Course Review by Instructor - The Future
The term social media refers to a range of web-based applications that people use to socialize and network in the 21st century. Social tools are central to the social web and web 2.0. These tools position the web as a highly-social, interactive space, one that facilitates communication, networked learning and collaboration. Web 2.0 is a social, participatory, grassroots, global community, attributes that are critical to living and working in the information age.
This course explores the use of social media as channels of conversation (and information) and how web 2.0's underlying principles are changing the way people communicate. Our focus throughout this course has been how librarians and archivists use social media to connect with their user groups and constituencies. Further, one of the threads in LIBR 559M is how information organizations use social media to engage in discussion (and debate) and how they use those tools to deliver innovative services and programmes. (Examples include: blogs, wikis, RSS, social networking, social tagging, Second Life and Library 2.0, etc).
Now that we are at the end of our journey, I would like to discuss some ideas about the future of media and a research agenda; areas of interest include online performance, reputation management, [[Twitter|over technicization] of our work and conducting research (i.e. evidence-based web 2.0) to support the use of social media. Developing web 2.0 strategies and policies for librarians and archivists within their organizations will be important too as an emerging or future planning and management tool for information professionals.
Final thoughts: 'bundle, synthesize, harmonize'