Social Media: role of librarians
The ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences) one day summer conference – Social Media, Libraries, Librarians and Research Support (held at Coventry University in July 2011) attracted over 30 delegates from university libraries, the British Library, hospitals and publishers.
- Adoption of Web 2.0 tools has little to do with the age of academics but seems to depend more on the ‘type’ of person they are.
- Academic adoption of Web 2.0 tools is hindered by their concerns about quality and lack of trust.
- There are a multitude of Web 2.0 tools that are freely available and it is essential that researchers use tools that are relevant to their needs.
- Librarians and information professionals are ideally placed to raise awareness of Web 2.0 tools and applications, to help academics find appropriate tools, and to provide any necessary training.
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