Laura Osterhout Touts Ask Us 24/7 Statewide

via WNYLRCWatch:

Ask Us 24/7 Virtual Reference LogoCongratulations to Laura Osterhout, Regional Services Librarian for the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) and SMART member, who was recently published in the Journal of the Library and Management Section! Here is the abstract from the article:

Reevaluating Reference Delivery: During the 1990s, many libraries began to reevaluate reference services. As libraries faced decreasing gate counts and increasing traffic to the Internet, it became necessary to think about reference in a new way. The Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC) saw an opportunity to help its member institutions evaluate new forms of reference, and began to pursue the idea of virtual reference.

For anyone interested in the AskUs 24/7 service, the article provides the historical background of how the service evolved into what it is now, and it goal to increase participation and become a statewide service. According to WNYRLCWatch:

Since the article was written, an additional library system has agreed to join Ask Us 24/7– the Ramapo Catskill Library System in Middletown, NY. Ask Us 24/7 is certainly spreading across the state!

Again, kudos to Laura for her recent publication!

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