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    • Myspace and Facebook: Reaching our students with their technology of choice Yvonne Nalani Meulemans Sciences and Health & Human Services Librarian ymeulema@csusm.edu California State University San Marcos Melanie Chu Outreach Librarian mchu@csusm.edu California State University San Marcos LOEX National Conference May 5, 2006
    • What are Myspace and Facebook?
    • Myspace/Facebook as Computer-Mediated Communication CMC’s strengthen existing ties. • Strong ties will often use more CMC • types. Weak ties tend to use a single type of • CMC.
    • Myspace/Facebook as Computer-Mediated Communication Bulletin boards facilitate beyond • classroom communication. May support student social life beyond • classroom.
    • Myspace/Facebook as Computer-Mediated Communication Bulletin boards allow for “determination • of self-presentation” Myspace/Facebook can be significantly • customized; a means to determine “self- presentation?”
    • First-year student usage survey 3608 Myspace pages by current • CSUSM students (appx 7500 FTE) Of 89 responses: • • 49 had both • 38 had Myspace page only • 2 had Facebook page only
    • First-year student usage survey A fair, positive correlation between • number of visits per day and time spent per visit was found (r(89)= .4). Many use their pages to communicate • with people they already know offline.
    • First-year student usage survey Of those who reported they had both a • Myspace and Facebook page, 90% said they use it to communicate with others about school, professors, or courses. Of those with only a Myspace page, • 50% said they use it to discuss school professors or courses.
    • Focus group Discussion points: • First contact • Typical session • Benefits/problems • Academic use • Role at CSUSM • Recent press coverage
    • Focus group Demographics: • • 2 first year, 1 junior, 1 senior • Variety of majors • All have Myspace, 2 have both • Typical usage: “20 times a day”
    • Focus group Benefits • • Keeping in touch with friends • Learning about new people Drawbacks • • “Melodrama” • Time-consuming Myspace/Facebook v. WebCT •
    • Focus group Findings reiterated survey results: • CMC literature • Academic potential • Usage
    • Practical integration Make your own page. • Post bulletins with search tips, create • an anonymous comment box, or start a blog on research. Can support “just in time/point of need” • reference.
    • Practical integration Add to existing outreach efforts. • Promote and create awareness of • library services and events. Create profile for library with multiple • librarians contributing. Support learning communities. •
    • Concluding points Analyze user population • Determine learning objectives • Assess impact • Further research • Myspace v. Facebook •
    • Yvonne Nalani Meulemans Sciences and Health & Human Services Librarian ymeulema@csusm.edu Melanie Chu Outreach Librarian mchu@csusm.edu