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Library 2.0: The effectiveness of social media as a marketing tool for libraries in educational institutions

Library 2.0: The effectiveness of social media as a marketing tool for libraries in educational institutions. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Published online before print September 22, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0961000616668959

“In an attempt to market their services and connect with potential users, and particularly young people, many libraries are opening accounts on social media platforms. Research suggests a contradiction between the advice relating to marketing and that regarding the use of social media in libraries, with the former emphasising the importance of the user at the centre of all considerations and the latter placing library staff as central to decisions. In this work we attempt to re-address this imbalance by surveying the current state of library activity on Twitter and, by means of questionnaires, investigate the experiences and motivations of librarians (n=58) in using social media and whether students (n=498) are willing to engage with the library in this manner and why. Our findings confirm that libraries in the sector are indeed struggling to foster interest in their social media activities and go some way to understanding why this is so, leading to a number of conclusions and recommendations for practitioners.”

Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts

D-Lib Magazine September/October 2016 Volume 22, Number 9/10. Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts. Robert M. Patton, Christopher G. Stahl and Jack C. Wells. Oak Ridge National Laboratory. DOI: 10.1045/september2016-patton. “The measurement of scientific progress remains a significant challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused. Several metrics… Continue Reading

Duke University Libraries receive grant to transform prison into farm and education center

News release: “The Duke University Libraries have received a $52,647 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board to help transform an abandoned prison into a sustainable farm and education center through the magic of virtual reality. “It’s not easy to visualize how an abandoned and unused prison can be repurposed to help a struggling… Continue Reading

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

Via AWOL – list includes 1670 titles. “AWOL is one of a suite of online resources initiated by and with the continuing support of The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World” Continue Reading

Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff

Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff, Jerry W. Mansfield, Lead Information Services Coordinator. September 19, 2016. “This report is designed to introduce congressional staff to selected governmental and nongovernmental sources that are useful in tracking and obtaining information on federal legislation and regulations. It includes governmental sources, such… Continue Reading

Univ. of Michigan – Deep Blue Data Repository

“Deep Blue Data is a repository offered by the University of Michigan Library that provides access and preservation services for digital research data that were developed or used in the support of research activities at U-M..The datasets that underlie research findings are increasingly in demand. Funding agencies require that research data be discoverable, accessible and… Continue Reading

International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles

“The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at Poynter is committed to promoting excellence in fact-checking. We believe nonpartisan and transparent fact-checking can be a powerful instrument of accountability journalism; conversely, unsourced or biased fact-checking can increase distrust in the media and experts while polluting public understanding. The following document is the result of consultations among fact-checkers… Continue Reading

Review of the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook

An intriguing review, and do take time to read the comments as well which are informative and add additional facets to the author’s argument – “Why I Hate the New ‘MLA Handbook’ – The just-published eighth edition is a disservice to students and a potential disaster for scholars, By Dallas Liddl, September 14, 2016. “…And… Continue Reading

Pew – Libraries 2016

Libraries 2016 – September 9, 2016 – Pew – “Most Americans view public libraries as important parts of their communities, with a majority reporting that libraries have the resources they need and play at least some role in helping them decide what information they can trust. When asked to think about the things that libraries… Continue Reading

Carla Hayden Sworn In as First African American, Woman to Head Library of Congress

NBC News: “When Baltimore was ablaze last year following the funeral of Freddie Gray, many establishments, schools and even churches shut down for days fearing the violence outside. A local library, sitting at the epicenter of the riots over the death of a black man in police custody, stayed open so residents would have safe… Continue Reading

The Research Process – Government Sources

Rob Lopresti, Western Washington University – “At Western Washington University, librarians take turns teaching Library 201, Introduction to Research Strategies.  It is a 4 credit GUR course (General University Requirement; each student must take some GURs, but not all of them.) We just created a free electronic textbook for the course.  It is very much… Continue Reading

FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

“The Federal Trade Commission has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The FTC’s complaint alleges that OMICS Group, Inc., along with two affiliated companies and their president and director,… Continue Reading