Participate in VR Research via Phone Interview
Dear Virtual Reference Librarian:
Greetings! We are looking for people interested in taking part in an important study of virtual reference services (VRS). We are willing to pay you for your time.
We hope you will be interested in sharing your opinions and insights about live chat VRS in our grant-funded research project titled, “Cyber Synergy: Seeking Sustainability through Collaboration between Virtual Reference and Social Q&A Sites.” We need librarians willing to participate in a phone interview. Please access the following link to sign up for the survey:
The phone interview will take approximately 45 minutes and participants will receive $30 in compensation. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.
Prior to the interview, we will need a signed consent form. When you respond to this email by responding to the above URL and stating that you are willing to participate, we will send you a one page consent form for you to download, sign, and fax back to us. More instructions about this will follow to confirm your participation.
Cyber Synergy will evaluate sustainability of VRS and explore collaborative models for subject expertise among librarians and other experts systems, such as Social Q&A sites. This study is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Rutgers University, and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
We, the principal investigators of Cyber Synergy, thank you for your interest in the study.
Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist
Chirag Shah, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, Assistant Professor
More information can be obtained at the project website:
Contact Alyssa Darden at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
2-3 pm ET
High Anxiety: Increasing your Comfort Level on the Statewide Desk
Wed., Aug. 22, 10-11 am ET
- Does the idea of answering statewide chat questions make you feel hesitant and uncomfortable?
- Do you feel a little like a fish out of water when you’re scheduled to cover the Collaborative or Academic Desk for your library?
If you feel anxiety while waiting to help statewide chat patrons, you are not alone. Even the most capable and confident of librarians can feel a reduced sense of comfort when answering collaborative chat questions on the statewide desk.
You bring a lot to the table. This webinar will offer the perspective you need to lasso the comfort you that you have in-house and draw that into the virtual reference environment.
Introducing a series to help you help patrons on the statewide Ask a Librarian desks…
FEL on the Statewide Desk: A Staff Webinar Series
FEL on the Statewide Desk: PowerSearch
Monday, August 27, 1-2p ET
Put that aspirin away! With Gale PowerSearch, you can instantly access periodical and reference content in multiple Gale resources from a single starting point, while also cross-searching eBooks in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Discover the powerful features available to you and patrons across Florida in this informative webinar.
FEL on the Statewide Desk: Academic OneFile
Monday, September 10, 1-2p ET
Are you looking for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference resources? With extensive coverage of all academic disciplines, Academic OneFile is authoritative and comprehensive – explore this incredible resource and find out how Academic OneFile can help you help patrons.
FEL on the Statewide Desk: Business Resources
Monday, September 17, 1-2p ET
Do you know how to access costly investment reports or sample business plans? Did you know that Demographics Now can help patrons decide where and what types of businesses are needed in your community, or that Gale Virtual Reference Library has a great selection of business/career e-books? This course will explain all those tools and more!
FEL on the Statewide Desk: Homework Help
Monday, September 24, 1-2p ET
Looking for a little help with those “homework help” questions? Look no further! Learn all about the best FEL resources to assist elementary, middle, and high school students with homework assignments. Attendees will be taught the most effective and efficient search strategies to obtain the best set of search results for student questions and research.
Register today, and let the Florida Electronic Library help you better serve our Florida state residents!
E-Gov and the Get Help Florida Website
Monday, June 11, 2012 (registration closing soon!)
2-3 pm ET
Ask a Librarian Email Workshop
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
2:30-3:30 pm ET
Florida Digital Newspaper Library
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
10:30-11:30 am ET
Site Coordinator Drupal Workshop
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
2-3 pm ET
Time is ticking for these upcoming webinars, so why risk it? Register today!
Information from Project Compass Florida:
There are more than 2 million small businesses in the state of Florida. They represent 98.9 percent of all employers and employ 42.3 percent of the private sector workforce.
Libraries are playing a leading role in developing the workforce of the 21st century. Project Compass is a nationwide effort to support public libraries as they strive to meet the urgent and growing needs of the unemployed and underemployed. This program will help public library staff increase their knowledge of available resources and handle the service needs of unemployed and job-seeking patrons. In an economy where more must be done with less, this program will also address how libraries can utilize existing resources and partnerships.
The goal of Project Compass is to support the workforce recovery efforts of libraries, particularly in counties with high unemployment. The program will introduce library staff to programs and services which they can deliver to job-seekers in their communities. Project Compass is brought to Florida public libraries by the Division of Library and Information Services, in conjunction with WebJunction/OCLC, as part of a grant funded by the Institute of Museum of Library Services.
Please check out the June 2012 Project Compass newsletter, which highlights some of the resources available to libraries to help develop and sustain small businesses in our communities.
Register now for this webinar!
E-Gov & the Get Help Florida Website
Mon., June 11, 2-3 pm ET
Many government agencies are closing offices and offering services exclusively online. Because libraries provide public access computers and offer assistance to patrons seeking information, many citizens naturally turn to the library for help when accessing government information such as food stamps, unemployment compensation, and social security. However, these increasing demands burden already short-staffed libraries that are reducing their services due to budget constraints.
Get Help Florida, http://www.gethelpflorida.org, is a website developed by the Pasco County Public Library Cooperative to serve as a statewide portal to valuable e-government resources for those in need of help. This webinar will show you how to successfully navigate the Get Help Florida resource and assist Florida residents in accessing the government services they need.
Have you bookmarked the Libraries Connect Communities blog? Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability.
Read the blog here.
So, what do YOU think?
Your experiences and insights are invaluable to helping to bridge the digital divide. The study builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994 by John Carlo Bertot and Dr. Charles R. McClure, Director at the FSU Information Institute. The Libraries Connect Communities blog aims to spur conversation about the study & its uses to promote and protect U.S. libraries, so don’t forget to leave a comment regarding your own experiences and thoughts on the crucial issues presented.
Florida libraries and their users will thank you!