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Presentation by Stephen Francoeur at the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable, New York, NY, on October 20, 2008.

Presentation by Stephen Francoeur at the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable, New York, NY, on October 20, 2008.



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  • Hi, my name is Stephen Francoeur. I’m an information services librarian at Baruch College and would like to speak to you about some easy ways that your companies can begin offering searchers ways to discover and share authoritative content in a social context. I’m going to be talking about ways that searchers find and access things via social networks.

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  • Social Discovery, Social Access Stephen Francoeur Baruch College (New York, NY) NFAIS Humanities Roundtable New York, NY 20 October 2008
  • Image: Von Tatanes
  • Web 2.0 is about sharing Image: furiousgeorge81
  • Web 2.0 is about reusing Image: find eric
  • “ The growing use of Web 2.0 and social networking—combined with collective intelligence and mass amateurization—is gradually but inexorably changing the practice of scholarship.” 2008 Horizon Report
  • The URL is the coin of the realm. Image: seychelles88
  • What Users Do with URLs
    • Bookmark
    • Email
    • Cite
    • Save
    • Link
  • So what kind of URLs do we give our users?
  • Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost) ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest)
  • Library Literature (Wilson) Naylor, S., et. al., Why Isn't Our Chat Reference Used More? Finding of Focus Group Discussions with Undergraduate Students. Reference & User Services Quarterly v. 47 no. 4 (Summer 2008) p. 342-54 JSTOR
  • The Last Mile Problem Image: Ewing Galloway
  • Launches link resolver Article found via
  • Find this at my library.
  • Object-Oriented Social Networks
  • Users who bookmarked the same article.
  • Profile of one user who bookmarked the article in Connotea.
  • “ It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.”
    • Clay Shirky
  • ZDNet Digg NYTimes
  • Dell IdeaStorm Amazon
  • User profile in Bibliocommons catalog
  • Widgetmania!
  • Search Widgets from the Library Federated search tool.
  • Search Widgets from Vendors ProQuest search box in my Facebook profile page. JSTOR search box in my Facebook profile page.
  • Recommendations
    • Better URLs for web 2.0 uses
    • Expose content to the web
    • Help searchers make content social
    • Embrace widgets
  • Image Credits
    • Slide 2: Tatanes, Von.
    • Slide 5: furiousgeorge81.
    • Slide 6: find eric.
    • Slide 8: seychelles88.
    • Slide 15: Galloway, Ewing.
  • Sources
    • Johnson, Laurence F., Levine, Alan, and Smith, Rachel S.  2008 Horizon Report. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium, 2008. 16 October 2008 <>. link
    • Schmidt, Aaron. “NFAIS: social database mockup.” Walking Paper. 1 March 2008. 16 October 2008. <>. link
    • Shirky, Clay. “It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure.” Web 2.0 Expo, New York, NY. 18 September 2008. 16 October 2008 <>. link