We got the message: creating an instant messenger service point

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We got the message: creating an instant messenger service point
Figuring out the best way to communicate with and serve students is one of the paramount challenges facing library and technology organizations today, including Bucknell University’s merged Information Services and Resources organization (ISR). In an effort to resolve this issue, we went straight to our students, asking, “How should we communicate with students in order to better meet their service needs?” The response was unanimous: students prefer to communicate via instant messenger (IM). They suggested that we establish a screen name to handle technology and library questions. ISR formed a committee to plan a pilot IM service, and less than a year later introduced “ISRBuddy”. This central triage screen name is another entryway to our broad organization that helps students navigate our services. The service expectation was that ISRBuddy would answer simple questions (often using our online knowledgebase) and direct complex questions to specific service desks. Logistical c...
Jason Snyder, Meredith Field
Added 14 Jun 2010
Updated 14 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Authors Jason Snyder, Meredith Field
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