Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles

 

Follow DocuTicker on Twitter   Feed

Friday, 27th June 2014

'Feeling Better Connected': Academics' Use of Social Media

Source: News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra (Australia)

From Abstract:

This report outlines findings from an international online survey of 711 academics about their use of social media as part of their work conducted in January 2014. The survey sought to identify the tools that the respondents used, those they found most useful and the benefits and the drawbacks of using social media as a university faculty member or postgraduate student. The results offer insights into the sophisticated and strategic ways in which some academics are using social media and the many benefits they have experienced for their academic work. These benefits included connecting and establishing networks not only with other academics but also people or groups outside universities, promoting openness and sharing of information, publicising and development of research and giving and receiving support. While the majority of the respondents were very positive about using social media, they also expressed a range of concerns. These included issues of privacy and the blurring of boundaries between personal and professional use, the risk of jeopardising their career through injudicious use of social media, lack of credibility, the quality of the content they posted, time pressures, social media use becoming an obligation, becoming a target of attack, too much self-promotion by others, possible plagiarism of their ideas and the commercialisation of content and copyright issues.

+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 890 KB)


Category:

Source:

Views: 1474


Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

More articles by Adrian Janes »



Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles

 

FreePint

FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »


FeedLatest FreePint Content:


  • Click to view the article Mini Review of NewsEdge Visualisation Features
    Friday, 27th February 2015

    Chris Porter takes a detailed look at the taxonomy-based visualisation components within news management tool NewsEdge.com. Highlights include its use of complex algorithm that helps determine relevancy and its striking Venn Diagram feature.

  • Click to view the article Tools that Take Us Beyond Search and Retrieval
    Friday, 27th February 2015

    Jan Sykes looks at recently published and upcoming articles and reviews in the Topic Series "Making Information Visible". She highlights content about tools and services which aim to facilitate discovery and ease of access to improve the user experience.

  • Click to view the article Product Review of AdisInsight (Trials - Value and Competitor Landscape)
    Friday, 27th February 2015

    In part 6 of his product review of Springer's new AdisInsight drug information platform, Ashish Shukla looks at the value of the coverage of key clinical trials, one of the three databases brought together under a single access point.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »


A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.


FreePint Testimonials

"Thank you for coordinating this CoP. My colleague and I both found it quite valuable both in content and in hearing from others. We are looking ..."

Read more testimonials and supply yours »







 

 
 
 

Subscribe

Receive the DocuTicker Newsletter each week.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »

Sources

All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »

Archive

All Archives »