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Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information

Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jodie Bell of Taylor & Francis asks: how important is social media as a communication tool?

Research Information: February/March 2015

A social media white paper

Taylor & Francis sought to address some of these questions by conducting research into how the library community is currently using and applying social media. Libraries have been particularly prevalent in their uptake of social media, and use it as a key medium for engaging with their users. As such, it is an issue close to the heart of how libraries are evolving and Taylor & Francis wanted to help benchmark current use and provide best practice recommendations to help navigate what the future may bring.

The research conducted was on a global scale – more than 600 librarians worldwide contributed their thoughts, suggestions and experiences through focus groups, telephone interviews, an online survey and a Twitter party. All the research was then compiled into a white paper, which has now been published online and is available to download for free.

 

The white paper can be accessed online for free, along with accompanying top level data, infographic visualisations of key findings, video presentations and more. See http://bit.ly/socialmediatf for more details.


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What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: The realities of citizen journalism, and new possibilities for transparency

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: The realities of citizen journalism, and new possibilities for transparency | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
How "bridging elites" help on Twitter, perceptions of news by a skeptical public, and Wikipedia pages as newsmaking destinations: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature.

 

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?

Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Here, John Wihbey sums up the top papers in digital media and journalism this month.


Via Robbert Hoeffnagel, João Greno Brogueira
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9 articles with summaries about researchy in digital and social media research, By JOHN WIHBEY

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Editor's Column: 5 ways libraries are using Instagram

Editor's Column: 5 ways libraries are using Instagram | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alongside universities, libraries and librarians are now using social media platforms to connect with users in a range of exciting and innovating ways. The latest platform that libraries are experimenting with isInstagram, which allows users to take photos on their smart phones, apply exciting filters and add hashtags, and then share these images online with their followers. Amy Mollett and Anthony McDonnellinvestigate how libraries are making the most of this visually-engaging platform."

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Libraries are using Instagram!

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How We Use Social Media, Illustrated | Mashable - YouTube

In honor of the 5th annual Social Media Day, Mashable commissioned a study of how we use social media. Here are our findings, conveniently illustrated for yo... (Happy Social Media Day from all of us at @mashable!

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Happy 5th Social Media Day (30 June)!

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


Via ZAP s.a., Helen Wybrants
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James Douglass's curator insight, August 8, 2015 4:54 PM

Can anyone predict the next 33 years of Social Media? We don’t know it but the History of Social Media belongs to our digital culture. Let’s meet  the pioneers of digital life. 

Ellen Dougherty's curator insight, August 8, 2015 8:49 PM

Can anyone predict the next 33 years of Social Media? We don’t know it but the History of Social Media belongs to our digital culture. Let’s meet  the pioneers of digital life. 

Margaret LibStudies's curator insight, October 22, 2015 12:33 AM

I remember geocities and ICQ, and my first blog was a Livejournal. Interesting to see how long some things have really been around for.

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What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic]

What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jeremy Waite (a past speaker at Social Media London – click here to see his talk) has compiled this infographic bringing together the facts and figures about all the big social networks.

Takeaways:There are over 5.7 billion users on the world’s top 21 social networks.YouTube reaches more US adults aged 18-34 than any cable network.China has 3 of the world’s largest social networks.
Via João Greno Brogueira
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Interesting to see which ones are still there in 2014.

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25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org

25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to flock toward Pinterest these days, delighted by its numerous boards allowing them to bookmark Internet ephemera they find valuable and worth sharing. Numerous libraries — be they specialty, public, or affiliated with a school — have harnessed its popularity to push education and literacy causes to the digital generation. Such a strategy thankfully seems to be succeeding swimmingly. Some of the best-curated Pinterest accounts out there fuse old and new into a spectacularly informative feast for the mind. And sometimes gullet, for those who enjoy posting links to edible crafts.
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Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman

Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! (via @theREALwikiman) http://t.co/GudDM1KvIU

 

"A couple of weeks ago I presented a webinar for WebJunction on marketing libraries. Part 1 of this post is all the information from the presentation, including a video archive of it, and Part 2 is about the process of presenting in a webinar, for anyone interested in that side of things."

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Great info about marketing of libraries, as well as presenting webinars!

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How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library

How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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"These photobooth selfies weren't taken at a bar. They're from the New York Public Library which is mobilizing fans through pictures. (This is cool. Libraries using selfies to engage their users.

 

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The photos look like they could have been taken at a bar, a bat mitzvah, or one of those swanky media parties with sponsored vodka. But they weren’t. These photobooth shots were snapped at the New York Public Library as part of a new social media initiative to engage more with the library’s selfie-loving patrons, and the live photostream is making our hearts melt.

“This is new ground for us,” Ken Weine, vice president of communications and marketing at the NYPL, tells Co.Exist. “An institution like us has to find ways to communicate with people in person and digitally, and what’s fun about this project is that we’re doing both at the same time.”

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A Social Media initiative that's working!

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New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users details findings from a survey of users of archives to learn more about how researchers find out about systems like ArchiveGrid, and the role that social media, recommendations, reviews, and other forms of user-contributed annotation play in archival research. oclc Research logo New Report From OCLC Research: Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive UsersWritten by OCLC Research Consulting Software Architect Bruce Washburn, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, and Senior Program Officer