These are some of the frequently used terms and phrases on our site and helpdesk. We hope this helps, and of course welcome feedback if you want us to add new terms here!
Account Creator: This is the person who is the "owner" of the account and who logs in with their credentials.
Reader: This is the person for whom an account creator is logging reading or activities. There may be more than one reader attached to the account.
NOTE: The account creator and reader could also be the same person. For example, if an adult or teen signs up to participate in a program, they will create an account and register themselves as a reader, too. On the other hand, a parent might sign up a child and not themselves. In that case, the parent is the account creator, and the child is the reader.
Prize/Reward: This is a reward received for completing a challenge or earning a badge. A reward can be attached to any badge within a challenge.
Badge: Virtual rewards for certain milestones within challenges.
Badge Group: A set of badges around a particular theme. You may see badge groups when setting up a challenge.
Challenge: Any seasonal and/or ongoing reading programs such as summer reading, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and adult and teen book clubs.
Events: A one-time or regularly planned happening at your library.
Activity Badge: A series of activities, often based on a specific subject or theme or for a particular challenge. These used to be referred to as learning tracks.
Achievement: Global congratulatory badges that pop up as a surprise reward for individual readers when they achieve certain reading goals that are not connected to challenges, like adding their first friend, logging their first book, reading on a holiday, etc. Achievements are determined by the central Beanstack team.
Streak: The number of consecutive days a reader logs reading (minutes, books, pages, or days). Streaks can only be earned for reading (not for activities, reviews, etc.) and take into account backdated reading.
Book List: A great way to recommend several books all at once! They can be based on a specific topic, theme, age group, or grade level.
Book Reviews: Readers are able to write a review of what they have read and logged in their Beanstack Reading Log. Before a review displays in the reviews section on the front end of your site, it must first be approved by a library administrator.
Log Type: Different ways in which someone might be tracking reading in Beanstack. Log types include days, minutes, books, and pages.
Template: A template is a challenge made by the central Beanstack team that is ready for you to implement on your site. You may use the template as-is or tailor it to your site's needs.
View Reader Experience: The link at the bottom of a staff member's page that takes you to that account's view as a patron. It does not mean you can see the view of the reader whose page you have pulled up to view. Rather, it is your account's view as a patron/reader.