Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Free 24 Hour Librarian Service

ASK US NOW is a free service offered by the Maryland Library System that allows you to chat with a librarian anytime 24 hours a day.  I was trying to research the Homestead PA mill strike that led to one of the bloodiest battles in the history of labor.  Unfortunately I did not have much success.  When I contacted the chat room (at 3:00 a.m. in the morning) at Ask Us Now I was overwhelmed by the amount of information available on this subject and with the speed in which it was delivered to me.  After the chat they sent an email transcript with all of the reference links enclosed.  If you're not from MD check your state library system to see if they offer a similar service.  This truly is the greatest thing since sliced bread!