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Ovadia, Steven – Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 2011
Quora (www.quora.com) is a contemporary, web-based take on reference. Users post questions within Quora and other users answer the questions. Users can vote for and against answers (or not vote at all). It is users asking questions of friends and strangers and then sorting through the results. If the model sounds familiar, it's because it is.…
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Internet, Users (Information), Libraries
Kumaran, Maha; Geary, Joe – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Technology has transformed libraries. There are digital libraries, electronic collections, online databases and catalogs, ebooks, downloadable books, and much more. With free technology such as social websites, newspaper collections, downloadable online calendars, clocks and sticky notes, online scheduling, online document sharing, and online…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Librarians, Library Services
Connaway, Lynn Silipigni; Radford, Marie L. – OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2011
As individuals become more and more comfortable mediating all kinds of situations online and through various technologies, their virtual selves increasingly overlap their "real" lives. Posting a "happy birthday!" message on Facebook is as automatic as dropping a card in the mail. E-mailing relevant links to co-workers happens as naturally as…
Descriptors: Internet, Information Seeking, Reference Materials, Reference Services
Weldon, Lorette S. J. – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Information professionals need to be reachable through email (through cell phones, laptops, Treos, and BlackBerries) and customers' questions have to be answered in "real time," meaning that once the question is sent, an answer is expected that moment. A library in a Google environment allows this to happen. It also allows the information…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Information Scientists, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet