Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs

I’m pleased as punch to (belatedly) announce the publication of some key findings from our work on the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded project: “21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?” (Conducted through the UT-Austin iSchool.)

Teaching Tweeting: Recommendations for Teaching Social Media Work in LIS and MSIS Programs focuses on the results from the module of the project that looked specifically at curricula recommendations for future information professionals working with social media.

Thanks and congratulations also go to my two co-authors–Melissa G. Ocepek and Dr. Lecia J. Barker–and to the rest of the research team.

This paper was first published online in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) in Volume 57, Number 1 (Winter 2016).


SXSW 2015 and iConference 2015

A science fiction double feature:


First, I’ll be soaking in the sights over the next week at South by Southwest (particularly Interactive) here in Austin. I’ll be primarily attending sessions most closely related to my developing research topic, gender-based online harassment (in social media). I’m especially looking forward to seeing Allyson Kapin, Emily May, Katherine Cross, and Rinku Sen at “Sex, Lies, and the Internet” and Christopher Gandin Lee, David Tuck, Emily Lindin, and Jamia Wilson at “Feels X Gains: Emotions, Masculinity, and Support.”

I’ll also be trying to catch some other great SXSW events around various diversity and ethics in IT and Tech. (Like “Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech” with Rev. Jesse Jackson and “Technicians of the New Sacred: The New Native Apps” with, among others, Lauren Chief Elk of the Save Wiyabi project.)  Because diversity just never goes out of style, really.

And maybe I’ll even squeeze in some cool gaming stuff at the gaming expo & sessions.


For my next act, I’ll be a bit more actively involved: attending this year’s iConference in (hopefully) sunny Newport Beach the following week. I’ll be both presenting a poster (Addressing Gender-Based Harassment in Social Media: A Call to Action) and jointly leading a “conversation” session (21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?).

The poster will be a great opportunity to get some feedback on my developing research design and projected project, based on my existing literature review and a recent grant proposal. The session should be a lively conversation based on some of the qualitative results of our large survey of various types of information workers, mostly graduates of our iSchool–my section of the survey dealt with social media professionals or other informational workers who use social media as part of their job.

I’m also super excited to be participating in the all-day workshop on “Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality with Social Media Data.” (That was not sarcasm, although “all-day workshop” may sound like hell itself to some people.) I should get a great level-up on both my methodological skills and theoretical/critical approach and I can’t wait to “help build a community of researchers working on issues of gender, race, and/or sexuality within the information sciences.”


So that’s my next two weeks, overflowing. How’s yours?

Dr. Done-little

I’m kind of a n00b at these things:

  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Most Computer Technology
  • Most Technology
  • Writing about anything other than media (let’s be honest–mostly books and film) or cats
  • Actual research of, you know, things and stuff–and maybe people

That’s why I thought it would be such a great idea to enter a PhD program which focuses on all of the above items.

Fortunately (for me, and probably him), my old friend Kevin T. Baker is somehow a couple steps ahead of me in an alternate-reality version of my own academic career path. Maybe he inspired me, or maybe he has, in fact, invented a time machine in that alternate world (where physics allows such things). At any rate, he has written a wonderful guide to using a qualitative data analysis (QDA) software suite to organize, conceptualize, and collectualize the mind-numbing number of reading notes required by [insert any field other most literature/media studies] programs.

You should check it out. (I mean, if you’re interested in any items in the above list. Except maybe cats.)


Then, while you’re there, you could check out this other post. It schools you (and by you, I mean mostly me) on “Automating Basic Research Tasks with OpenRefine and Freebase.”

And because he’s cool like that, it’s all published under the Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

I’m just lucky to have him in my personal reality before I really start collecting all those notes, before it turns into a classic “Why the F— didn’t I think of that? And F—ing sooner?” moment. ‘Cuz I actually wouldn’t have thought of it. F—ing ever.