Use of Social Networking Sites in Academic Libraries


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Use of Social Networking Sites in Academic Libraries

  1. 1. ALEE Conference 17-18 Feb.2012 at SNDT University, MumbaiUse of Social Networking Sites and Web 2.0 Tools in Academic Libraries: An Overview Vinita Jain Maharshi Dayanand College Parel, Mumbai-12
  2. 2. Introduction• Social network could be a group consisting of individuals having interactions with each other, bonded by sentiments having common goal.• Social networking sites (SNS) could enable librarians and end users not only to interact, but to share and change resources dynamically in an electronic medium• Web 2.0 has created new ways of working, including opening up new opportunities in learning and teaching.2/12/2012 2
  3. 3. Social Networking Why in Libraries?2/12/2012 3
  4. 4. Growth of Social Networking sites 1995 2002 2003 / 2004 / 2005 Yahoo!360 2007 Friendfeed 1.2 billion users use SNS. 82% of world’s internet population over the age of 15 now log on to social networks (26-12-2011)2/12/2012 4
  5. 5. The Growth of SNS in India 5
  6. 6. Review of Literature• A survey of 126 academic libraries by librarians Carnigo & Barnett, (2007)had found that 54% of the librarians surveyed did not believe that there was an academic purpose for facebook.• Luo (2010) presented a survey study investigating how students in an online MLIS program use social networking websites to socialize with their peers and to develop a professional network.• Click & Petit, (2010) discussed free online librarians for use with library information and information literacy training, with a focus on social media and web 2.0 technologies, including social networking websites facebook and twitter, blogs, RSS, wikis & video sharing.2/12/2012 6
  7. 7. Review of Literature• Seckor (2005) discovered that 1300 students from Georgia institute of technology were registered with facebook and SNS as an ‘outreach tool to promote library services to students in the school of Mechanical Engineering.’• Kulkarni, Ghosekar, & Katkar, (2010) In their article highlights various blogs available today’s scenario for wide spread of information to cope up with the ever changing information need of stakeholders in the digital era.2/12/2012 7
  8. 8. WHAT IS WEB 2.0• In a Web 2.0 environment it is possible to put adocument up onto the web and, using a web based wordprocessor, all your colleagues can make changes to it(which can be seen and rolled back if necessary)there and then.• It has evolved into a dynamic, interactive andcollaborative platform that facilitates exchange ofknowledge and information amongst its users.
  9. 9. Application of Web 2.0 tools in Library & Information Sc.Web 2.0 Tools Library ApplicationWikis Reference resources wiki can be built for FAQsBlogs -Used as discussion forum - Serve as a platform where user can file their queries and suggestions regarding the services and activities of the libraryPodcasting -Highlights new resources -Enable librarians to share information with anyone at any time -Can be publishing tool for marketing of library services & productsTagging -It can be applied to LIS for editing the subject headings from user point of view and thereby enhancing the indexing and relevancy of the searches, making the collection more dynamic.RSS -Integrating library services through RSS feeds -Promotes events organized in the library for library users.You Tube -Can be used for marketing of library services -Library tourIM -Instant clarification for the queries from end users 2/12/2012 - Can send text, video, audio files related to library 9
  10. 10. Web 2.0 applications @ KVPattam Library2/12/2012 10
  11. 11. Library Home Page 11
  12. 12. Library 12
  13. 13. Libraries on Facebook 2/12/2012 13
  14. 14. Publicize events on facebook to reach maximum users2/12/2012 14
  15. 15. SNS in News2/12/2012 15
  16. 16. Conclusion• Social media provide a shift in how people discover, read and share news, information and content. It is a fusion of sociology and technology transforming monologue into dialog and is the democratization of information, transformation people from content readers into publishers.• The use of Web 2.0 tools & applications will constitute a meaningful and substantive change in the history of libraries.• The library collection will become more interactive & fully accessible.• With Web 2.0 technologies the libraries can build their user communities on the net, so that the users can join the community and share knowledge overcoming all the limitations of communications that were existing earlier.2/12/2012 16
  17. 17. Social Networking Everything is connected to everything!!!2/12/2012 17