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Friday, October 18 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Poster #20 -- The ones that got away: Minimizing “missed” chats using an evidence-based wait-time standard

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The study explores the length of time online chat (often dubbed “Ask a Librarian” or virtual reference) academic library patrons will wait before leaving without interacting with a library employee. The study investigators* reviewed 400 randomly selected transcripts from three institutions (Agnes Scott College (ASC), University of Georgia (UGA), and Western Carolina University (WCU)) to correlate wait time with patron engagement. The findings establish the ideal wait time on library chat service points is ninety seconds or fewer. Furthermore, the study indicates establishing a goal time for initial greeting within the first ninety seconds leads to a substantial decrease in the number of “missed” questions. *Study contributors are Sarah Steiner (WCU), Casey Long (ASC), and Amber Prentiss (UGA).


Friday October 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Piedmont 1-3

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