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Monday, May 8, 2006

Umm... reference service? (includes links)

Ok, I don't know if this is cool or scary.
Atlanta's own Brian Mathews has come up with an innovative way to create
unobtrusive library presence in the world of social software.

Brian, the Distance Learning Services and Mechanical Engineering Librarian
(wow) at Georgia Tech, runs his "ubiquitous reference model" by searching GA
Tech students' Xanga and LiveJournal pages for library-related terms such as
library, paper, and class. When he finds a student who's talking about an
assignment or class that he thinks he can help with, he chimes in with helpful

Many people are questioning whether the students find this method intrusive;
Brian says that they don't seem to mind, citing that the entire social
software medium is based on random communications from new people.

Read more about his ubiquitous reference project at his blog, alt ref.

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