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Project process
Project process

LCoNZ libraries

  • Otago University

  • Victoria University of Wellington

  • Waikato University

  • Auckland University of Technology

Software options
software options

  • what can we have?

    • proprietary software

    • instant messaging

  • what do we want?

    • ease of use for our customers

    • ability to collaborate across team / library branches / LCoNZ libraries

    • ease of use for library staff

    • few technical requirements/limitations

Proprietary software concept
proprietary software concept

  • service connects to a web browser based application allowing multiple staff members to monitor a "waiting room" for incoming user queries. Customers place their queries through a web form, and are ushered into a chat session with a library staff member.

  • a "library-centric" system:

    • two different sides to the reference environment

    • 'front end' for clients and a 'behind the scenes' interface for library team

Proprietary software
proprietary software

  • eLibrarian(Digi-Net)

  • Live Assistance (Live Helper)

  • OnDemand Basic / Enhanced (Convey Systems)

  • QuestionPoint- 24/7 Reference (OCLC)

  • Timpani SB Chat / Timpani SB Contact Center (Live Person)

  • VRL+ (Docutek - Sirsi)

  • Virtual Reference ToolKit ( (now Ask A Librarian?)

  • ConferenceRoom (WebMaster)

  • Chatspace

Instant messaging concept
instant messaging concept

  • library staff connect to a range of different instant messaging (IM) services with a library account, using an aggregator application

  • customers add the library account to their contact list on their own IM service (Windows Live, Yahoo chat, Google Talk, etc.) - the library appears as one of their “friends”

  • meebo, Trillian, Psi and individual clients

Project recommendations
project recommendations

  • that LCoNZ libraries implement a Virtual Reference service using instant messaging software

  • the service be adopted without a trial

  • the service be established locally, initially, using a custom package designed by an implementation team

Im toolkit
im toolkit

  • Pidgin aggregator

  • individual im accounts for staff

  • meebo widget

  • toolkit on wiki

    • links to software with download and installation instructions

Future developments
future developments

  • faq development

  • wiki / blog

  • ideas?

Thank you

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