New Reports: "Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 3: Recommendations and Readings" and "Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Executive Summary"

 
This third report completes the Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums report series, and the executive summary provides a high-level overview of all three reports.

In the first report, the 21-member Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. The results from a survey of site managers conducted in October-November 2009 were included in the second report. Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums, Part 3: Recommendations and Readings provides recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums and an annotated reading list of the literature consulted during this research. Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Executive Summary provides a high-level overview of all three reports. The group's final recommendation is that it is riskier to do nothing and become irrelevant to our user communities than to start using social media features.

Several additional resources related to these reports are also available:

  • A Social Metadata for LAMs Facebook page provides a place a to share information about new examples of social metadata sites, interesting articles, blogs and videos related to social metadata.
  • A Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums YouTube video provides a short overview of this work and the reports by Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura.
  • The slides and recording of the Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums Webinar for OCLC Research Library Partners that took place on 9 March 2012 are also available online and in iTunes.
Links to these reports and resources are available below.

More Information

Report: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums, Part 3: Recommendations and Readings
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-01.pdf

Report: Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums: Executive Summary
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-02.pdf

Overview of and links to all three Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums reports and executive summary
http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2012/2012-01r.htm

Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata activity page
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/aggregating/default.htm

Social Metadata Working Group
http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/aggregating/group.htm

Social Metadata for LAMs Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/Social.Metadata.for.LAMs

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums YouTube video
http://youtu.be/a75h1vte4QA

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums webinar recording and slides online
http://www.oclc.org/research/events/webinars.htm#sm4lams

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums webinar recording in iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/oclc-research-podcasts-webinars/id284764834?

For more information:

Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Program Officer
OCLC Research
smithyok@oclc.org
+1-650-287-2141

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
bolander@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5207

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