Social Media: The Future of Conference Papers

By Lewis, Ray | Information Today, October 2011 | Go to article overview

Social Media: The Future of Conference Papers


Lewis, Ray, Information Today


Imagine two young librarians whose only connection is a virtual relationship via the internet. They decide to collaborate on a conference paper, which they intend to co-present at an upcoming conference. The topic is about writing a conference paper: "How to write a paper in 140 characters or less: Social media for professional development."

The collaborative twist is that they intended to use social media as their only medium for communication across the miles in Australia (850 miles to be exact, from Brisbane to Melbourne).

It all started when Naomi Doessel, from Griffith University in Brisbane, and Kate Freedman, from La Trobe University in Melbourne, were tweeting. They discussed how many of their respective colleagues were submitting abstracts for the ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) conference in February 2011. The librarians said they were experiencing "conference-paper envy," so they decided to write an article about using social networking sites to share knowledge. They both knew that content could be created rapidly via Twitter.

"We are not technology experts, but we decided to focus the paper on the technology itself," says Doessel. They used Prezi as their preferred cloud software and the means to create their presentation, describing it as ideal for mind-mapping concepts. …

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