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eReference Services: Ask the Library email, chat, and text

Assign/transfer a question to a person not in LibAnswers

System Admin must add person to the LibAnswers Address Book.

Select Assign/Transfer tab.

"Transfer to" option will be User

The next line says "Select the User" Open that menu

LibAnswers account holder will be listed first. Address Book entries are at bottom of list. Select the person.

Add a message if you like.


Notification of Incoming Email

Go to Queue level, look for tab: Notification. Enter email address.

When Are Tickets Removed From the System?

How long are questions and answers retained? (privacy issues)

Tickets in LibAnswers system are retained indefinitely.

If departments require that interactions be modified/removed after a certain period of time the deletions will have to be done manually. Tickets can be selected by date. Then they would need to be deleted one by one. If tickets are deleted, the LibAnswers statistics associated with those tickets will also be removed.

Tickets (Questions) from Widgets

Question forms can be embedded on a webpage or research guide, by using a Springshare Widget.

How to tell Question is from a widget

When a patron submits a question using a widget, Springshare assigns widget as the Source.

  1. Chat operator panel: alert box has email icon and box says Source: Widget
  2. Dashboard and answered tickets list: under the question is Asked via Widget
  3. Reply page. Not visible. Click on "Asked By" at bottom of patron question. A popup opens that says Asked via Widget
How to tell what page the widget was on (Referring page/URL)

In all situations above, hover over or click on the word Widget. That will display URL or go to referring page.

In LibAnswers, there are two methods to display all source widget tickets:

  • Select Answers, then Tickets. Select tab: Referrer
  • Select Stats, then Tickets. Select tab: Referrer

Tickets from Widgets: RefAnalytics

How to embed a question form was not known at beginning of pilot project.

Each Queue System Admin needs to add "Widget" as a source in the RefAnalytics dataset.

Go to Admin. Select RefAnalytics. Select edit for your dataset.

If you are using the dataset I drafted, look at Field # 2: Question Source? At bottom of values, add Widget as a value.


Note: always add new fields or values to the end of the list.

Email signatures and taglines

You can create signatures to display at bottom of the:

  • Reply to patron
  • Confirmation email

Email Signatures


  • Each User can set up a personal signature.
  • Go to LibApps Dashboard
  • Select My Account from top menu. Add signature under Additional Settings. Note: displays as one line. Add HTML code to display with line breaks. <br />

Standard signature

System Admin creates a standard signature for the system and chooses whether to use system signature or use personal signature of the of the person who answered the question.

  • Go to Admin, Queue, select edit your queue
  • Select Email tab, Email Signatures. Choose option
  • Type text into box
  • If Email Signature of User is the option and User does not have a personal signature, the standard signature will be applied.

Example standard signature: Thank you for using AskRef, the email reference service of the University of Delaware Library.

Note: when you are replying to question, signature only displays if you select Preview.

Confirmation email

Sent when patron checks the option: Receive an email confirmation of your submission.

The standard signature will also appear at bottom of the Confirmation email sent to patron.

Question Form: Can It Be Embedded in Other Pages?

Yes. It can be either embedded or a popup. This requires using a widget and LibAnswers has a widget maker.

Here are examples using LibGuides:

This page: see Popup tab on the right

AskRef Email: see embedded form

For details, see Springshare Help page

When patrons send questions through a widget, the system lists the Source as widget and the ticket will be marked as Asked via Widget.

More information under Tickets (Questions) from Widgets and Tickets from Widgets: RefAnalytics

Closing or Deleting?

When you select the trash can icon, you will see an option to close and an option to delete.

It is unlikely you will need to delete anything other than test questions. If you delete a question and you filled out the RefAnalytics data, contact the System Admin.

Subject Guide

Rebecca Knight's picture
Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H

Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

LibAnswers: Springy Help and Information

Springshare uses the word "Users” to mean staff members who monitor the service.