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Social media and networking – my friend or my foe?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 1 December, 2011

Yesterday, while some folks were otherwise engaged, I was teaching the first version of our new staff development course Social Media Friend or Foe?: Navigating the Legal Minefield Successfully.  As regular readers will remember I flagged up a few months back that myself and Tania Rowlett the Copyright Administrator had been asked by the Staff Development Office to run this course.  At first we thought this might be a simple amplification of some elements from our popular Copyright for Academic Modules session, but it rapidly became clear that this wasn’t going to work.

It does rather seem that over the past three weeks I’ve done little else other than eat, sleep and breathe Web 2.0 copyright (although strangely my diary seems to indicate I’ve done a heck of lot of other things as well).  My especial thanks to Tania who has had to put up with me constantly appearing at her desk to help me clarify a point and provide a lot of guidance into the structure and content of the course.  I can say that it has been a challenging but deeply interesting exercise, trying to distill down the wisdom of others into a bite sized course.  I did slightly jokingly suggest to Tania that each of our slides could last an hour if we really got into the details – but as our intention was to really flag up the various risks, and ways around them that wasn’t likely to be a working format.

In the end the session and the slightly-longer-than-I-intended-booklet did come together well enough for a furst run through.  I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to offer this session again in the new year with a few more delegates, as from the feedback those in attendance found it well worth their while.  I can exclusively reveal that I’ve already sketched out a number of revisions to the 2.0 version of the session, more interaction, more case study elements and hopefully even more quality content.  Although that’s going to push the session length up to a good 3hrs (the v1.0 was 2hrs and felt a bit rushed at times as a result).

As normal we’ve made the materials for the session available on the Copyright webpages for consultation, and continue to welcome feedback and comments from anyone working with or in the social media/networking field.

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Copyright and reusing objects in the social world

Posted by gazjjohnson on 5 October, 2011

Myself and my trusty Copyright specialist Tania have been tagged to run a course in late November looking at the copyright implications of using social media.  Entitled “Social Media – friend or foe: Navigating the legal minefield successfully” it follows on from a segment we included in last year’s Copyright for Academics workshops we delivered through staff development.  While I think it’s an exciting and timely topic to address, it’s a bit daunting to try and pull the right guidance together.

In many respects personally I don’t want to stifle the use of and reuse of material in the social online world; but obviously we want to make people aware of the risks and especially how they can mollify them.  I’m already reaching out to a few local experts to pick their brains on sources, references and generally for suggestions for content; but obviously I’d welcome further discussions with any one on this topic.

While I suspect our probable overall line will be along the lines of “Know the risks, and play carefully” it would be nice to make the content a bit richer than that.  Given that we’ve got two hours to fill.

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Libraries and social networking – what’s been successful?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 6 October, 2009

Next week I’m delivering a talk to some librarians in the region about social networking using web 2.0.  Now while I’ve various ideas about what I’m going to say, but at the same time I’d be really interested to hear from other librarians about what they’ve tried – or even thought about trying – in this regard.

It can be about any aspect of social networking, from reader development and user engagement, through to educational examples and professional development.  I’m interested in it all!

I’m especially interested in learning about any barriers that have stood in your way, and the ways in which you have either overcome them, worked around them or even been brought up short!  Examples might include

  • Facebook presence: How has is helped?  Are you fully exploiting it? Did you try it as an organisation and then discard it for some reason?
  • Twitter – what has it doen for you?  What can you do now that you could never do before?
  • LinkedIn – a waste of time in the UK or a run away international success?
  • Any other example – with links if possible.

And it goes without saying that post talk I’ll be sharing the talk, as well the comments from the librarians gathered.  Many of whom I suspect are very much cynical about the whole Web 2.0 experience and the apparent drain it puts on their staffing time resources!  Thus this is going to need to one of those sessions that’s not preaching to the converted – rather it’s going to need to really win them over!

The talk by the way is next thursday and I’ll be using the tag #liem when I’m tweeting about it (especially during the event – hopefully I’ll have a twitterfall running in the room!)

[Edit Fri 16th Oct: Well as you might have picked up from my online silence, I came down with the dreadded flu and had to scrap this session.  But have no fear, I hope to represent it at some point in the near future!]

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Shirky on small worlds

Posted by selinalock on 19 September, 2008

The small worlds project at the University is partly inspired by ideas from Clay Shirky’s “Here comes everybody” book.
This is my summary of his ideas on online communities as small worlds:

  • Small worlds network consists of small groups that are densely connected and large groups that are sparsely connected.
  • Links between different groups are through a few “highly connected” people – does this mean our small world advocates need to have the potential to become highly connected?
  • Communities work on the idea of social capital (see: Putnam, bowling Alone for more info)
  • Small groups are held together by bonding social capital e.g. super glue because they know the same people and do the same things.
  • Bridging social capital is what connects different groups together e.g. WD40 – helps grease the wheels between different ideas.
  • Studies showed that people who bridged communities (e.g. had connections outside their immediate Department) were more likely to come up with interesting new ideas.
  • Social networks and ideas such as OpenSource software work on social captial – ie. if I take care of you now then someone will take care of me later.
  • Online social tools work on three principles: 1. A promise (what promise will make me joing the network) 2. Tool (how will the network communicate) and 3. Bargain (what will I get out of this and what will other expect of me).
  • The promise is what convinces a potential user to become an actual user e.g. flickr promises free photo hosting and sharing.
  • Tools have to be easy to use and fit for purpose so that they do not present barriers to users.
  • The bargain cannot be fully determined in advance as the users help create it – they decide on the group values and etiquette.
  • “The important questions aren’t whether these tools will spread or reshape society but rather how they do so.”
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