Niche networks in higher ed

May 1st, 2012 § 2 comments

Tomorrow, I’ll be talking to a group of USC librarians about academic social networks and more generally about how social media has affected the scholarly communication process. It’s an informal, brief 15-20 minute talk as part of our “Brown Bag Lunch” series. The following includes my slides from the presentation, a list of websites mentioned, as well as a selected bibliography.

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Brown, L. Griffiths, R., & Rascoff, M. (2007). University publishing in a digital age. Accessed from

Campbell, J.D. (2006). Changing a cultural icon: The academic library as a virtual destination,” EDUCAUSE Review 41(1). Accessed from

Carpenter, M., Graybill, J., Offord, J., & Piorun, M. (2011). Envisioning the library’s role in scholarly communication in the year 2025. Portal-Libraries and the Academy, 11, 659-681.

Faculty Focus. (2010). Twitter in higher education 2010 : Usage habits and trends of today’s college faculty. Madison, WI: Magna Publications. Acessed from

Gu, F., Widén-Wulff, G. (2011). Scholarly communication and possible changes in the context of social media: A Finnish case study. The Electronic Library, 29(6), 762-776.

Howard, J. (2012, February 28). Tracking scholarly influence beyond the impact factor. Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed from

Howard, J. (2012, January 29). Scholars seek better ways to track impact online. Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed from

Howard, J. (2010). The MLA convention meets twitter: Twitter moves scholarly communication beyond annual meetings sessions and papers. Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed from

Macilwain, C. (2011). Facebook of science seeks to reshape peer review. Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed from

Maron, N.L. & Smith, K.K. (2008). Current Mmdels of digital scholarly communication. Washington, DC : Association of Research Libraries. Accessed from

Nicholas, D., Watkinson, A. Rowlands, I., & Jubb, M. (2011). Social media, academic research and the role of university libraries. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 37(5), 373-375.

Ponte, D. & Simon, J. (2011). Scholarly communication 2.0: Exploring researchers’ opinions on Web 2.0 for scientific knowledge creation, evaluation and dissemination. Serials Review, 37(3), 149-156.

Research Information Network. (2007). Research and the scholarly communications orocess: Towards strategic goals for public policy. London: RIN. Accessed from

Roman, D. (2011). Scholarly publishing model needs an update. Communications of the ACM, 54(1), 16, 96.

Voss, A., & Procter, R. (2009). Virtual research environments in scholarly work and communications. Library Hi Tech, 27(2), 174-190.

Wand, X., Jiang, T., $ Ma, F. (2010). Blog-supported scientific communication: An exploratory analysis based on social hyperlinks in a Chinese blog community. Journal of Information Science, 36, 690-704.

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