Health Sciences Librarians in Michigan: Connecting to Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies.
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Health Sciences Librarians in Michigan: Connecting to Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies
Misa Mi, MLIS, AHIP, Library Services, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI; Sandra Swanson, MLS, Amos Crist Health Sciences Libraries, Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon, MI; Marie-Lise Shams, MLIS, AHIP, Dental Library, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.
DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Figure 3: Current Use of Web 2.0 Technologies
Web 2.0 technologies are changing the way information is disseminated and the way knowledge, explicit or tacit, is captured, constructed, and organized. It is important for health information professionals to become aware of the increasing role of these technologies in disseminating new information, sharing knowledge, and fostering communities of practice
The questionnaire was piloted and revisions were made. The survey was conducted during a period of three weeks between January and February, 2008. The questionnaire was sent to members by e-mail through the listservs of the two organizations. Two subsequent reminders were sent out by e-mail to increase the response rate. Results were downloaded and exported to MS Excel for data analysis.
Fifty nine out of 70 responses were complete
and used for data analysis. The majority of
responses (67.8%) were from hospitals (Figure 1).
There were more responses from the group with the
working experience between 6-12 years than other
groups (Figure 2). Blogs, wikis, and RSS Feed were
used more than other Web 2.0 tools (Figure 3-4).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
Figure 1: Distribution of Responses by Workplace
Figure 4: Use of Web 2.0 Technologies by Types of Libraries
Figure 2: Distribution of Responses by Years of Experience