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  • Thanks for finding this nugget, Bob, it’s a good one.

    Can I ask a terminology question? What does the adjective “virtual” add to the description of this service, once we know it is available on the web? (It really is a reference service, and the librarians are probably at desks.) It’s the kind of jargon that gives pause to low-techies and confuses those who still wonder about “real-time” and “virtual” realities, and whether they have the equipment or the time to master it. The Librarians need to use plain English, and so do we webloggers, who want to increase the number of people taking advantage of the digital information revolution.
    s/ David Giacalone