Exploring the role of Twitter in the professional practice of LIS professionals : a pilot study

Mulatiningsih, Bekti, Partridge, Helen L., & Davis, Kate (2013) Exploring the role of Twitter in the professional practice of LIS professionals : a pilot study. Australian Library Journal, 62(3), pp. 204-217.

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Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a pilot study that explores LIS professionals’ experiences of using Twitter as part of their professional practice. The researchers used a qualitative research methodology to undertake the study. Semi-structured interviews and observation were used for data collection. The researchers conducted two in-depth, semi-structured interviews per participant (one pre-observation and one post-observation). The observations were conducted for a period of one week after the first interview. In total, six interviews and three observations were conducted. The researchers used Descriptive Coding and In Vivo Coding methods to analyse the data and found three themes emerged from this study: being connected; building network; and staying informed. This study was undertaken as a part of Master of Information Technology study at QUT. As such, the findings of this research are preliminary in nature. It is expected that the preliminary data of this study can be used to design a much larger and more complex future research project in this area.

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ID Code: 61000
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Twitter, Library and Information Studies, Librarian, Information professionals, user experience, professional practice, qualitative research
DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2013.806998
ISSN: 0004-9670
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Australian Library and Information Association
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2013 00:53
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 07:52

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