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Social Networking Websites: An Exploratory Study of Student Peer Socializing in an Online LIS Program
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (2010)
  • Lili Luo, San Jose State University
Abstract
This paper presents a survey study investigating how students in an online MLIS program use social networking Websites to socialize with their peers and to develop a professional network. Both general-purpose social networking sites such as Facebook and a school-wide social networking site (SLISLife) are studied. Findings indicate that social networking Websites are the second most popular venue for students' peer socializing and are considered a productive channel for establishing social networks among students. However, the lack of time and the large variety of social networking Website choices have hindered students' engagement in social networking Websites. In response to these roadblocks, the study proposes several initiatives that online LIS programs can make to streamline the process of involving social networking Websites in community building efforts.
Keywords
  • Online education,
  • professional network,
  • socializing,
  • survey,
  • online social networks
Publication Date
Spring 2010
Publisher Statement
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Citation Information
Lili Luo. "Social Networking Websites: An Exploratory Study of Student Peer Socializing in an Online LIS Program" Journal of Education for Library and Information Science Vol. 51 Iss. 2 (2010) p. 86 - 102 ISSN: 07485786
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lili_luo/1/