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Material Recovery Post COVID Best Practices

New Normal for Material Recovery Post COVID? “New Normal” is our phrase of the day when thinking about material recovery post COVID. We’re sorting it out as we go, almost one day at a time. Nothing will be exactly as it was. Nor is it expected to be. Right? And how libraries “reshape” their service … Continue reading “Material Recovery Post COVID Best Practices”

Self-service, Full-Service, or Hybrid – Which UniqueChat Option is Best For Your Library?

UniqueChat, a live web chat software designed with the needs of libraries in mind, has three options that provide real-time assistance for patrons by translating over 100 languages, are easy to set-up, user-friendly, provides detailed analytics, and will look great on your website with multiple design and branding options. Ready for UniqueChat, but Unsure About … Continue reading “Self-service, Full-Service, or Hybrid – Which UniqueChat Option is Best For Your Library?”

UniqueChat is Tailored Specifically for Libraries

UniqueChat As we’re all navigating our way through the COVID-19 emergency, now more than ever, your website may wind up being your busiest branch. As patrons around the country adhere to stay-at-home orders and abide by social distancing guidelines, but still need the vital services offered by their local libraries, a live web chat is … Continue reading “UniqueChat is Tailored Specifically for Libraries”

Virtual Solutions for Public Libraries

Libraries are quickly adjusting to the new reality of serving patrons virtually. Suddenly adapting to a virtual branch without the help of an in-person librarian may be difficult for patrons during an already difficult time. Email forms are simple for staff to reply to but don’t come close to replacing a human conversation. This leads … Continue reading “Virtual Solutions for Public Libraries”

Designing a Live Chat Widget

An important part of adding live chat to your library’s website is choosing a live chat box widget. When designing a widget, you want to make sure that it matches your library’s branding, the look and feel of your website, and is also easy to use. With Live Chat from Unique, the options for a … Continue reading “Designing a Live Chat Widget”

How Toledo Lucas County Public Library Maintained Continuity of Service with Unique’s Patron Contact Center

Building projects can pose significant operational challenges for public libraries. When faced with the daunting, but welcome task of a year-long closure of a main or central library to provide a much needed, full renovation, there are many decisions to consider. For the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, one of those was “how are we … Continue reading “How Toledo Lucas County Public Library Maintained Continuity of Service with Unique’s Patron Contact Center”

Don’t be shy about protecting PII

Over the past 20 years, Unique has grown from a company devoted solely providing Gentle Nudge® recovery services to a company now offering a wide array of communication and engagement tools for libraries worldwide.  Regardless of the service(s) used, whether it be our Gentle Nudge® Recovery, National Change of Address, Print/SMS/Phone Notifications, Inbound Call/Chat or … Continue reading “Don’t be shy about protecting PII”

Making The Transition to A Fines Free Environment?

Many libraries are currently considering the adoption of fines-free policies as a way to increase the rate of return of overdue materials. Are you ready to be a fine-free library? Indeed, adjusting fine structure or creating a fines-free policy, may be an effective strategy for getting books back on shelves. More materials returned. Patrons restored … Continue reading “Making The Transition to A Fines Free Environment?”

Material Matters: Great To Be Back!

From Lyle Stucki, co-owner of Unique Management Services: Hello everyone!  It’s my great pleasure to introduce the first issue of our new and improved newsletter:  Material Matters! And the timing couldn’t be better. This year, Unique celebrates 25 wonderful years of service to public libraries—across the globe!—-having Gently Nudged literally millions of long overdue patrons … Continue reading “Material Matters: Great To Be Back!”

Product Spotlight: MessageBee

Unique has been the preferred patron communication provider, both staffed and software service solutions, for public libraries for 25+ years with ~2000 library partners worldwide. Modern libraries, both public and academic, rely on modern communications. Many library systems rely on additional services for marketing driven emails, but transactional emails remain unchanged. Message BEE modernizes ILS … Continue reading “Product Spotlight: MessageBee”