Sue Scheff: Student Study Skills Enhanced – Ask a Librarian

Many are getting ready for schools to open.  Parents are preparing by shopping for those supplies, clothing and other necessities to begin a good school year. Now they can add a new free LIVE virtual service for their kids that can assist them with homework, essays and projects. (Watch demo).

Ask a Librarian provides Florida residents with live virtual reference services via local library customized web sites from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (EST), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (EST).

Getting back into the swing of homework and studies can sometimes be difficult. Florida has created a live virtual reference service with many libraries including Broward and Palm Beach County.

Ask a Librarian offers real people, real help, real fast!

What is Ask a Librarian:

Ask a Librarian is a free online service that allows Floridians to chat live with a librarian for immediate assistance. A trained information professional can guide you to the answers you need in minutes rather than your wasting hours navigating hundreds of unhelpful and irrelevant web sites. More than 100 libraries statewide collaborate to provide this service to their patrons and the patrons of other participating libraries.

What is Ask a Librarian Mobile?

Ask a Librarian’s email service is optimized for your hand held device. Visit our mobile interface at, then choose your local library from the list. E-mail your question anytime, and a librarian from your library will answer you via e-mail.

How does Ask a Librarian work?

When you click on the chat button, your question enters a queue for the on-duty librarians. Librarians answer questions in the order they receive them. Typically, depending on the expected traffic, between two and six librarians staff the Ask a Librarian desk during the hours we are available for live chat. When the librarian accepts your question, you are able to chat one-on-one with that librarian while he or she helps you find what you need by guiding you through the myriad of resources available. The librarian might screen-share these resources with you. Screen-sharing allows the librarian to co-navigate resources on your PC. Read more and watch demo.

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Be an educated and prepared parent, your teens will have a better school year!

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