The perfect storm: the convergence of social, mobile and photo technologies in libraries

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 7: Think Social
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:20 - 14:50
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2014-proceedings/vala2014-session-7-abbott

Wendy Abbott, Jessie Donaghey, Joanna Hare and Peta Hopkins

Bond University Library, Qld

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Abstract

The intersection of mobile and photographic technologies with social networks has produced platforms such as Instagram. The way libraries are using these platforms has not been investigated in depth. This research aims to discover trends in the use of Instagram by libraries, reporting on selected libraries’ experiences and intentions behind capturing and sharing images on Instagram. Recommendations will be made on how librarians can transform relationships and engagement with their communities through mobile photo sharing, taking advantage of ‘the perfect storm’ of technological convergence.

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