Social Media for Academics

A Practical Guide

Edited by

  • Diane Rasmussen Neal, University of Western Ontario, Canada

This book provides an overview of social media technologies in the context of practical implementation for academics, guided by applied research findings, current best practices, and the author’s successful experiences with using social media in academic settings. It also provides academics with sensible and easy strategies for implementing a wide spectrum of social media and related technologies - such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, and various Google tools for professional, teaching, and research endeavours.
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Academics and academic librarians with professional, teaching and research responsibilities in all fields who are interested in learning more about using social media in the context of their careers


Book information

  • Published: August 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-681-4


A refreshing take on using social media in education. This enthusiasm and the varied discussion of ways that social media can be used to share and build a valuable professional network are sure to interest and engage those relatively new to social media., Innovative Practice in Higher Education
On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being best, I would give this book a ‘4’ and would recommend it to my industry colleagues., Learned Publishing
Each chapter provides focused, practical help regarding various forms of social media. The book avoids getting lost in the weeds of technological jargon and debates and chapters do not presume advanced knowledge of technology or of social media. It is my judgement that this practical guide would be good to have in a teaching and learning library as a practical resource., Teaching Theology and Religion

Table of Contents

Part 1 The nuts and bolts of social media for academics: Blogging your academic self: The what, the why and the how long? Non-academic and academic social networking sites for online scholarly communities; Research and teaching in real time: 24/7 collaborative networks; Locating scholarly papers of interest online; Tracking references with social media tools: organizing what you’ve read or want to read; Pragmatics of Twitter use for academics: Tweeting in and out of the classroom; The academy goes mobile: an overview of mobile applications in higher education. Part 2 Putting social media into practice: Incorporating web-based engagement and participatory interaction into your courses; When good research goes viral! Getting your work noticed online; Who is the ‘virtual’ you and do you know who’s watching you? Social media for academic libraries; Learning social media: Student and instructor perspectives.