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Conference Paper: Applications of social networking tools in libraries

TitleApplications of social networking tools in libraries
Authors
KeywordsSocial networking
Academic libraries
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
Instant messaging
Issue Date2010
PublisherIFLA.
Citation
The 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly (IFLA 2010), Gothenburg, Sweden, 10-15 August 2010. How to Cite?
AbstractThis is an exploratory study investigating on the use of social networking tools in academic libraries. The major areas examined include reasons for using or not using social networking tools, length of usage and perceived benefits and costs of using these tools. One hundred and forty universities were selected to complete a survey. Twenty-seven responses were received and the response rate reached 19.3%. Twenty-one (77.8%) used social networking tools for work, one (3.7%) was a potential user who planned to use these tools and 5 (18.5%) did not plan to use at all. Facebook and Twitter are the most commonly adopted tools in university libraries. Despite the fact that costs are incurred in managing social networking profiles, current users found that the benefits outweigh the costs. This study offers insights for academic librarians to make informed decisions in applying social networking tools. Academic libraries should not miss out on the potential of social networking tools in promoting their services.
DescriptionTheme: Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136168

 

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dc.contributor.authorChu, SKWen_US
dc.contributor.authorCheung, HSCen_US
dc.contributor.authorHui, JSCen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, RLSen_US
dc.contributor.authorMan, KSYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T02:04:00Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T02:04:00Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly (IFLA 2010), Gothenburg, Sweden, 10-15 August 2010.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/136168-
dc.descriptionTheme: Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress-
dc.description.abstractThis is an exploratory study investigating on the use of social networking tools in academic libraries. The major areas examined include reasons for using or not using social networking tools, length of usage and perceived benefits and costs of using these tools. One hundred and forty universities were selected to complete a survey. Twenty-seven responses were received and the response rate reached 19.3%. Twenty-one (77.8%) used social networking tools for work, one (3.7%) was a potential user who planned to use these tools and 5 (18.5%) did not plan to use at all. Facebook and Twitter are the most commonly adopted tools in university libraries. Despite the fact that costs are incurred in managing social networking profiles, current users found that the benefits outweigh the costs. This study offers insights for academic librarians to make informed decisions in applying social networking tools. Academic libraries should not miss out on the potential of social networking tools in promoting their services.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherIFLA.-
dc.relation.ispartofIFLA General Conference and Assemblyen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectSocial networking-
dc.subjectAcademic libraries-
dc.subjectMySpace-
dc.subjectFacebook-
dc.subjectTwitter-
dc.subjectInstant messaging-
dc.titleApplications of social networking tools in librariesen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailChu, SKW: samchu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChu, SKW=rp00897en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros188469en_US
dc.publisher.placeSweden-
dc.description.otherThe 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly (IFLA 2010), Gothenburg, Sweden, 10-15 August 2010.-

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