If you are using Meebo Messenger, the service will be shutting down on July 11th.  Are you looking for a replacement to chat with your students or patrons?  Then Ask A Librarian is the switch you are looking for.  Ask A Librarian can provide you with the same chat availability by embedding a widget on your library website. Ask A Librarian is a free service funded through the Florida Electronic Library: As Florida’s collaborative virtual reference service, Ask A Librarian allows users to connect with librarians via live chat, texting, and email for assistance with reference questions and research.  Ask A Librarian is funded under the provisions of the LSTA from the IMLS and administered through the State Library of Florida. The service offers participating libraries FREE collaborative software, a local desk option, and an email management system. We also provide in-depth statistical reports. Widgets and Instant Invite: Widgets, embedded links making interactive chat seamless, and Instant Invite, a proactive chatting service, make Ask A Librarian an integral part of your virtual reference program.  Statistics have shown a significant increase in local chat for libraries that use Instant Invites and have a widget embedded on their site. Widgets:

  • Option to set up and chat similar to Meebo Messenger
  • Customize your widget with your library colors, fonts, and themes
  • Availability to embed on multiple website pages including Primo and LibGuides
  • Set up to chat or email if a librarian in unavailable

Instant Invite

  • Many customization options available
  • Enables librarians to proactively invite website visitors to chat with librarians
  • Allows you to set up conditional rules for pop-ups based on time, location, and context

Mobile Ask a Librarian: Ask A Librarian is also optimized for use on mobile devices and tablets.  Check out this short video to see the mobile version! Get Started:Looking to get started with Ask A Librarian?  Please contact Jessica Riggins for more information at rigginsj@tblc.org or 813-622-8252 ext. 226