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Instant messaging reference: Users' evaluation of library chat
Reference Services Review (2002)
  • Margie Ruppel, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Jody Fagan, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

This article analyzes survey results of university students who used Morris Messenger, the instant messaging (IM) reference service at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Morris Library. It focuses on the complete results of two surveys, including a comparison of IM reference and traditional reference desk experiences. An overview of the IM reference system and usage data are also discussed. Survey respondents indicated overall enthusiasm for the IM reference service and provided useful suggestions for improvements, which are also listed.

  • instant messaging,
  • reference
Publication Date
August, 2002
Citation Information
Margie Ruppel and Jody Fagan. "Instant messaging reference: Users' evaluation of library chat" Reference Services Review Vol. 30 Iss. 3 (2002)
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