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How many libraries use LibraryH3lp?

2619 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015   

To date, over 750 organizations use LibraryH3lp including those listed in the Wordle on our home page. Organizations who have used LibraryH3lp longer are shown in larger fonts. If you are a LibraryH3lp customer and would like to be added to our Wordle, please let us know!... read more

Do you have any training materials covering your webclient for staff?

2406 views   |   Last updated on Jul 26, 2015    staffing training webclient

Yes!  First up, users that are signed into the webclient can use our green "Show me how this works" button for an in-place tour. We also have several screencasts. Auto-logout: released July 26, 2015 We have added the ability for users to set the duration of their login session.  They'll see the option at the bottom of the "Choose Staffing Assignments" dialog box that shows up at each new login.  T... read more

Do I have to pay extra for the FAQ module in LibraryH3lp?

2160 views   |   Last updated on Nov 08, 2013    faq

Nope. Unlimited access to the FAQ module is included as part of your regular LibraryH3lp subscription and as part of every trial.... read more

Does LibraryH3lp work with LibGuides?

2148 views   |   Last updated on Aug 28, 2012    integrations cms

Yes! Here's how.... read more

Can I configure the sound notification in the webclient for staffing?

2004 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    webclient

Yes!  Our current webclient provides eight different alert sounds, and also an option to remain completely silent (handy for some public service desk situations).  Our old webchat client only provided one ever present alert sound and no customization options. Desktop clients are generally highly configurable with regard to visual and audio chat cues. Read more about alerting options... ... read more

Do you save chat transcripts?

1853 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    privacy transcripts

Transcript storage is optionally available for any chats on queues (this includes gateways).  Transcript storage is off by default; this leaves you in full control of whether or not transcripts are stored in the first place.  Chats directed to specific users (not queues) are treated as private conversations and are not logged in any way. If transcript storage is enabled, transcripts are still und... read more

What protocol does LibraryH3lp use for chat?

1746 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    staffing

​LibraryH3lp is based on XMPP, an open standard for instant messaging.  By nature of its openness, XMPP has many integration points into other software and systems.  For you, this means: IM gateways supporting patrons on all popular protocols. Your choice of client for staffing the system. The ability to staff from external accounts, such as Google, Microsoft Lync,  or your existing university XM... read more

What code do I have to put in my web page?

1574 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    chat widget installation

If you would like an embedded widget that is always visible, even when librarians are unavailable, a simple iframe will do the trick. For fancier behavior like proactive chat and customizable offline appearance, you can cut and paste a code snippet from our Services Designer. If you want full control over your customization, it is just a few divs and some JavaScript.... read more

What does Google's decreased XMPP support in Hangouts mean for my service?

1466 views   |   Last updated on Oct 29, 2014    google staffing integrations

It is difficult to be certain, but as of September 30, 2013, all of our XMPP Google integrations continue to work.  This includes Google Talk gateways and also staffing from inside Gmail using chat. Longer-term, the most reliable information we've found so far indicates that client-to-server XMPP communications will continue to be supported.  This means: Existing gateways should continue to wor... read more

How do I block problem guests?

1446 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    staffing abuse webclient

You can block problem guests during a chat by using the block button in the webclient, or the block option available in the external clients chat management page for other staffing clients. This works for chats originating from chat widgets or gateways, including texting. From the blocked guest's perspective, the operator will simply stop responding even if new chats are initiated.  More details. ... read more

Can I present the guest with an exit survey after a chat?

1439 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    chat widget webclient

Some people have had success with sending the patron a clickable link to a survey while they are still engaged in the conversation; you can include the survey link as part of your canned message responses. Another option is to embed a link to your survey within the title of your chat widget. Exit surveys are problematic because chats don't always have a cleanly-defined end (or beginning).  Student... read more

Does LibraryH3lp have any conference room (group chat) options for staff?

1395 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    group chat admin

Yes!  All accounts have unlimited conference room capabilities.   Getting Started Using the Conference Rooms tab in the LibraryH3lp admin dashboard, administrators can create rooms for staff.  Any number of rooms can be created, and users can be flexibly assigned to rooms as desired. Rooms are accessed through chat clients.  The LibraryH3lp webclient provides a user's conference rooms automaticall... read more

How is pricing structured?

1358 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    backup staffing pricing

Pricing is based upon population served, which is openly published on our pricing page. If you are interested in backup staffing, our partner, Chatstaff, prices their services separately. ... read more

Is the chat widget accessible to screen readers?

1317 views   |   Last updated on Sep 21, 2015    ADA 508 accessibility chat widget

Yes. The chat widget is tested with JAWS and because it is just HTML and JavaScript (no Flash), we expect it to work with other screen readers.  We always incorporate accessibility suggestions, and several universities that have evaluated the system for accessibility found it acceptable.  Generally, users of screen readers such as Jaws can navigate the widget using standard keyboard navigation.  W... read more

How much does the SMS add-on cost?

1304 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    texting pricing

Pricing details for our SMS packages can be found on our pricing page.  A few notes: Our SMS packages do not expire after a year.  Unused balance flows automatically into the next year. Each package includes the cost of a dedicated number for one year; after one year the number cost continues to decrease available left-over balance at the same rate. There is no setup fee. You can try it, no strin... read more

What kind of mobile device support do you have?

1294 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    chat widget texting mobile webclient

Every kind.  Our default widget does not require Flash and works well on mobile devices.  There is a specialized mobile widget with a more touch-friendly layout that works even better on mobile devices which is automatically presented to mobile guests.  We also support SMS and instant messaging integrations, so your mobile guests can contact you in whatever way best fits their workflow. But that'... read more

What reporting options are there?

1272 views   |   Last updated on Jul 21, 2015    statistics transcripts

You can actively monitor chat activity. You can generate historical reports over time periods in both graphical and table formats. We have reports showing chats per hour, month, protocol, queue, or librarian. You can also download, review and search transcripts. And if you need more, you can access all of this data programmatically via our API.  ... read more

Can I use LibraryH3lp outside the library?

1258 views   |   Last updated on Aug 12, 2015    pricing license

Yes! LibraryH3lp started out in libraries (oddly enough) but is widely used by admission offices, student advising services, and career counseling centers. The real question is, "Do I have to pay to run LibraryH3lp in my admissions office?" The answer there is, it depends. If you can work out an arrangement with your library to share their subscription, that is perfectly OK with us and there is no... read more

What is the meaning of life?

1225 views   |   Last updated on Sep 27, 2012   

Sorry! We just write virtual reference software. So we will refer you to Wikipedia, fount of all knowledge. ;-)... read more

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

1184 views   |   Last updated on Sep 15, 2012   

What do you mean? An African or European swallow?... read more

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