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LIS768: IM Assignment

Dear IM Librarians of the world. If you hear from one of my students in the next few days and you have time, please chat with them! I will really appreciate it!

Topic: IM

"There is much greater opportunity to bring service to wherever potential users of library service happen to be." Michael Buckland

Readings Due:

Buckland, Chapter 9: The Challenge

Schmidt, A. IM Talking Points

Schmidt, A. & Stephens, M. IM me. Library Journal, Retrieved April 1, 2005 from http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA512192

Stephens, Embedding a librarian in Your Web Site with Meebo


From the readings and your own reflection, create a short list of interview questions for an IM-ing Librarian. What do you want to know about such a service? For sure, ask about evaluation of the IM service and how the library integrated it into workflow. Create an IM screename or Meebo account to conduct your brief interview.

Then explore http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Libraries_Using_IM_Reference

Choose a library and IM the librarian -- be courteous. If they can chat about your questions at that time - great! if not ask for a time you might IM with them that's more convenient.

Post your questions, a brief summary of your interview, and your thoughts on IM in libraries to your blog by October 17. This will count for your weekly posting for the week of October 10. Please email me with any questions.


Our library just started IM reference this semester and I'm the one that got it up and running, if any of your students wants to contact me about it, I'd be happy to answer their questions! They can IM me from here: http://homepages.baylor.edu/ellen_m_hampton/web-stuff/

What a great assignment! Are the students' blogs publicly available? I'd love to read about their thoughts on IM.

FYI, the National Library of Australia ran a six month, collaborative IM trial service from December 2006 to June 2007.

Your students might be interested in an article we wrote on the trial, which was originally published in Australian Library Journal, but is also available as a preprint at http://www.nla.gov.au/nla/staffpaper/2007/documents/IM-ALJ-article.pdf.

If your students have any questions, I can be contacted at davis dot kate at gmail dot com.

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