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The use of social media in the library

Taylor and Francis White Paper explores current practices and future opportunities for social media in libraries. Research was conducted with focus groups of librarians in India, the UK and the US and followed up with desk research, a Twitter party

Posted in Academia, Libraries, Social media

Transforming information access using QR codes

In Australia a library service provides ambulance workers with rapid access to critical information. Imagine you are an Australian ambulance worker on the front line of critical care.  Your patient has suffered a suspected insect bite and you need to

Posted in Content, information professionals, Social media, Technology

Gaming – not just child’s play

In the UK, more women are playing video games than men. Research from the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in the UK has revealed that women now constitute the majority of gamers and that there are more gamers over the age

Posted in Research, Society

Experimenting with emotions

Dating website deliberately mis-matched users; art gallery ‘sells’ art to the emotional. Earlier this summer, Facebook admitted it had been conducting experiments on ‘emotional contagion’.  Now OKCupid has announced it has been experimenting on users to find out more about

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Dangerous and negative selfies

Elizabeth Daniels* studies the effect of media on the body image.  She says that young women are often pressurised to portray themselves as sexy.  Daniels set up two Facebook profiles. They were identical in everything but their profile picture.  Although

Posted in Research, Social media, Society

Workplace trends – meet the no-collar workers

There are already, according to the latest estimates, 40 million millennials in the American workforce.  A recent MTV study set out to understand what drives and motivates this generation at work. Meet the no-collars The no-collar generation is looking for

Posted in Research, Society, Workplace trends

Privacy, social media and lavatories

In the United States advisors to the White House have published their review of internet privacy and are calling for an Internet Privacy Bill of Rights.  Is ‘privacy’ possible in the era of big data and social media? Twitter is

Posted in Information Risk, Social media

Youth TV – the need for speed

The BBC’s youth TV channel to close; but a different story emerges in Belgium In the UK the BBC has announced that it is to close its ‘youth-oriented’ TV channel and move the content onto its online platform the iPlayer.

Posted in Television, Uncategorized

The news behind a paywall – a success story from the Netherlands

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are often cited as paywall success stories.  But how are smaller news outlets making paywalls succeed? In the Netherlands, a news site called De Correspondent set a world record in crowdfunded

Posted in Content, Newspapers, Uncategorized

How to be happy – love, friendship and altruism

The Grant Study is a 75-year longitudinal study of Harvard graduates (1939-1944) and ‘disadvantaged’ youths growing up in Boston (1940-1945).  All white American men, the subjects were followed for 68 years.  One of the Harvard graduates was John F Kennedy.

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Public access to ICT: Another reason why libraries matter!

The Technology and Social Change Group of the University of Washington’s Library School published its report of the five-year project exploring the impact of public access to ICT around the world. The results show the impact that public libraries and

Posted in information professionals, Libraries, Society, Technology

New York shooting – citizen journalists on the scene

On September 15th 2013 (as reported in the New York Times), police officers confronted an ‘agitated’ individual and used their firearms, missing the suspect but injuring two bystanders.  After the incident, The New York Times was able to identify the (unarmed) individual, name the

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Posted in Technology, Uncategorized

Facilitating access to free resources

Academic libraries are moving away from ‘content purchasing’ models to ‘facilitating access to content’.  And an increasing amount of this content is free. Taylor and Francis has published a white paper exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by the library

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Twitter: from communication to content

In 2010, Twitter positioned itself as “a network powered by people … around the world… that lets you share and discover what’s happening now”.  By 2012 this had shifted to “a real-time information network that connects you to the latest

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Measuring the digital economy

Research suggests the government is seriously underestimating the size of the UK’s digital economy. A report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) commissioned by Google sets out to establish the true size of the UK’s digital

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Posted in Economy, Uncategorized, Workplace trends

Digital natives, digital immigrants and the information professional

It is now over ten years since Mark Prensky coined the terms ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’ and called for changes in education and teaching to reflect the new digital landscape. The terms were easy to understand. We all knew

Posted in information professionals, Workplace trends

Interactive Europe – lessons from advertising

74% of smartphone owners have interacted with brands through ‘out of home advertising’. Consumer behaviour, enabled by mobile technologies, is changing.  Customers are conducting price comparisons, reading review sites and engaging with brands in new ways.  Just like librarians (and

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Using social media tools to disseminate academic research

There are many reasons for taking the measurement of academic impact seriously, particularly in the current economic climate. Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK and speaking at The Future of Academic Impact conference, reminded the audience that the public

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Flexible working arrangements and the talent pool

New technologies and working practices should mean that many people can work at a time, and from a location, of their choosing.  But what is the real picture? Catalyst has been conducting a longitudinal study of ‘high potential’ graduates of

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Managing information risk – European business must do better

European companies are improving when it comes to managing information risk, but they must do even better. PWC and Iron Mountain have published their 2013 Risk Maturity Index, exploring attitudes to information risk and examples of best practice in mid-sized

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