Once you have logged into LibChat using the Circulation username and password, click Sign In to be brought to the chat screen.
If you need to leave your desk at any time, remember to click the Set Away box. This will send an automated message to any user that attempts to initiate a chat during that time, letting them know that the chat service is temporarily unavailable.
It is very important that you log off of LibChat at the end of your shift, so that chat patrons are not waiting indefinitely for a response to their chat. You can do this by clicking the Offline button at the top of the page.
Use the patron's answers to direct them toward a LibGuide in their subject area. If they are looking for articles, direct them to the tab on their LibGuide page that lists useful databases for that subject area.
If you do not feel comfortable walking a chat patron through the research process, refer them to a reference librarian. Provide them with a link to make an appointment. You can also direct them to a specialist in that particular subject, if you wish. Here are their subject specialties:
Joe Middleton: Business, Economics, Health Care Administration
Trish McPherson: Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion
Heather Perry: Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Writing
Jane Swiszcz: Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Visual & Performing Arts
Lindsay Boezi: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education