Those of you who were at our 2015 conference may remember Suzanne Parfitt from Charles Sturt University, Australia, and her research into patrons’ responsiveness to academic library Facebook posts. Suzanne’s research has now reached the next stage and she is distributing a questionnaire to people with a connection to a university in Australia or UK (student, staff or alumni).
Please help Suzanne reach as many people as possible by sharing the link to her questionnaire. If you have a library Facebook account, this is the post Suzanne has suggested for University libraries to use or edit:-
A CHANCE TO WIN A MOVIE VOUCHER!!
Do you have links with a UK or Australian University (student, staff or alumnus/graduate)? I’d like to hear from you! I am a student from Charles Sturt University, Australia and I’m studying University Library Facebook pages for my Masters project. It would be appreciated if you could take 10 minutes to fill in a questionnaire https://www.research.net/r/AcademicLibrary_FB. As a thank you for your time, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win a £20 or AUS$42 movie voucher. (Please feel free to share this post with your friends, thank you!)
The World Map of Social Networks, which measures popularity of social networks around the world based on Alexa & Google Trends for Websites data, has been updated for 2011. You can also compare with older maps and browse an animated version of the map on the Vincos blog.
The Stay N Alive blog has an interesting post about how both Twitter and Facebook seem to have unceremoniously ditched RSS .
While Twitter have provided some basic information about how you can still use RSS (using the developer resources — so not particularly user-friendly), it’s still a crying shame that the RSS icon is no longer such a visible presence on the homepage. There are also variousworkarounds to be found for accessing Facebook feeds but no telling how long these will last.
There are quite a few Question and Answer websites aiming to fill a gap left by search engine algorithms by taking a crowd sourcing approach to references services and over the coming weeks we will be reviewing a few of them.
Q&A sites are based on the premise that people answer questions better than search engines do and, I’m sure this is often true. But, as Yahoo! Answers regularly demonstrates, the wisdom of crowds is no sure thing. How do you ensure the quality of answers, or even the questions themselves?
We will be looking at how these services approach issues such as these, starting with Quora.
There are a number of Question and Answer websites aiming to fill a gap left by search engine algorithms by taking a crowdsourcing approach to references services and over the coming weeks we will be reviewing a few of them.
Q&A sites are based on the premise that people answer questions better than search engines do and I’m sure this is often true. But, as Yahoo! Answers regularly demonstrates, the wisdom of crowds is not guaranteed. How do you ensure the quality of answers, or even the questions themselves?