Friday, March 20, 2009

Sticky Fingers

Link to 2/1/2009 Library Journal article, "Let's Fix Virtual Reference".

Based on the observations of the students in my UW-Madison SLIS Reference and Information Services class, some fixin' is in order.

Frequent comments
1. Long waits
2. Long periods of silence/no word contact
3. Not understanding/unfamiliarity with topic
4. Too-quick referrals (related to 3)
5. Ending the interview prematurely

and especially,
6. Helping more than one person simulataneously.

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