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Academic Work is Social: User Generated Content in Support of Research and Learning

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  • 1. Academic Work is Social User Generated Content in Support of Research and Learning Meredith Farkas Norwich University
  • 2. What is user-generated content? Tags Ratings Custom collections Online community contributions Wiki contributions Comments Blog posts Audio and video Photos
  • 3. Why User-Generated Content?
    • We don’t know everything
    • Value of patron knowledge
    • Insufficient metadata
    • Stories people tell about items are of value
    • People are already doing it!
      • 35% of online adults, 57% of teens (Pew, 2006)
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  • 13. Academic work IS social
    • University of Minnesota survey on Academic Support:
        • 67% of faculty work collaboratively
        • 52% of faculty collaborate with colleagues at other institutions
        • 46% find that distance from colleagues is a collaboration obstacle
  • 14. How are we supporting collaborative academic work online?
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  • 21. What can we incorporate into library systems (databases, catalog, etc.)?
    • Social networking features
    • Social bookmarking and annotations
    • Integration with course management systems
    • Collaborative project spaces
    • RSS feeds and easy export features
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  • 28. Thanks! Meredith Farkas [email_address] Links and slides at meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com