Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 beautiful acres in Lynchburg, VA, Liberty offers over 450 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, and is home to more than 100,000 residential and online students.
A big part of bringing this community together is Liberty's online calendar. Yet before Localist, Liberty's calendar was very basic and difficult to use. Internally created, the calendar left little opportunity to add details about events.
For students, there were no social features, and no ways to leave comments and feedback. Plus, to change details or make updates after an event had been loaded initially, staff had to delete the old event and start from scratch.
For Liberty's campus community, bustling with events, this was not enough.
Liberty made the switch to Localist, and has since realized the benefits of a well-supported, dynamic solution. Here's a few ways Localist has changed the online calendar game for Liberty:
Liberty can white-label Localist to match their brand, and can continue to change Localist as Liberty's brand evolves.
Through allowing many trusted users to request events, the calendar has gathered more events around campus than it did before, and has become a snapshot for what's going on at Liberty. Events can be updated in real time -- no more duplicating and deleting events for Liberty staff.
Customizable features have allowed Liberty to make changes to fit their community, such as adding a tab for off-campus events to help students find events in the wider community that match Liberty's Christian values.
Students love the connections with social networks and mobile compatibility. They also enjoy having conversations in the comments section, building buzz about popular events.
Condensing location, directions, and ticket buying information has saved Liberty staff a lot of time. Before, staff used to have to provide this information over the phone. Now, they can simply point callers to Localist.
Localist is straightforward yet flexible, which we all like. The Localist team were extremely responsive and reliable and helped us customize the calendar to fit our needs.
This feedback is echoed by Liberty University Scheduler Mitria Vaughter, who manages Liberty's day-to-day events using Localist. She's saved a lot of time because of how user-friendly Localist is, allowing her to spend more time finding additional events and creating detailed descriptions.
Students don't like to call, so they love it when they can find everything they need to know in one place.