“Communications tools don’t get socially interesting until they get technologically boring.”
So wrote Clay Shirky (0) in his 2008 book, Here Comes Everybody . He goes on to say that, “It’s when a technology becomes normal, then ubiquitous, and...
Recent downturns in the economy have hampered state support for research institutions and reduced income from shrunken endowment accounts, encouraging universities in the United States to aim for a larger influx of research dollars
as a way to counter-balance restrictions of other revenue streams....
A new video from Michael Wesch is a fascinating look at the evolution of one of the most generally accepted social media sites today, YouTube. Wesch is a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist at Kansas State Univeristy exploring the impacts of new media on human...
This report explores attitudes and perceptions about library funding in order to evaluate the potential of a large-scale marketing and advocacy campaign to increase public library funding in the U.S.
Among the findings from the report: * Library funding support is only marginally related...
Web-based reference services such as synchronous, (chat reference or 'Ask-a-Librarian' services) and asynchronous (email) virtual reference services (VRS) have become common features of academic library home pages. In the current economic and technological environment, evaluation to determine the sustainability of VRS is crucial. An international...
The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground?shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location?is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This...