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Librarians as advocates of social media for researchers: A social media project initiated by Linköping University Library, Sweden
Linköping University, University Library.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4560-0929
Linköping University, University Library.
2016 (English)In: New Review of Academic Librarianship, ISSN 1361-4533, E-ISSN 1740-7834, 1-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Librarians at Linköping University help researchers keep abreast of developments in their fields and to increase the visibility of their work. Strategic, professional use of social media ought to be an essential part of a researcher's communication strategy. This article investigates the level of awareness of the professional use of social media amongst LiU researchers. The investigation showed that use of social media was not significant, however a small number saw potential. The purpose of this article is threefold: first to evaluate the potential of using social media as a tool for communicating research outside LiU. Secondly, the article presents a study in which views of LiU researchers on social media were ascertained via seminar discussions, informal feedback and interviews. The study has a case study approach involving eight researchers. Thirdly, the article covers how LiU Library created a web-based information package to support researchers in social media use.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. 1-24 p.
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Social media research support, Scholarly social media, Social media tools, Social media strategy, Academic libraries, Research support
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Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127707DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2016.1184693OAI: diva2:926757
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-19

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