Academic Libraries on Facebook: an Analysis of Users' Comments
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This paper examines users' comments on the Facebook pages of 20 American academic libraries and subdivides them into 22 categories. A total of 3,513 posts were examined and analyzed in various ways, including how many of the posts included user comments and how many had none; how many comments were included in each post; and what the percentage of user participation was on the library walls, in terms of 'likes' and comments. The most significant findings are that approximately 91% of the posts do not include any comments, over 82% of user participation is expressed via the 'like' functionality and most comments on academic libraries' Facebook pages are not uploaded by prospective users (i.e., college and university faculty and students) but rather by library personnel, employees affiliated with the same institution as the library, and alumni. Adapted from the source document.
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