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  • TERRYConduct the poll – discuss the results TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [TERRY]
  • Terry Purposely not including Linked In, Facebook, OR TWITTER “The development of social sites and other social media applications designed specifically for scholars and academics is an emerging trend. This trend is forming in the wake of the massive popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and the more professionally focused site LinkedIn. I’d like to mention that while many academics use these sites for professional pursuits, they were not designed for that purpose so we are not including them directly in our discussion today. Academic social media sites combine the "traditional" networking of social media with practical research functions such as organizing research, generating and sharing bibliographies or literature reviews, and annotating PDFs.  They can also serve as crowd-sourced, searchable -if informal- databases of scholarly work. They add value by making it possible to tag the research of others, add comments, and even gather statistics to create a type of (light) peer-review. The degree of interactivity could potentially become another metric used to measure the impact of scholarly work in a given field.  Librarians should also seek out or even create a role educating members of the academic community in the use of these scholarly social media sites and other applications or sites that incorporate elements of social media. These can include presentation software and bibliographic citation management tools.” TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LORIN]
  • Lorin:relevant not just for faculty.Movement towards personal learning environments and also personal research environments influenced by several factors—one is constructivist learning techniques and also the influence of web 2.0 & social media What this means is, instead of an authoritarian one way type system of learning and knowledge consumption, people are collecting information from different streams, organizing & In other words, and summing up, I believe that it is likely that we see “a decreasing need of instructors as more knowledgeable others in order to learn something, but an increasing need of instructors as more knowledgeable others in order to learn how to learn something.” “a decreasing need of librarians as more knowledgeable others in order to learn something, but an increasing need of librarians as more knowledgeable others in order to learn how to learn something.” With Personal Learning Environments to cover the ground of one’s Zone of Personal Development, learning how to learn, how to design one’s own learning process may be more relevant than ever and require more help from third parties. (Pena-Lopez, Proximal)The term personal learning environment (PLE) describes the tools, communities, and services that constitute the individual educational platforms that learners use to direct their own learning and pursue educational goals. PLEs represent a shift away from the model in which students consume information through independent channels such as the library, a textbook, or an LMS, moving instead to a model where students draw connections from a growing matrix of resources that they select and organize. From Integrating personal learning and working environments by Graham Attwell, Cristina Costa TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LISA]
  • LisaTo build on what Lorin was talking about, I found this definition of altmetrics from website and the research of Jason Priem, and others. It is the notion of using new or alternative metricsbased on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship.Alternative metrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in the growing Web 2.0 environment Combines traditional filters of:Peer-review, Citation counting, and journal impact factor with social media toolsThe traditional filters have their weaknesses and limitations based on the publishing world. Since scholars are using newer tools to publish, collect, and conduct research, it is necessary for newer and more relevant filters or metrics be designed. Alternative metrics may help fill the gap for today’s researchers.Alternative metrics hope to expand what impact looks like and also of what’s making the impact. According to Priem et al, This matters because expressions of scholarship are becoming more diverse. Articles are increasingly joined by:The sharing of “raw science” like datasets, code, and experimental designsSemantic publishing or “nanopublication,” where the citeable unit is an argument or passage rather than entire article.Widespread self-publishing via blogging, microblogging, and comments or annotations on existing work.Altmetrics are fast, using public APIs to gather data in days or weeks and the data, scripts and algorithms that collect and interpret it are open.Altmetrics emphasize semantic content like usernames, timestamps, and tags.Since researchers are using many of the tools we will be talking about today we decided to present the different types of Social Media based on broad categories. We do not favor one tool over others that are not mentioned today, but hope to touch on a few of the different types of social media tools that librarians should knowledgeable about because of the impact they are having on research today.TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LISA]
  • LisaThe social research tools we will discuss today fall into these categories:Bibliographic Management Open Access RepositoriesPresentation ToolsAltmetrics Tools/AppsNOW I WILL TURN IT BACK OVER TO LORIN TO DISCUSS THE FIRST OF THE TOOLS….TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LORIN]
  • Lorin--What is Mendeley?TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LORIN]
  • TERRYAcademics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow1,928,438 academics are currently membersThey have added 1,595,660 papers and listed 564,816 research interestsA hybrid of Facebook and Twitter focused on academic professionalsAppears to focus on the Arts & HumanitiesHow does it get a .edu domain, though?Domain was registered in 1999 but the site was launched in 2008Overall, users appear to have a positive view of the site and its utilityThere are significant questions about how the site will make money and how long it will last.Singulairity, TechCrunch, TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [TERRY]
  • TerrenceOwned and operated by Cornell University, funded by Cornell University Library (and others)Begun in August 1991 by Paul Gisparg as a repository for preprints in physics and has expanded to include other disciplinesCurrently includes Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and StatisticsMost of the content is “self archived” preprint research material entered by the author(s)arXiv is credited for precipitating the move in scientific publishing toward open accessNot strictly “peer reviewed” but moderators do review materials to categorize themSome bloggers have criticized arXiv for blacklisting some authors, Ginsparg and others at arXiv have denied the allegationTRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LISA]
  • Lisa What is Slideshare?Web-based Slide hosting serviceFollowing file formats are supported: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenOfficeHas a pro version with more functionality such as:Files can be made Private or Public Analytics (Measure performance) IMPACTLinkedIn integrationDisplay your content on your LinkedIn profile And other featuresSlideShare also provides users the ability to rate, comment on, and share the uploaded content. TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LISA]
  • Lisa Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery. FeaturesPan and ZoomZoom around the prezi canvas to visualize your ideas.Import MediaImport PowerPoint slides, images, videos, YouTube videos, PDFs, etc.Prezi Viewer iPad AppView, retouch and present your prezis from your iPad.Present Online and OfflinePresent online or download and show your prezi offline.Work TogetherCollaborate in real-time, across the room or across time zones.Add StorylineUse frames and a path to create a cinematic journey.TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LISA]
  • LISAFor the sake of time, I’m not going to discuss all of these today, but have included links to the resources which will be available after the presentation. I’ll briefly go over 2. Impact Story ….. And PaperCritic ImpactStory [formerly Total-Impact] is a Web-based application that makes it easy to track the impact of a wide range ofresearch artifacts (such as papers, datasets, slides, and research code). The system aggregates impact data from many sources, from Mendeley to Twitter and also includes Scopus and PubMed. The output is displayed in a single, permalinked report.who is it for?researchers who want to know how many times their work has been downloaded, bookmarked, and blogged research groups who want to look at the broad impact of their work and see what has demonstrated interest funders who want to see what sort of impact they may be missing when only considering citations to papers repositories who want to report on how their research artifacts are being discussed all of us who believe that people should be rewarded when their work (no matter what the format) makes a positive impact (no matter what the venue). Aggregating evidence of impact will facilitate appropriate rewards, thereby encouraging additional openness of useful forms of research output. PaperCritic offers researchers a way of monitoring all types of feedback about their scientific work, as well as allows everyone to easily review the work of others, in a fully open and transparent environment.PaperCritic is powered by the Mendeley API and You can register using yourMendeley account and check your Watchlist feed to keep track of all the reviews and mentions of papers that interest you.ReaderMeter is a mashup visualizing author-level and article-level statistics based on the consumption of scientific content by a large population of readers. Readership data is obtained via the Mendeley API. Reports are available both as HTML and in a machine-readable version as JSON and are released under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.ScienceCard is a website that automatically collects metrics (citations, download counts, altmetrics) for a particular researcher. All the researcher has to do is provide a unique author identifier such as AuthorClaim or Microsoft Academic Search ID.CrowdoMeter is a web service that displays tweets linking to scientific articles, and allows users to add semantic information. CrowdoMeter uses a subset of the Citation Typing Ontology (CiTO), an ontology for the characterization of citations, both factually and rhetorically. The results of this crowdsourcing effort are displayed in real-time.Now LORIN WILL TOUCH ON A FEW OTHER SITES NOT DISCUSSED IN OUR SESSION, BUT WORTH MENTIONING….TRANSITION TO NEXT SLIDE [LORIN?]
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  • Social Media for Scholars

    1. 1. Social Media for Scholars Lorin Flores, Information Literacy Coordinator Lisa Ancelet, Head of Reference Services Terrence Edwards, Reference Librarian Texas State University San-Marcos Albert B. Alkek LibraryPresentation given at the Library Web 2.012 Virtual Conference October 3, 2012
    2. 2. What Type of Library Are You From?a. Publicb. Academicc. Schoold. Speciale. I do not work in a library Please use the polling feature on the left side of your screen to answer
    3. 3. An Introduction to Social Media What is social networking/media? For our purposes, “Social Media” encompasses social networking sites, research & presentation tools with social media elements, and other sites with interactive features. Other definitions of “Social Media” may exist, but it is our contention that the boundaries of these tools are constantly being redefined by those using them. As new sites and tools emerge, descriptive terminology will continue to evolve.
    4. 4. Scholarly Social Media & Personal Research Environmentsmovement toward personal learning & researchenvironments influenced by web 2.0 andconstructivist learning theoryin this research/learning model, students &faculty collect, organize & evaluate informationdrawn from different information streams aswell as creating their own virtual presences &“exporting” their scholarly outputscholarly social media tools are beingincorporated into faculty and student personalresearch environmentsopportunities to teach scholarly social mediacompetencies that include aspects ofinformation literacy, digital literacy, visualliteracy, etc. (also known under the umbrellaterm “Transliteracy”) Image created by Dr. Ismael Pena-Lopez. Permission to use this image granted by Dr. Pena-Lopez.
    5. 5. Alternative Metrics & Peer Pressurealtmetrics is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship. Why alternative metrics? Because the traditional scholarship models are changing and the value/impact of research must be measured in a more relevant way…
    6. 6. Selected Social Media Categories Bibliographic Management Open Access Repositories Presentation Tools Alternative Metrics Tools/Apps
    7. 7. Do You Currently Use Social Media for Research?a. Yesb. No Please use the polling feature on the left side of your screen to answer
    8. 8. combines social networking andinteraction with bibliographic citationmanagement functionsfree, but also has paid premium planshas enhanced features such as .pdfannotation, groups, and private groupsis accessible via web, desktop, andmobile device applications
    9. 9. popular free bibliographicmanagement toolcan upgrade storage to varyingamounts for an annual feesocial features include groups anduser profilesis accessible via web, Firefoxextension, and apps
    10. 10. currently has 1,928,438users have added 1,595,660 papersand listed 564,816 research interestscombines familiar features ofFacebook (user profiles) and Twitter(the ability to follow others)
    11. 11. owned and operated by CornellUniversity funded by Cornell University Library and other organizationsbegan with physics in 1991most content is preprint researchsubmitted by the authorsindependently moderated forcategorization within the site but notpeer-reviewed
    12. 12. web-based slide hosting servicesupports PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenOfficefree, but also offers a pro versionslides are public but can be privatepresentations searchable & discoverableshows trending presentations on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    13. 13. prezicloud-based presentation softwarevisual & zooming featuresimport different types of mediaiPad app availablepresent on and offlinecollaborate in real-time
    14. 14. Alternative Metrics ToolsA great site for learning more about alternative metrics research is in addition to the resources linked below! Impact Story PaperCritic ReaderMeter PLoS Impact Explorer ScienceCard Crowdometer
    15. 15. Other Sites of NoteCiteULike is a social networking, and organizational is specific to scholars in the sciencesScholastica is a repository-style site for peer review andpublishing
    16. 16. Do you currently offer workshops for faculty or students using any of the tools we’ve discussed today? a. Yes, faculty only b. Yes, students only c. Yes, both students and faculty d. No, not at this time Please use the polling feature on the left side of your screen to answer
    17. 17. ConclusionScholars can use social media to speed up thedistribution of research making it almost instant(hours or days)Current peer-review model takes 6 months – 2 yearsThese and other sites represent the future of the peerreview model in academiaOne challenge for librarians will be keeping up withthe proliferation of tools
    18. 18. QuestionsWe will start with any questions asked during thepresentation.You can also type your question into the chat area.
    19. 19. Thank You! Contact us: Lorin Flores-- Lisa Ancelet-- Terrence Edwards--
    20. 20. Selected References & Further ReadingBar-Ilan, J., Haustein, S., Peters, I., Priem, J., Shema, H., & Terliesner, J. (2012). Beyond citations:Scholarsʼ visibility on the social Web, 14. Digital Libraries; Physics and Society, . Retrieved from, G. (2011). Participation and pedagogy: Connecting the social web to ACRL learningoutcomes. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(1), 54-63. doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2010.10.007Hall, R.Social media for researchers Retrieved 9/26/2012, 2012, from, L.Web2.0 personal research environment Retrieved 9/26/2012, 2012, from, I. Personal learning environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s zone of proximaldevelopment. Retrieved 9/26/2012, 2012, from, J., Piwowar, H. A., & Hemminger, B. M. (2012). Altmetrics in the wild: Using social media toexplore scholarly impact. CoRR, abs/1203.4745J. Priem, D. Taraborelli, P. Groth, C. Neylon (2010), Altmetrics: A manifesto, (v.1.0), 26 October 2010., D.Social networking for academics and scholars Retrieved 9/26/2012, 2012, from