Full Record – Author

Ref Type: Journal Article

Authors: Patterson,Rory,

Title: Live virtual reference: more work and more opportunity

Publication Full: Reference Services Review

Year: 2001 Volume: 29 Issue: 3

Start Page: 204 Other Pages: 210

Descriptors: Electronic mail, Internet, Reference libraries, Special libraries,


The US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Library uses Library Systems & Services’ (LSSI) Virtual Reference Desk (VRS) to provide live reference via the Internet. Energy Library reference librarians use VRS to conduct reference interviews by chat, take the patrons to or send Web pages, collaborate on questions, and provide transcripts for patron follow-up. VRS allows the reference librarians to reach those who cannot or do not come to the library and makes the librarian a reference resource for a wider audience. The Energy Library VRS patrons and their questions have transitioned from mostly DOE headquarters employees looking for codes, policies and similar documents, to mainly non-DOE people seeking information, increasing the diversity of reference skills needed.


ID: 339

Links: NULL

Extra Data: NULL


Retrieved Date:January 1, 1970

Editors: NULL

Book Title: NULL

Series Title: NULL

Publisher: NULL

Place Of Publication: NULL

Issn Isbn: 0090-7324