Investigating Blogs and Facebook in Academe: Research Approaches and Considerations
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Presentation given on October 11, 2012 at the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University. ...
Presentation given on October 11, 2012 at the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University.
Abstract: This presentation provides an overview of the decisions, strategies and protocols informing the research design for four studies recently completed or underway. Funded in part through a Eugene Garfield Dissertation Fellowship awarded by Beta Phi Mu, the first is a descriptive study of blogging scholars, and their blogs, in the areas of history, economics, law, biology, chemistry and physics. Data was collected through questionnaires, interviews and blog analysis. Sampling for this study resulted in the identification of many blogs found to be publicly available but no longer actively published to. This led to the second study, “Dispatches from Blog Purgatory.” It entails content analysis of the final posts published to scholars’ publicly available, but inactive blogs. The third study utilizes questionnaires, interviews, and blog and CV analysis to examine and contrast two subsets of bibliobloggers: blogging academic librarians and blogging information and library science faculty and researchers. The final study adopts a multiple-case approach to examine library and information science faculty and students’ practices, perceptions and expectations when interacting informally through Facebook. Data is collected through focus group and individual interviews, questionnaires, and policy analysis.
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