facets, and social
School of Information Management
Research area 1: Faceted navigation
of social tagging applications
extent can facets be used to facilitate the
organization, display, and retrieval of tags in social
Includes “traditional” tags, as well as hashtags, geotags,
Research area 2: The catalogue as a
social discovery tools allow for user-generated
metadata, such as tags, reviews, and ratings. These
features can allow clients to share reading, viewing, and
listening interests and to allow library staff to build
resources that reflect these needs.
Social discovery tools: Observations
content is not being used extensively or
significantly in many social discovery systems.
creation predominates user-generated content.
Ratings, reviews, and tags rank significantly lower.
Research area 3: Motivation for using
social tagging applications
on tagging behaviour has focused primarily
on the types and frequency of tags assigned. My
interest is in exploring what motivates people to use
social tagging applications. This question is particularly
important to research question 2, given that the social
features of many social discovery tools are being
Research area 4: Social tags to
leverage cultural warrant
can library catalogue records be designed to meet
the different cultural needs of communities?
users add metadata to existing catalogue records
in the form of tags, ratings, or reviews, they are given
the opportunity to express both their needs and their