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Med Ref Serv Q. 2003 Summer;22(2):15-28.

Chat reference service in medical libraries: part 2--Trends in medical school libraries.

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University of South Florida School of Library and Information Science, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA.


An increasing number of medical school libraries offer chat service to provide immediate, high quality information at the time and point of need to students, faculty, staff, and health care professionals. Part 2 of Chat Reference Service in Medical Libraries presents a snapshot of the current trends in chat reference service in medical school libraries. In late 2002, 25 (21%) medical school libraries provided chat reference. Trends in chat reference services in medical school libraries were compiled from an exploration of medical school library Web sites and informal correspondence from medical school library personnel. Many medical libraries are actively investigating and planning new chat reference services, while others have decided not to pursue chat reference at this time. Anecdotal comments from medical school library staff provide insights into chat reference service.

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