[Virtual_reference] Qwidget roll-up and our answering percentage

Walaskay, Alice A AAWALASK at oaklandcc.edu
Wed Oct 20 18:43:10 EDT 2010

Hi VRers - This fall Research Help Now has been participating again in
the QP qwidget roll-up.   We are required to keep our Answering
Percentage above 75% to stay in the roll-up.  The last two weeks our AP
has been 56% and 63% respectively, so I thought it would be a good time
to remind you what the qwidget roll-up is all about and to encourage you
to answer more questions if it is possible for you to do so (without
sacrificing quality).  


Qwidget roll-up - When our collaborative (RHN, or the "Michigan Academic
Queue") is a part of the roll-up, all of our patrons' questions that
come in through the qwidget are automatically "rolled-up", or relayed to
the larger 24/7 queue even if none of our collaborative members are
monitoring the queue.  If we are not part of the roll-up, when none of
our members are monitoring a queue, our qwidget is turned off, but
patrons can still ask questions using the regular chat form at
www.researchhelpnow.org.   All questions that come in through the
regular chat form are answered 24/7.  


How is the Answering Percentage figured?   

We get credit for every question we answer from both Michigan and the
24/7 cooperative queues and that is compared with the number of our
students' questions.  For example, if Michigan students asked 100
questions and our librarians answered 75 questions (whether they came
from Michigan or other places), that would equal a 75% answering
percentage.  Doesn't matter whether the questions came in on the qwidget
or regular chat.    The roll-up is an advantage to libraries that use
the qwidget because that means qwidget questions would be relayed to
other libraries after we have stopped monitoring the queues on nights
and weekends.    

Qwidgets have been shown to increase the use of our VR service for the
libraries that use them. 


How could we increase the number of questions that are answered?  

There are several ways and you may want to discuss this with your
library's VR manager to decide what is appropriate for your library.  

*         If you are only monitoring the Michigan queue, consider
answering questions from the 24/7 queue.

*         Think about scheduling more hours when your library is
monitoring the service.

*         Pick up more questions while you are on your shift.


We are not asking you to do more than you are capable of handling, but
if you can help, even with a couple more questions/week, we may be able
to get up to our 75%.   They are offering us a couple more weeks as a
grace period. 


Thanks! Ann Walaskay




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