Planning (for success) Form a team Work towards a date Brainstorm logistics Marketing plan Evaluation planned prior to going live
Logistics (initially) IM aggregator GAIM connects to: MSN, Yahoo, Google, AIM IM hours same as info desk Weekly rotation Away messages used when necessary I will be away from my desk until 12:00. In the meantime e-mail us at ___ or phone us at ___ Back in 5! One-on-one training with manual
Marketing Bookmarks Signs in library Banners outside library Branding
Evaluation of service Logging through GAIM Date, duration, content Evaluation questions asked: Are you a U of T student/staff/faculty/other? Where are you IMing us from? What do you think of the service?
Patron feedback Some funny: "is this a robot is this the minx with the tightly wound bun?
Patron feedback Some very useful: "the service the wonderful - i find it efficient to ask on msn for info if i cannot find something and then drop by the library to pick it up I think that it is great, very convenient and quick. You told me exactly where to go and what to do so that I would be able to find the information that I need.
Patron feedback Some made us blush: I BRAG to my friends…that I'm talking to a librarian or I chatted up the librarian today … lol, it drives them nuts
Patron feedback More blushing: The service is awesomeness wrapped up in electronic form. I'm so so so pleased that the university decided to be technologically advanced and realized that sometimes students are too busy to trudge all the way down to the library to get questions answered from reliable sources
Is IM a worthwhile addition? Definitely: Patrons use it Patrons love it! FREE