library digital reference “Ask a Librarian” service
(Mitchell & Watstein, 2007, p. 523)
Facebook as courseware Mitchell & Smith (2009) describe adding a Facebook component to their F2F information literacy course at the Z. Smith Reynolds library at Wake Forest University Facebook applications used at WFU: ◦ ZSR Library search (http://apps.facebook.com/searchzsr/) ◦ WorldCat (http://apps.facebook.com/worldcat/) ◦ JSTOR (http://apps.facebook.com/jstorsearch/)
understanding and acceptance of certain technology increased.
reasons for positive response to Facebook included novelty, familiarity with Facebook, and the superior usability of the interface over other course management systems.
BUT: limited functionality of Facebook compared with Blackboard, etc and the uncertain division between the personal and academic spheres were identified as drawbacks.
Described in Mitchell & Smith, 2009
Guidelines FB should work in tandem with other modes of instruction delivery. While limitations of time and space make completely online courses sometimes necessary, even these can be augmented with alternative avenues of communication. While diversity of media can be a good thing, this diversity brings with it the risk of feeling fragmented among different platforms (Mitchell & Smith, 2009). Take advantage of Facebook’s affordance of flexibility to quickly adapt course content and shift direction when necessary (Mitchell & Smith, 2009). Citing loss of data concerns, Mitchell & Smith (2009) argue against putting any crucial content in an uncontrolled environment.
Guidelines As with all interactive media, Facebook requires time and effort by administrators to keep content relevant. Time should be spent reflecting on your goals and getting to know your target population, whether they are students in a course or visitors accessing resources from the Facebook platform. On a related note, remember that Facebook is primarily a medium for social and personal interaction. Not all environments would be appropriate for using Facebook. If new to Web 2.0,, do your best to educate yourself about a number of technologies and how they relate to library services.
Increasing use of mobile electronic devices: With its cross-media compatibility, an expanding list of applications, and accessibility from these devices, Facebook may be well-positioned to take advantage of this trend toward mobile education. (Click & Petit, 2010)
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