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RefChat training guide

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Welcome to the RefChat Training Guide!

This guide contains information for monitoring the library's reference chat module using LibAnswers. These settings are NOT applicable if you are assigned to monitor the main LibChat for Chaffey College ("Front Page and Canvas Chat")

RefChat- logging and and settings video

Logging into RefChat

You can connect to LibChat by clicking "Sign In" on the LibAnswers Dashboard OR by selecting LibChat > Connect from the Dashboard menu.

screenshot logging in to libchat

When you connect with LibChat, the LibChat Operator Console opens in a new tab on your browser.  You will need to keep this tab open to keep the channel available to students.


  • Once connected to LibChat, change your status to "Internal"
  • Select "Online" for the Reference department
  • Select "Notify" for the Library queue

screenshot Internal status


screenshot libanswers queues

Logging Out of LibChat

TO EXIT LIBCHAT: Select the "OFFLINE" as your status and close the tab or window. You will need to shut down LibChat at the end of the work day when logging off of the Reference computers and anytime you leave the Reference Desk unattended for more than a few minutes. 

screenshot offline button

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