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Social Media and Social Networking in Digital Libraries

Social Media and Social Networking in Digital Libraries
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Author(s): Elisha Ondieki Makori (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 19
Source title: Social Media for Communication and Instruction in Academic Libraries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jennifer Joe (University of Toledo, USA) and Elisabeth Knight (Western Kentucky University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8097-3.ch002


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The modern knowledge economy has transformed library and information organizations to adopt and embrace digital social media platforms. Proliferation and growth of social media and social networking technologies continue to play pivotal roles in establishment and operation of digital library and information systems in organizations. The purpose of the chapter is to examine the extent to which information professionals and practitioners understand the impact of social media and social networking technologies on digital library and information systems. The author also analyzes how information professionals manage and promote the adherence to copyright and intellectual property laws in digital library contexts. This chapter specifically discusses the rationale for social media and social networking in digital library and information systems; emerging social media platforms and their applications; legal aspects of social media, copyright and intellectual property protection, and risk management; as well as professional ethics and guidance on social media.

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