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ERIC Number: EJ792894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Combining IM and Vendor-Based Chat: A Report from the Frontlines of an Integrated Service
Ward, David; Kern, M. Kathleen
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v6 n4 p417-429 Oct 2006
Driven by studies showing that Millennials (ages 18-24) have adopted IM (instant messaging) as a standard communications medium, many libraries are reaching out to their own patrons in this way. At the same time, some of these libraries have invested thousands of dollars in vendor-based chat reference solutions that provide duplicate functionality. This article assesses a pilot project that offered both IM and vendor-based chat reference simultaneously to users. Impact on workflow, staff stress, training, and other management issues are highlighted, as well as evidence of user preferences and an evaluation of best practices for offering multi-service chat reference. (Contains 8 tables and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois