November 30, 2015

Syracuse iSchool Social Media Tool Used to Track Elections

BITS Lab at Syracuse University iSchool Github graphic

Researchers at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) are using the open-source Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, and Collector Toolkit at Syracuse (STACKS) to collect and analyze social media posts and traffic related to the 2016 presidential candidates as part of an interdisciplinary digital politics project, according to a campus publication.

World Series Sparks Twitter War Between New York, Kansas City Libraries

Mets Bagels from NYPL Enter Twitter War with KCMO PL

Feats of athleticism and a chance to bond over the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat—looking at you, fellow Cubs fans—are great and all, but let’s face it: the most fun part of any sporting event is the chance to heckle your friends rooting for the opposing team. Need proof? Observe the latest round of Twitter Trash Talk between librarians in Kansas City and New York as the Royals and Mets face off in the World Series.

Colleen Theisen | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Educators

Colleen Theisen

Digitization may have democratized the field, but not many special collections librarians actively promote to a general audience. University of Iowa librarian Colleen Theisen is the exception.

Librarians React to Pew Study on Willingness to Disagree on Social Media


As libraries continue exploring ways to weave online social media into their core service, a Pew study suggests popular Internet gathering spots such as Facebook and Twitter are not effective places for generating meaningful or honest conversation about significant news events. Not only are people not more willing to discuss controversial issues online than they are in person, in fact, the reverse is true.

Collective Wisdom in an Age of Algorithms | Peer to Peer Review

Barbara Fister

Changes to platforms we use regularly are always slightly traumatic, as we invariably discover when we roll out a new library website and the complaints begin, or we find out a database interface has changed radically the day we’re introducing it to students. Platform changes are even more distressing when they are sites to which we contribute content. By creating social circles and sharing information on websites, we often forget they belong to other people who have values and motivations different from ours.

NYPL Sees Success with #Ireadeverywhere Initiative


On August 5, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a social media initiative using the hashtag #Ireadeverywhere. Participants post pictures of themselves on social media reading something—books, e-readers, magazines—in whatever location they want using the designated hashtag. Contributors have gotten creative with their submissions. People took pictures of themselves reading at hair salons, in front […]

What’s Your Online Persona?

What’s Your Online Persona?

Are you an online adventurer, curator, amplifier, or something else? Learn about the 12 online personas, and tell us who you are in an online poll.

Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2014

Codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies were listed among the leading current trends during the annual LITA Top Tech Trends panel, along with digital forensics, open content, next steps in social media, and more.

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Acquires Altmetrics Provider Plum Analytics

EBSCO Information Services today announced the acquisition of Plum Analytics, the developer of PlumX, a tool that gives researchers and institutions a more complete view of the impact of their publications by harvesting and aggregating alternative metrics (altmetrics) data in five major categories: usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations. Plum will continue to offer the same services, with the same management team, operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBSCO.

No Such Thing As Too Many Cat Pictures: Q&A With Amanda Brennan | The Digital Shift 2013

No Such Thing As Too Many Cat Pictures: Q&A With Amanda Brennan | The Digital Shift 2013

Social media is becoming a more and more important way for libraries to interact with their patrons, and one ingredient of that is passing along interesting pieces of information about the library’s many programs and activities. Another very important part, though, is posting the occasional cat picture or funny video, or other piece of viral content, commonly known as memes. At The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries virtual event, held by Library Journal and School Library Journal on October 16, Know Your Meme’s resident librarian, Amanda Brennan, offered her thoughts on how libraries can use memes to engage their patrons and boost their followings on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. We revisited that presentation, and picked Brennan’s brain on some other points, in a Q&A that offers some pointers for beginners looking to make their library’s Facebook page a must read.