How to write a paper in 140 characters or less: Social media for professional development

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Doessel, Naomi
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2011
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The two authors of this paper have never met in real life. However through the use of technology they have 'met', exchanged small talk, jokes, professional information and are now co-authoring a paper. Ten years ago this would have been an arduous process involving the postal system, expensive telephone calls, and a long revision processes. Now by using Google docs, Twitter and other social technologies, a paper abstract can be co-authored instantaneously, from different locations, ideas analysed and explored and accepted or rejected in a matter of minutes, and assistance from fellow professionals gained by putting out a call for help that is answered almost to the second. Social media and technology have morphed relatively seamlessly into the lives of information professionals. Bringing their new graduate "next gen" eyes and skills to the table, the authors create a "how to" guide to online interaction, exploring the benefits and pitfalls, and put to the test whether social media can be used as an effective method of information collecting and sharing, or whether it is just another time-waster. With the explosion of social media advances in the last five years, the paper will look at how collaboration has changed and what changes new technologies such as augmented reality and the domination of mobile technology may have in a profession struggling to overcome the effects of an aging workforce. The paper will also explore how these technologies can help new graduates feel less isolated in their profession and enhance their professional development.

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ALIA Information Online 15th Conference and Exhibition 2011

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Social and Community Informatics

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