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Signing into LibChat and customizing your dashboard settings

Signing into LibChat

At the top of the LibAnswers dashboard, you'll see two areas that indicate LibChat's status.

LibChat status buttons on the LibAnswers dashboard

  1. The first status area will indicate whether or not any operator has signed in and is monitoring chat.
    • LibChat is Offline: This status will display if no operators are currently signed into LibChat.
    • LibChat is Online: This status will display if you or any other operator is currently signed into LibChat.
  2. The second status area will indicate whether or not you personally are signed in.
    • Example of the offline indicatorLibChat: You are offline: Sign In
      • This status will display if you are not currently signed into LibChat. The status dot above your profile image will also be red to also indicate you are offline. 
      • To sign into LibChat: click the Sign In link.
    • Example of the online indicatorLibChat: You are online: Go Chat
      • This status will display if you are signed into LibChat. The status dot above your profile will also be in green to indicate you are online.
      • This can be a helpful reminder in case you've minimized the LibChat dashboard, or its gotten buried in a pile of browser tabs. :)
      • Clicking the Go Chat link will take you back to the LibChat dashboard. If you are currently signed in at a another location, you'll be given the option to end that session and start a new one.
  3. You can also sign into LibChat from the command bar by going to LibChat > Connect.

LibChat connect from the command bar


LibChat Dashboard

Once you've signed in, you'll see the LibChat Dashboard (opens in a new window). The Settings tab will display by default, allowing you to choose which chat departments and ticket queues you want to monitor.

Options under the Settings tab of the LibChat dashboard

A. Local Monitoring vs. Co-Op Monitoring

The Settings tab is divided into two tabbed groups:

  • Local Monitoring: by default, this tab will display. Under it, you'll find all of the departments and queues that belong to your LibAnswers site. These are chats submitted by your local patrons.
  • Co-Op Monitoring: if your LibAnswers site belongs to a co-op, you can choose to monitor specific 24/7 chat co-ops. These are chats submitted by patrons at libraries in the chat co-op.

B. Departments

The list of departments you have permission to monitor will be listed here. This is where you can choose which ones you'd like to monitor.

  • When a department has a status of Online, that means you are actively monitoring it for new chats. If you have sound or desktop notifications enabled, you will be notified when a new chat arrives.
  • When a department has a status of Offline, you will neither see nor be notified of new chats from that department.

C. Queues

The list of ticket queues you have permission to monitor will be listed here. This is where you can choose which ones you'd like to monitor for new tickets, SMS messages, Facebook messages, and Twitter DMs.

  • When a queue has a status of Notify, that means you be notified when a new ticket is submitted (you can even claim it directly from the Tickets tab!). If you have sound or desktop notifications enabled, you will be notified when a new ticket arrives.
  • When a queue has a status of Don't Notify, you will neither see nor be notified of new tickets from that queue.

D. Notifications

You can customize the notifications and chat layout that you'd like to use.

  • Sound: turn a sound alert on and off. (Note: if your browser mutes sounds automatically, or you have manually muted your LibAnswers site, you may not hear sound alerts.)
  • Desktop Notifications: if your browser supports desktop notifications, you can turn them on and off here. (Note: if your browser's notification permission has been disabled for your LibAnswers site, you may not see notifications appear.)
  • View chats in Multi Chat Overlay: when enabled, you can view multiple chats simultaneously -- each will overlay the dashboard in resizable modal windows. When turned off, you will only see one chat at a time on top of the Status Messages and Alerts pane.

Ready to chat? Learn how to chat with patrons or start up an internal chat with coworkers.

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