the listings widget can be customized to meet your needs.
JANUARY 2, 2012
Photo Release for Events
Now available for the Library Events service, you can choose on an event-by-event basis if you want to prompt patrons to agree to a photo release. You decide how to phrase the release. If you are interested in adding this feature, just drop me a note – support at engagedpatrons.org.
JULY 6, 2011
Events Service Milestones
This month two milestones were reached by members using the Events service. Member libraries have entered over 500,000 events and registered over 100,000 patrons since 2006. That's a lot of activity! The ease and convenience of online registration certainly contributes to the success of library programming for patrons of all ages.
JUNE 15, 2011
Self-Cancellation for Events Reservation
Patrons can now cancel their own event registrations! After registering, patrons will be presented with a URL they can use to cancel their registration. The URL will also be included in email confirmations. Self-cancellation will be blocked
if there is a waiting list for the event -- patrons will be directed to contact the library.
DECEMBER 7, 2010
Using EngagedPatrons RSS with Yahoo! Pipes
The July/August 2010 issue of Computers in Libraries
includes an article describing how EngagedPatrons RSS feeds and Yahoo! Pipes can be combined to create a dynamic list of library events that can be embedded in the library's website. The article was written by Melissa Widner at Jasper County Public Library
. See the library's home page to see the Pipes widget in action and read the article for all the details.
AUGUST 22, 2010
PayPal Integration for Event Registrations
Libraries that charge admission to some events can now accept credit card payments online via PayPal. The payment is credited to the library's PayPal account and the registration list is automatically updated to show that payment has been received for that patron. There is a one-time setup fee of $100 to add this capability to your account. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 22, 2010
Event Registrations De-Duped
Have an occasional problem with patrons signing up twice for the same event? Now the registration program checks for duplicate registrations and blocks patrons who are signing up twice for the same event. Thanks to Alaina Dowd at Sayreville (NJ) Public Library for suggesting and testing this new feature.
MARCH 2, 2010
View My Events Expanded
The View My Events feature released in late January has now been expanded to allow patrons to track any and all upcoming events that might interest them, not only those for which they are registered. To enhance patron privacy, users will now be prompted for a password along with their email address to access their Events.
In addition, new social features have been added to View My Events. Patrons can email their event listings to a friend, or post their library events to Facebook, Twitter or delicious.
JANUARY 31, 2010
View My Events
Patrons now have the option of viewing all the event registrations associated with their email address. After clicking the new View My Events link at the top of the Events page the patron is prompted for their email address. If the patron has registered for upcoming events (and included their email address) their events will be listed in tabular form on the results page. Patrons have the option to cancel their registration by clicking the Cancel Reservation button next to each event. The cancel option is not available if the event has a waiting list. Email confirmation messages sent when patrons register will include a link to this new feature.
JANUARY 29, 2010
New WYSIWYG Editor
The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editing software used to enter and enhance blog posts and events descriptions has been updated. The most useful improvement is automatic spell checking, which works much like Microsoft Word. You can right-click on misspelled word to get a suggested spelling.
JANUARY 23, 2010
View Past Events
Libraries that do not have events deleted automatically will now have a new way to view past events. The View Events screen will continue to show current and future events. To view past events (for cloning
, etc.) click on the new View Past Events button at the top of the page. Thanks to the EP members who suggested and provided feedback on this new feature.
JANUARY 11, 2010
Customize the Calendar Widget
Did you know you can customize the colors of the calendar widget? (See the post below for more information on the widget.) The Iframe code contains values for the border color, link color, cell background color and primary background color. You have the option to change these values to match the color scheme of your site.
JUNE 7, 2009
Mini-Calendar Widget Now Available
Now libraries using the events service have the option of placing a small calendar widget on their home page to alert patrons to upcoming events at the library. Dates with events scheduled are highlighted on the calendar. Clicking the date displays library events being held on that date.
APRIL 9, 2009
In response to a member suggestion, you can now easily "clone" a new event listing from an existing listing. To clone an event, view the list of your current events in the Client Center. Click the new clone icon on the next to each existing listing. A new event data entry screen appears with the title and description of the event already filled in for you.
Add to Calendar
This new link, which appears with each events listing, allows your patrons to add a library event to their personal electronic calendar. Supported calendars include Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple's iCalendar and more.
Color Coding for Events
Using the new calendar view for your events calendar? Interesting in color coding your events listings to make them easier for your patrons to browse for events of interest? Contact us for more details. View an example from Jasper County Public Library.