CHICAGO—“Social Media for Academics: A Practical Guide” uniquely addresses the needs of academics, demonstrating how to use social media to benefit their teaching and research. This new book is edited by Diane Rasmussen Neal, a professor librarian with an extensive background in social media teaching, consulting, research and everyday use, and is published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers. It provides an overview of social media technologies in the context of practical implementation for academics, guided by applied research findings, current best practices and the contributors’ successful experiences with using social media in academic settings. It also offers sensible strategies for implementing a wide spectrum of social media and related technologies, including blogs, wikis, Facebook and various Google tools for professional, teaching and research endeavors. Academics and academic librarians in all fields who are interested in learning more about using social media in the context of their professional life will find this book invaluable.
Neal is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario, Canada and holds the permanent title of Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia. She has worked as a systems librarian as well as a corporate information technology professional, and has trained students and working professionals in the effective use of Web 2.0 technologies since 2007. She is an active member of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
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