MLA Members' Social Software Use and Beliefs


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MLA Members' Social Software Use and Beliefs

  1. 1. MLA Members’ Social Software Use and Beliefs Melissa L. Rethlefsen, Members of the Task Force on Social Networking Software Background Objectives Methods Results Conclusions The Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Task Force on Social Networking To assess MLA members' use of Web 2.0 All MLA members were invited to participate in an initial survey of Web 2.0 technology use and beliefs in summer Four hundred ninety-five MLA members completed the summer 2007 survey, including 150 respondents from Data from both surveys were used to develop Software was created in May 2007 at the national meeting by President Mark technologies and their belief in the importance of 2007. The survey utilized 5-point Likert scales to measure members' personal and professional use frequency of hospital libraries and 243 from academic libraries. The largest percentage (n=193, 39%) of respondents were web materials and courses for MLA members. Funk, AHIP. The Task Force was charged to investigate issues relating to MLA’s these technologies to the association. To assess individual Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, social networking software, web office tools, RSS, media sharing, members who had worked in libraries 21 years or more. Respondents’ libraries’ staff sizes varied, ranging from 1 implementation of blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, and other social networking tools in whether demographic factors influenced use of and instant messaging. A 5-point Likert scale was also used to gauge belief in importance of each technology to person (n=91, 19%) to more than 60 staff (n=46, 10%). Respondents felt that blogs, RSS feeds, and wikis were order to accomplish President Funk’s top presidential priority, upgrading the these technologies or the belief in their importance the association. The survey captured demographic data, including library type, library size, and years of library the most important social software tools for the association. Blogs and RSS feeds were the most commonly daily Association’s use of technology. The immediate goal was improving to the association. experience. Use frequency and beliefs were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Trends in demographic or weekly used tools for both personal and professional use. Library type, library size, and years of experience communication and facilitating networking; the long-term goal was to evaluate influences on Web 2.0 technology use and beliefs were demonstrated using a chi square test. All MLA members related to frequency of professional and personal social software tool use, as well as to the belief in importance individual social networking tools and make recommendations that could be used were invited to participate in a repeat survey in summer 2008; this survey was designed to evaluate use and belief of each tool to the association. One hundred thirty-two members completed the summer 2008 follow-up survey. by Association members, sections, committees and task forces. changes following a year of association-sponsored educational opportunities designed to improve Web 2.0 knowledge and skills. Instant Messaging: Members' Use of Social Software: Daily or Weekly Use Belief in Importance to MLA by Library Type Task Force There was a significant resources Task Force Blog difference between 46 (35%) survey created based on Blogs respondents from different respondents completed Important feedback from surveys library types in belief in Web 2.0 101 Instant Messaging importance to MLA of the Professional Academic following tools: instant Media Sharing Personal Results from the Neutral Hospital messaging (p>.0004), wikis 60 (45%) survey respondents Summer 2007 survey Other (p>.015), RSS (p>.0043). saw the MLA 2008 Plenary IV on 495 members completed Results from the There was a moderate Web 2.0 RSS this survey Summer 2008 follow- difference for blogs and up survey Web 2.0 Resources Not Important media sharing. There was Social Networking Software no difference for web office 53 (40%) survey 132 members completed Members' Use of Social Software: Never Use respondents participated this survey 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 tools or social networking. Web Office Tools Number of Respondents in Web 2.0 Webcast CE Member Votes for Content for MLANET Blogs Social Networking: Wikis Belief in Importance to MLA by Years Experience List of MLA Section, Chapter, and SIG blogs 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Instant Messaging Professional Years of experience did 59 (61%) participants implemented an List of MLA Section, Chapter, and SIG wikis Members Reporting Daily or Weekly Use Personal not significantly effect Important idea from one of these events at their library Media Sharing List of MLA Section, Chapter, and SIG social belief in importance of networking groups Dig Deeper with Social Media Results from the RSS social software to MLA Tips for working with IT departments Summer 2007 survey except for media Neutral 495 members completed Social Networking sharing (p>.0165) and 3 Years or Less Task Force members: Chair Bart Ragon; Marie Kennedy, Guidelines/best practices for wikis 4 to 10 Years Software this survey to a lesser extent blogs 11 to 20 Years Maureen "Molly" Knapp, Michelle Kraft, Rikke Ogawa, Melissa 21 or More Years List of MLA Section, Chapter, and SIG Web Web Office Tools (p>.0955) and wikis Rethlefsen, Gabe Rios; Liaisons Jim Shedlock, Mary Piorun, 2.0 uses (p>.09) Not Important Sue Ben-Dor, Melissa DeSantis, Tina M. Kussey, Kate Other guidelines or best practices Corcoran, Mark Funk Wikis 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 0 50 100 150 200 250 Number of Respondents Who Think Each Tool Would Be Helpful (Survey July 2008) 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Number of Respondents Members Reporting No Use