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WNYLRC Webinar: Live Chat Reference Service – Excellence Amid Challenging Times, Part 1 and 2

November 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for a session with Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., who will share the research she’s been working on and will cover the current challenges of managing virtual reference chat services and etiquettes in these unusual times. This is a workshop that will be divided into two sessions, with a 30 minute break in between.

Part 1 – 1pm -2:30pm 

Overview recent changes impacting reference service

Importance of building positive relationships and communication for success and satisfaction

What do our VRS users want?

Positive interpersonal communication behaviors in live chat

What to do when things go downhill – person is cranky, rude, or rushed?

Preliminary results of recent national survey of academic library chat reference, impact of COVID, & service changes

Giving compassionate reference service during COVID-19

Break for 30 minutes.

Part 2 – 3pm to 4:30pm 

What does the research say is vital to successful encounters?

Review idea of barriers and facilitators to success

ACTIVITY – Analysis of successful & unsuccessful transcripts & discuss

Research-based guidelines for successful chat reference

Pulling it all together – bottom line for success during COVID-19 and beyond.

About the Presenter:

Marie. L. Radford is Chair and Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, NJ. Her latest books are Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 7th edwith Lynn S. Connaway (Forthcoming 2021, Libraries Unlimited), Conducting the Reference Interview, 3rd ed. with Catherine Sheldrick Ross and Kirsti Nilsen (2019, ALA Editions), Library Conversations: Reclaiming Interpersonal Communication Theory for Understanding Professional Encounters with Gary Radford (2017, ALA Editions).  Her research focuses on qualitative research, interpersonal communication within virtual and traditional reference service, and postmodern approaches to media stereotypes of librarians/libraries. She leads numerous workshops/webinars on topics that include interpersonal communication in library contexts, service excellence, time management, managing change, conflict management, and positive approaches to problematic people.

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November 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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