Reference 2.0: Evolution of virtual reference services and social media

Dawn Mcloughlin, Jill Benn

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapterpeer-review


This chapter offers an overview of the literature outlining the history of virtual reference, from email systems to what is being described as Reference 2.0 using the current phenomenon of social media tools. Taking an Australian perspective, an institutional case study contextualizes the evolution of these services and is followed by an examination of the adoption of virtual reference services in Australian academic libraries. The chapter identifies some common Reference 2.0 success factors and offers a framework to assist in the choice, development and evaluation of new digital tools for enquiry services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, networking and discovery in academic libraries
EditorsA. Mackenzie, L. Martin
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherFacet Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781856049436
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Dive into the research topics of 'Reference 2.0: Evolution of virtual reference services and social media'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this