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Reference is Reference! Providing Quality Service via Chat, in Email, by Phone, and Beyond
For some, the phrase "virtual reference service" implies something less than "actual" reference service. Nothing could be further from the truth! During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many libraries that have not done much "virtual reference" in the past are finding that more and more patrons are requesting assistance over "virtual" channels. Regardless of medium, the goal is always quality service, authoritative information, and satisfied patrons. This webinar will focus on what quality reference service entails, how to utilize all the resources at your fingertips for your patrons, and how this all translates to interactions via chat, email, phone, and any other technology that may come along in the future!
Identify the foundational principles of quality reference service
Learn how to apply these foundational principles in various media
Discover online resources to easily share with "virtual" patrons
Don Boozer is Manager: Literature Department, Ohio Center for the Book, and Homebound Services at Cleveland Public Library.
Don is also an adjunct instructor at Kent State University School of Information teaching "Information Sources and Reference Services." Previously, Don was coordinator of Ohio's statewide online reference service, KnowItNow24x7; a subject librarian in Literature at Cleveland Public Library; and a reference librarian at Barberton Public Library