Ask Now Texas: Free Chat and Text Reference for Texas Libraries

September 12, 2012 -- 10am to 11am Central Time

Ask Now Texas is a program that provides free chat, text and email reference services to libraries in Texas. It was started in 2007 by Liz Barksdale at Western Texas College and has grown to serve multiple academic and public libraries over the years. This Webinar will describe how ANT works using free software such as Zoho Chat, Google Voice, and Screencast-o-matic. ANT also uses volunteer reference staff. This program will describe how to become involved in Ask Now Texas and also how to use free and low-cost tools to develop online reference services of your own.

Register here for this online event

What's a Webinar?

Short for Web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Contrast with Webcast, in which the data transmission is one way and does not allow interaction between the presenter and the audience. Source: Webopedia.

CE Credit:

This Webinar qualifies for 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit. However, printed Certificates of Completion will not be issued. Instead, a follow-up email will be sent 2-3 business days after the event to individuals who logged in and attended the live Webinar. Attendees are advised to save and/or print the follow-up email as it will serve as proof of attendance for CE purposes. CE credit is now available for group viewings of live Webinar events -- please follow the Group Webinar Viewing procedure listed in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Technical Requirements and other Frequently Asked Questions?

We are using the GoToWebinar web conferencing software for our Webinars. For more information on technical requirements and answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit our Webinar FAQ page.    

Questions? Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio
Distance Learning Consultant
Phone: 512-936-2586
Email: nditulli@tsl.texas.gov

Page last modified: August 16, 2012
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