Virtual reference services at the Main Library of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: A case study

Md. Safiqur Rahaman & Khadeeja Ansari
States that reference and information services have always been the main component of library services. Introduces the concept, history, model of Virtual Reference Service (VRS) and its services at main library of KFUPM. Library provides personalized assistance to library users in accessing suitable information resources to meet their needs. Describes the paradigm of reference and information services in the virtual library environment and it also attempts to highlight the emerging formats and models of digital reference services, including email and web forms, ask a services, digital robots, and collaborative digital reference and the current practices of virtual reference services in KFUPM main library. The case study also investigates availability of VRS in the KFUPM main library.