Thursday, 27 January 2011

Microblogging in business contexts

Euan Semple's latest newsletter is full, as ever, of useful and interesting ideas and references. In particular, his link to this article will no doubt be of interest to many people who are challenged with proving the value of social media - and microblogging in particular - in the workplace.

Written by Elizabeth Lupfer and published on Social Media Today the article summarises and provides links to more that 40 success stories/case studies on the use of microblogging in a wide range of organisations. The stories are grouped by business need/outcomes, ranging from process improvement to ideas generation.

In December's issue of BIR, we published an article by Loudon and Hall about the usage of Twitter in library and information services provision.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Latest issue now online

A new issue of Business Information Review is now available online. You can see the table of contents here.

Martin White reports on the role of the smartphone in mobile access. Lynn Louden/Hazel Hall and Phil Bradley focus on social media - its critical importance to organisations and research on its use by library and information services. Knowledge management is covered by Jon Beaumont (UK law firm) and Ian Wooler and Sandra Ward (KM in a downturn). Peter Griffiths provides a perspective on the value and future of information audit. The Scottish Business Information Service is outlined by Maureen Ridley and an historical perspective on the City Business Library is given by Garry Humphreys. As alway, Allan Foster's Intiatives column covers developments in the business information world.

Happy reading!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Thoughts for Twelfth Night

Blog readers who made a blaze with their Christmas lights this year - or who criticised those who did - might want to read this article featured in SAGE Insight describing fascinating research into the people who light up their houses and streets and the reactions of the media. It's a thought provoking article, and reminds us not to make instant assumptions!