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How to study social media practises in converging library spaces. Making the case for deploying co-­presence ethnography in studies of 2.0-­libraries

Carlsson, Hanna LU (2011) International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011 p.83-90
Abstract
Ethnographically inspired methods have in recent years been successfully applied in Information Science (IS) research on different forms of social media related practices (c.f. Sundin & Francke 2009a; 2009b, Kjellberg 2010). This paper aims to contribute to an emerging discussion on the use of this methodological approach for analysing and comprehending consequences of the 2.0-turn in public libraries. Drawing on the experiences of a one-year long ethnographic study of everyday work-related social media practices in a Swedish public library, I suggest that there are significant epistemic benefits of using the ethnographic approach in this field. By shifting focus to everyday practices and routines in local settings, new features of the... (More)
Ethnographically inspired methods have in recent years been successfully applied in Information Science (IS) research on different forms of social media related practices (c.f. Sundin & Francke 2009a; 2009b, Kjellberg 2010). This paper aims to contribute to an emerging discussion on the use of this methodological approach for analysing and comprehending consequences of the 2.0-turn in public libraries. Drawing on the experiences of a one-year long ethnographic study of everyday work-related social media practices in a Swedish public library, I suggest that there are significant epistemic benefits of using the ethnographic approach in this field. By shifting focus to everyday practices and routines in local settings, new features of the 2.0-phenomena are accentuated, contributing to different understandings of the role of social media in public library development. (Less)
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Library 2.0, Public libraries, Ethnography, Convergence
host publication
Information Science and Social Media. Proceedings of the International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011, August 24-26, Åbo/Turku, Finland
editor
Huvila, Isto ; Holmberg, Kim and Kronqvist-Berg, Maria
pages
7 pages
publisher
Information Studies, Åbo Academy University, Finland: Åbo
conference name
International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011
conference location
Åbo/Turku, Finland
conference dates
2011-08-24 - 2011-08-26
ISSN
2242-0495
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English
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  author       = {Carlsson, Hanna},
  booktitle    = {Information Science and Social Media. Proceedings of the International Conference Information Science and Social Media ISSOME 2011, August 24-26, Åbo/Turku, Finland},
  editor       = {Huvila, Isto and Holmberg, Kim and Kronqvist-Berg, Maria},
  issn         = {2242-0495},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {83--90},
  publisher    = {Information Studies, Åbo Academy University, Finland: Åbo},
  title        = {How to study social media practises in converging library spaces. Making the case for deploying co-­presence ethnography in studies of 2.0-­libraries},
  year         = {2011},
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