Using social media for History
research: trivia or treasure trove?
History Lab North East, 8th November 2013

Lucy Keating...
Outline…

Contex
t

As a
tool:
what, wh
y, how

As a
source

Your
views
What’s social media all about?
Participato
ry

DIY

Social
Social
media

Mixing
everything
up

Customis
ed

Dynami
c
21 March 2006

March 1989

1949

6 Nov 2012

23 April 2005

??1971
Context
What it did for me last week
Twitter
community
answered a
reader’s query

RSS highlighted
a useful new
article

YouTube
he...
Your views…

Do you use
social media
outside work?

Do you use it
for research?

What do you
think are the
main attraction...
Too much
choice

Researchers’
concerns…

Quality and
authority?

Little usage
among peers

Few career
incentives

Privacy
...
But worth dipping your
toe in the water?…
High,
measurable
impact

Flexible

Useful at all
stages in
research
process

Fas...
Research lifecycle
Have ideas

Find information
and keep up to
date

Disseminate

Organise and
manage

Collaborate

Conduc...
Networking and collaborating
online
Sharing online
Engagement and impact
Tools and widgets
Some cautionary tales..

Copyright Viz Magazine
Words of advice
Be led by your
need, not the
tool

Configure
settings carefully
Be prepared to
experiment

Flickr Commons:...
Social media as a history source

Volume

Transience

Democrac
y

Distortion

Speed

Flickr Commons: Library of Congress; ...
Format, context
and interpretation
The history of the
modern world will
be the history of
ways of arguing.
Clay Shirky

Flickr Commons: State Archives of Nor...
“History” itself may be a
concept ripe for rethinking: not
so much the objective sifting of
sources, but a living
thing, p...
Implications for historians
New skills
• Data mining and management, curation, creation…
• Archiving the web
• Less depth,...
Contacts....

lucy.keating@ncl.ac.uk

@nulibarts

slideshare.net/newcunilibrary

libguides.ncl.ac.uk/socialmedia

Flickr t...
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  • Source of Clay Shirky quote:http://www.ted.com/talks/clay_shirky_how_cellphones_twitter_facebook_can_make_history.html
  • Original site containing this quote is not available, see this site for link:http://lisnews.org/the_decaying_web_and_our_disappearing_history
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    1. 1. Using social media for History research: trivia or treasure trove? History Lab North East, 8th November 2013 Lucy Keating, Arts, Humanities and Education liaison librarian, Newcastle University Library
    2. 2. Outline… Contex t As a tool: what, wh y, how As a source Your views
    3. 3. What’s social media all about? Participato ry DIY Social Social media Mixing everything up Customis ed Dynami c
    4. 4. 21 March 2006 March 1989 1949 6 Nov 2012 23 April 2005 ??1971
    5. 5. Context
    6. 6. What it did for me last week Twitter community answered a reader’s query RSS highlighted a useful new article YouTube helped me train a colleague A blog gave me food for thought Google calendar organised my teaching Flickr: (CC-BY-2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/stabilo-boss/101793493
    7. 7. Your views… Do you use social media outside work? Do you use it for research? What do you think are the main attractions for researchers? Do you have any worries about it? Flickr Commons: UW; San Diego Air Museum; Library of Congress; Nationaal Archief
    8. 8. Too much choice Researchers’ concerns… Quality and authority? Little usage among peers Few career incentives Privacy Volatility Timeconsuming Trivia Lack of clarity about benefits For social life only Plagiarism and copyright Flickr Commons: Uni of Washington libraries
    9. 9. But worth dipping your toe in the water?… High, measurable impact Flexible Useful at all stages in research process Fast Interactive Fun! Collaboration and engagement Cheap...free! Event amplification Supplement, not replacement Flickr the Commons: State Library of NSW
    10. 10. Research lifecycle Have ideas Find information and keep up to date Disseminate Organise and manage Collaborate Conduct your research
    11. 11. Networking and collaborating online
    12. 12. Sharing online
    13. 13. Engagement and impact
    14. 14. Tools and widgets
    15. 15. Some cautionary tales.. Copyright Viz Magazine
    16. 16. Words of advice Be led by your need, not the tool Configure settings carefully Be prepared to experiment Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Library of Congress; George Eastman House
    17. 17. Social media as a history source Volume Transience Democrac y Distortion Speed Flickr Commons: Library of Congress; US National Archives; National Library of New Zealand; National Archief
    18. 18. Format, context and interpretation
    19. 19. The history of the modern world will be the history of ways of arguing. Clay Shirky Flickr Commons: State Archives of North Carolina; Nationaal Archief
    20. 20. “History” itself may be a concept ripe for rethinking: not so much the objective sifting of sources, but a living thing, perpetually remade across networks for which there’s no time but the present. Unattributable Flickr Commons: Library of Congress
    21. 21. Implications for historians New skills • Data mining and management, curation, creation… • Archiving the web • Less depth, more breadth? (information rich/time poor) New techniques and genres • Interdisciplinarity • Memory studies, social network analysis… Opportunities • New discoveries and interpretations of old sources • Recreating history • Public engagement Flickr Commons: US National Archives
    22. 22. Contacts.... lucy.keating@ncl.ac.uk @nulibarts slideshare.net/newcunilibrary libguides.ncl.ac.uk/socialmedia Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution
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