1st Edition

Virtual Reference Handbook
Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-mail Environments

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ISBN 9781856046268
Published March 22, 2007 by Facet Publishing
152 Pages

USD $84.95

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Book Description

Instant messaging, email, and chat reference are already here, but have you adapted your traditional reference interview and information provision skills to these new formats?

Diane K. Kovacs has assembled this handbook to help reference librarians develop the communication skills and resources they need to work effectively in the digital reference environment. The handbook demonstrates how to adapt traditional face-to-face reference interview skills to the virtual interview, and how to interpret and use new communication techniques - chat slang, instant messaging shorthand, emoticons, etc - to better serve your users.

For both chat and email transactions, the author outlines strategies for analysing the question, conducting the interview, developing a search strategy, and delivering sources in the best information formats for users.

Packed with guidance throughout on how to deliver content that is truly timely and value-added, this practical guide offers everything reference librarians need to move from the face-to-face to the virtual transaction with ease.

Table of Contents

1. Technical, Communications and Reference Skills and Knowledge for Virtual Reference Librarians 2. Acquire and Improve Technical Skills and Knowledge for Virtual Reference 3. Practice and Expand Communications Skills and Knowledge for Virtual Reference Interview 4. Maintain and Build Reference Skills and Knowledge.

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