Social network sites (SNSs) and digital libraries (DLs) are two significant phenomena of networked world, and combining them can improve information and knowledge management in the information explosion era. Participation of users and creation of collaborative content, that are characteristics of SNSs, are crucial elements that can open doors to self-managing DLs. Therefore, linking SNSs with DLs can lead to better managing digital information and knowledge resources and the goal of this paper is to define an appropriate model of this integration for organizational purposes. Generally, this linkage can be investigated from two points of views. The first one, which has been the dominant one, is to integrate SNSs features and capabilities in DL platforms. The second one, which has received less attention and this article is intended to highlight that, is to integrate DLs features and capabilities in SNSs. The challenge of the first approach is that users’ interactions and participation are low and the emphasis is mostly on delivering library services. On the other hand, due to the relatively increasing development of SNSs and positioning them as platforms, it seems features and functionality of DLs can be implemented in SNS platforms in an effective way. In this paper, the linkage between SNSs and DLs is studied through the second approach. Therefore, impacts of DLs on academic-oriented SNS platforms are investigated; accordingly, researcher-based digital shelves model for research information management is proposed. Advantages, limitations, capabilities, and challenges of this model are also discussed. These shelves can be used by organizations to enhance the management of their employers' explicit knowledge, such as articles, reports, books, etc.
Nabi-Meybodi,Morteza, and Behrooz Rasuli. 2015. Research Information Management in Organizations: Researcher-Based Digital Shelves. Paper presented at The 2nd European Conference on Social Media (ECSM), Porto.
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