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Twittrande bibliotekarier: informationshantering 2.0?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study is embedded in the research field of Personal Information Management (PIM) and its goal is to contribute to this research area by showing information management aspects in untraditional contexts, as in the social networking site Twitter. The aim and purpose of this two year's master thesis was to investigate the beha-viour of librarians within the context of Twitter. The objectives of this thesis focus on the query of the informa-tion management aspect of Twitter, and on the investigation into whether Twitter offers the possibility to reach a state of flow while using it, as well as inquiring into the relationship between Mihaly Csikszentmihalyis flow theory and PIM. The theoretical framework of this thesis is centred upon the flow theory and the conditions that are necessary to reach a state of flow. To fulfill the purpose of this thesis a directed content analysis is applied as an investigative method, where its in-depth research aspects will be applied upon the empirical material, which contains 429 tweets. These were collected over a period of one month from 20 people, and divided among 10 women and 10 men who identified themselves as librarians on Twitter. The resulting analysis of the material shows that there is an aspect of information management to Twitter, even though a small facet and appears most-ly with tweets that are related to work issues. The analysis also demonstrates that Twitter fulfills the conditions of flow and thereby it can be concluded that Twitter holds the possibility of a state of flow while it is in use. This illustrates that there is a relationship between PIM and Csikszentmihalyis flow theory. The conclusion is that with the structured information management the possibility for a state of flow to occur rises, while the state of flow itself supports information management by enabling people to successfully retrieve information by remembering that which otherwise may have been forgotten.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 67 p.
Uppsatser inom biblioteks- & informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-4267 ; 581
Keyword [sv]
kunskapshantering, sociala nätverk, bibliotekarier, medvetandet
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176478Local ID: 581OAI: diva2:535463
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Library and Information Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-19 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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