What Kinds of Questions Do We Answer? 80% Reference Questions Research-based; questions such as “How can Ifind articles about…” or “Where can I findinformation about…”. Some examples follow! 20% Directional Questions Location-based; questions such as “Where’s thebathroom?” or “Where can I find these callnumbers?”.
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How Do We Keep Track ofEverything? LibAnswers Serves as a “knowledge base” Runs a public interface and a librarian interface Patrons can use it to send questions to us via chator text Librarians can answer chat and text questions, andalso keep track of questions asked through otherformats
Future Uses Other departments can use LibAnswers Other departments can use chat Ability to transfer questions between departments LibAnswers contains space to create a“knowledge base” of commonly asked questionsthat students can search independently
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