Lexis Nexis on Two Point Zero

The results from this survey amaze me:

“Information professionals are savvy when it comes to leveraging technology to make information more valuable, relevant, and accessible, with 93% of librarians saying they currently use intranets for managing and distributing information, and seeing collaborative workspaces (57%), wireless (44%), and portals (51%) as very important for the future.

The survey revealed an interesting breakdown and frequency of information sources accessed. With Web 2.0 it’s no surprise that information professionals are very in-tune; nearly four in ten access Weblogs at least weekly (39%), and more than a third access wikis (34%).

For more traditional sources there was even greater usage. More than nine in ten surveyed access news Web sites (92%), and company Web sites (93%) at least weekly (or more often). Video or audio podcasts were rarely accessed. Less than two in ten access video podcasts (16%), or audio podcasts (15%).”

Nothing on networking (Facebook, MySpace, etc). The results amaze me in a good way. I’m still not convinced that these social networking tools are useful at all in a corporate library setting. I think corporate libraries are still mostly about research, with managing content and blogs/wikis behind that.

5 Responses to “Lexis Nexis on Two Point Zero”

  1. Cindy Larson
    June 5, 2007 at 10:09 am #

    Hm. I’m not sure I agree with you on the social network tools in a corporate library. If we’re smart, corporate libraries are about research, content management, information delivery and connections. Social networking tools are excellent for connections and information delivery.

  2. Steven
    June 5, 2007 at 10:18 am #

    Cindy: I couldn’t agree with you more on the connections piece, but we shouldn’t be using MySpace or FaceBook for that. I may be able to bend on Linkedin.com though. The problem with all of these pop culture social networking tools, IMO, is that there is too much glitz and not enough content.

  3. Cindy Larson
    June 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    I should have clarified – the importance of the social network tools installed inside the firewall of the organization – a la AskMe et al.

  4. Steven Kaye
    June 18, 2007 at 10:53 pm #

    I’m actually curious how the time corporate librarian spend on research vs. content management and training has changed, if at all. My hunch is we’re spending less time on research, but that’s not based on anything scientific. Time to whip up something on SurveyMonkey?

    Microsoft SharePoint Server lets users search for people by common interests, expertise, etc. but I don’t have direct experience of how well it works.

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