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Social Media in european libraries

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Great Prezi by EBSCO at latest LIBER 2011.. Listen at the end, the Lady Gaga cover by the Manchester library (don’t forget the catalogue!): a wonderful marketing lesson!

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July 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm

To read: Do you Library 2.0?

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The Web 2.0 business case for public libraries: round-up and interviews in this new book published by Chandos…

Berube, Linda. Do you Web 2.0? Public libraries and social networking. Cambridge: Chandos, 162 p. ISBN 1 84334 436 X
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June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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Top SharePoint web sites

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Among them:
– Pfizer UK:
– BMS:
– Library of Congress:
– Auckland libraries:

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May 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Library bloggers appear to be turning to social media

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Based on 1,108 professional and personal blogs (Library and Information Science related) indexed by LibWorm, this study tends to show that adoption of FaceBook and Twitter has a negative effect on blogs production.

Some findings:

The importance of blogs, however, has been affected by the arrival of new tools for social networking (e.g., Facebook and Twitter), which now rival blogs as primary communications media tools on the Internet.

Once blogs were at the core of social networks, but now the Web 2.0 conversation has fragmented, with general interest shifting away from blogs in favor of other platforms. Indeed, the bloggers themselves are the ones who, as early adopters, have popularized the newer applications.

Libraries and information centers have been especially active in the creation and management of blogs as part of a communications strategy for offering new services for their patrons

The results obtained show a loss of significance for blogs as a communications medium for the LIS community, as indicated by the closure of blogs and the reduction in gross number of posts being published. These losses have been constant and steady and have affected all the blog types studied, personal and corporate.

These figures could merely be showing that bloggers have been migrating to other services and applications that are increasing in usage, specifically Twitter and Facebook.

 In all cases the corporate blogs presented values thatwere significantly lower than personal blogs and only blogs of academic or public libraries had figures of any significance, demonstrating that success and visibility in the blogosphere is closely linked to personal initiative.


The decline in personal blogs is less pronounced than in corporate, and productivity and visibility patterns in both categories show that personal blogs are more active and have greater impact than corporate blogs. A small core collection of blogs, a reference group for the LIS community, seems to persist despite the general decline.

Torres-Salinas, D., et al., State of the library and information science blogosphere after social networks boom: A metric approach, Library & Information Science Research (2011),

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February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm

and Twitting Versus Blogging

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Twitter “is not, exactly, a blog killer.  But it has dramatically reduced the amount of routine news or links that I post. (…)

What have a learned, from this long sejour entirely in Twitterland?  First and foremost, I think one loses a lot by not blogging.  Twitter can to some extent maintain a presence online, but it can’t expand it or make substantial impact

Pretty much all of the opportunities that have come to me from sharing online came from sustained blog posting, from long-form sharing of my own ideas, not from tweeting or retweeting. 

If you want to share your ideas in a way that will generate substantial discussion and spark interest in a major way, you have to write in the long form

It’s the content creators who are the top of the Internet pyramid – to have an impact you must be writing your ideas, narrating your work. 

Twitter does a much better job of “ambient awareness” in a few senses – it lets me know generally what major events are happening… amd it is also a good way for me to find links of interest in specific topic areas.

Akerman, Richard. 18,000 tweets and counting… Science Library Pas. posted on January 30,2011.

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February 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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ROI on academic libraries: the key web site

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Lib-Value is the definitive reference for those who want to calculate the ROI of their library…

It gives useful sections such as Bibliographies, and presentations of major authors (Carol Tenopir, etc.), etc.

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January 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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UK researchers do not rely on libraries

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Researchers are confident on their awareness system and do not rely on librarians. 
2 studies set out to investigate what kinds of information-related services are available to support researchers through the research lifecycle, and how those services are used and valued by researchers.

Some findings:

  •  The concept of a Virtual Research Environments is still evolving, and this study revealed no evidence that VREs are being created or adopted as yet in any of the four universities.
  •  Information skills:

The researchers interviewed, moreover, showed little interest in making use of information skills training from the library. They are confident in their awareness and understanding of both the generic and the specialist tools that are relevant to their research area, and especially in their ability to identify the references and leads that are relevant to their specific research proposals and projects. They do not wish to delegate such work to library staff, since it often involves a detailed understanding of specialist and technical language.

  • Collaboration

A number of products are being developed to support research workflows, particularly for researchers working in collaborative teams that cross institutional boundaries. These include Microsoft’s Sharepoint, GoogleWave, etc. There is little evidence of the use of these broader collaborative workflow products. Similarly, there was little interest in central provision of or support for data analysis tools (which are seen as the province of researchers themselves), or of tools for the analysis of large aggregations of text (probably because text and data mining are still at an early stage of development in most subject areas).

  •  Libraries image

From the perspective of researchers, library staff are less proactive in reaching out to researchers with customised information support. Thus while libraries provide information skills training to researchers, especially doctoral students, many researchers see them as focused more on collection management, and on services to students, than on serving the needs of the research community in their institution.

Many researchers thus suggest that libraries could do more to promote their services,…

RIN & OCLC. Research support services: What services do researchers need and use?, Report, available online on 12th of Nov. 2010:

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November 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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