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June Exemplary Reference Awards

The Quality Assurance Workgroup has been hard at work and has awarded the following transcripts for June 2009 Exemplary Reference Awards of the Month. Transcripts were awarded in three categories: Best Detailed Chat, Best Brief Chat, and Best Teaching Chat.
Paul Wetmore, Tampa Hillsborough Public Library System will receive a gift card to Amazon.com for his Exemplary Detailed Chat and all three winners will receive a certificate at a presentation at this next year’s annual Florida Library Association Conference.


Brief Exemplary Chat
Geraldine Collins, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Geraldine nailed this for the patron right away while continuing a friendly and interested chat going. Kudos Geraldine!

Detailed Exemplary Chat
Paul Wetmore, Tampa Hillsborough Public Library System.
Paul helped a student select materials for a research paper on Latin influence on the English Language. Asked clarifying questions, good rapport. Patron was pleased with the service and remarked “My teacher told us that the most helpful people we will ever know when it comes to education and school work would be a librarian. He is right.”

Teaching Exemplary Chat
Stacy Allsop, Nova Southeastern University.

Stacy gave excellent tips and directions to a student who had a complex research project. Stacy was able to direct the student to a helpful database and then to explain how to use the thesaurus for better search results. Excellent job of hands on teaching of a student in the use of a specialized database! The student was very pleased and Stacy offered to make certain the transcript would be available for the student’s future reference. Pat nomination.

Selecting the top transcript in each category can often be a hard process with so many terrific sessions to choose from. Below are the other people who were nominated this month by themselves, co-workers or the quality assurance workgroup.

Brief Exemplary Chat:
• Laura Baas, State Library of Florida
• Matthew Buckley, Nova Southeastern University
• Bebe Chang, Broward County Library
• Salena Coller, American InterContinental University
• Larry Cooperman, Everglades University
• Jaime Goldman, Ask a Librarian Intern
• Marylou Galvin, Broward County Library
• Cindy Jewett, Keiser University
• Carlos Morejon, Miami-Dade Public Library System
• Carlos Pedemonte, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
• Susan Smith, Hodges University
• Jane Tracey, Orange County Public Library
• Fawn Van Allen, West Palm Beach Public Library
• Peter Washkevich, St. Johns County Public Library
• Laura Welch, Ask a Librarian Intern

Detailed Exemplary Chat:
• Owen Adams, Northwest Florida State College
• Giselle Alonso, Miami-Dade Public Library System
• Cathy B., Goldstein Library (FSU- School of Information)
• Ustadza Ely, Nova Southeastern University
• Jaime Goldman, Ask a Librarian Intern
• Chip Halvorsen, Alachua County Library District
• Carol Maksian, Florida Gulf Coast University Library
• Carlos Pedemonte, Tampa Hillsborough Public Library
• Quiana Vidal, Marion County Public Library System

Teaching Exemplary Chat:
• Matthew Buckley, Nova Southeastern University
• Marylou Galvin, Broward County Library
• Sandra Lee Hawes, Saint Leo University
• Kira Smith, Ask a Librarian Intern
• Debora Stewart, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Don’t forget to nominate yourself or your co-workers sessions in the Ask a Librarian Toolbox at: https://info.askalibrarian.org or when closing a live chat session.

Congratulations to all those nominated this month.

The Director’s Chair Kicks Off!!

I am excited to announce Ask a Librarian is kicking off our 3rd annual Director’s Chair contest. We are looking for our next PSA.
What is The Director’s Chair?
The Director’s Chair is a video contest for Florida high school students. Create a 30-second video promoting Ask a Librarian for a chance to win some great prizes.

So…what exactly IS Ask a Librarian?
It’s a free online service that allows you to chat with a Florida librarian for instant help with homework, papers and general questions. (Click here to learn more. )

Now that you know what Ask a Librarian is, go out and make a creative and entertaining 30-second video that tells the world just how wonderful Ask a Librarian is. Just submit it here between Oct. 1, 2009, and Jan. 24, 2010 (11:59 p.m.), and the grand prize could be yours.

Be funny! Be serious! Do a spoof! Do a dramedy! Do whatever you want! Just be creative and have fun.

The contest details are online at askalibrarian.org/thedirectorschair.