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Engaging Students Through Social Media, Beth McGough, Internet Librarian 2013


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Engaging Students Through Social Media, Beth McGough, Internet Librarian 2013

  1. 1. ENGAGING STUDENTS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA Session: Engaging with Social Media Beth McGough, ProQuest
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • Introduction Use of social media Social media for study and research Training in the use of social media Recommendations #InternetLibrarian 2
  3. 3. Introduction 3
  4. 4. Overall findings Students use social media to seek out, collaborate and obtain information from classmates and academic peers Even if they are not interacting with the library they are open to doing so Enabling and fostering the use of social media for organizing and sharing research is an ideal role for libraries However, the study revealed students do not consider social media an appropriate information source for research 4
  5. 5. USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA Among graduate and undergraduate students
  6. 6. Use of social media 6
  7. 7. Use of social media for specific tasks 7
  9. 9. Social media for study and research 9
  10. 10. Training in the use of social media 10
  11. 11. Interest in library services through social media 11
  13. 13. Recommendations: Use of social media 1 2 3 • Consider establishing a presence on Facebook and Twitter if you have not already • Post regular library-related updates • “Follow” or “Like” prominent individuals and academic/student organizations, encourage them to share library posts with their networks 13
  14. 14. Recommendations: Current and likely use of social media 1 2 3 • Set up LinkedIn groups, specific to academic disciplines for access by graduate students in particular • Secondarily, establish a page on Google+ and create groups specific to academic disciplines • Create community pages or sites for specific academic disciplines, hosted by the library • Provide online tools for organizing research, managing citations, sharing and collaboration, such as RefWorks Flow or Mendeley 14
  15. 15. Recommendations: Training in the use of social media 1 2 • Expand information-literacy instruction to include social media for research • Teach students about the social media features of online databases and research tools • Show students how to connect with librarians through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn • Teach students to connect with researchers in their discipline through social media, such as how to participate in a Twitter chat 3 • Introduce and inform graduate students about other sites with discipline-specific communities, such as Quora and the editing side of Wikipedia 4 • Consider including tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and school services such as an intranet or Blackboard/Moodle in information-literacy efforts 15
  16. 16. QUESTIONS Whitepaper, Student Use of Social Media, Infographic, Student Use of Social Media, @BethMcGough79