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Title:The role of digital libraries as boundary objects within and across communities
Author(s):Worrall, Adam
Subject(s):digital libraries
boundary objects
social informatics
social contexts
information behavior
social and community informatics
qualitative data analysis
quantitative data analysis
Abstract:Despite increased study of social contexts within information science, it is still unclear if and how digital libraries support and facilitate collaboration, communities, and other social contexts. This poster presents a study that will examine the role of the LibraryThing and Goodreads digital libraries, as social phenomena and boundary objects, in information behaviors and activities taking place within, between, and across multiple existing and emergent communities. The study will focus on the two key phenomena of communities and collaboration, under a theoretical framework drawing from Star’s boundary object theory, Strauss’s social worlds perspective, and Burnett and Jaeger’s theory of information worlds. Data will be collected from the two cases using a sequential, multi-phased mixed methods design employing content analysis, a survey, and interviews. The study should have significant implications for digital library research and practice and for related research on social networking, social media, and social Web services.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Worrall, A. (2013). The role of digital libraries as boundary objects within and across communities. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 707-711). doi:10.9776/13327
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-02

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