Social Networking Services: Library Collaboration 2.0?

by Ramsey, Timothy P

Abstract (Summary)
This paper describes an exploratory study to examine academic librarians' perspectives on using social networking services for inter-library collaboration. The study used semi-structured interviews to provide rich data for investigating where academic librarians are currently cooperating using social networking technologies and how they feel about using virtual social and professional tools to build and maintain collaborative networks. Before reporting on findings, the paper briefly examines the history of academic library collaboration, the current application of social networking services in business and professional settings, and some of the contextual, social, and technological factors affecting collaboration online. The proposed study illuminates many of the current networking and knowledge sharing practices in the academic library community, with an eye toward improving those services using social networking technology to track and leverage connections between librarians.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jeffrey Pomerantz

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:online social networks library cooperation united states academic libraries administration information technology librarians and the internet


Date of Publication:07/23/2008

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