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Through the Lens of Instagram: Library Preservation and Conservation Issues

Through the Lens of Instagram: Library Preservation and Conservation Issues AbstractThe popularity of social media platforms in the library and information science field has resulted in a significant number of studies exploring their various aspects and applications. Despite this, research on social media’s relevance to library preservation and conservation issues is still limited. This study uses a descriptive statistical approach to analyse Instagram content (posts) related to library preservation and conservation issues. This research aims to propose a classification scheme for this content and to identify which categories are most frequently used. It is essential to determine how academic libraries are using Instagram to disseminate this information to the public, and this study aims to increase understanding of this area and to assist in raising preservation awareness among scholars. The results of this study show that libraries’ social media accounts have been portraying library preservation activities in positive and interesting ways on Instagram, though the subject is mentioned less frequently than other topics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDT&C) de Gruyter

Through the Lens of Instagram: Library Preservation and Conservation Issues

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Publisher
de Gruyter
Copyright
© 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
ISSN
2195-2965
eISSN
2195-2965
DOI
10.1515/pdtc-2021-0016
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Abstract

AbstractThe popularity of social media platforms in the library and information science field has resulted in a significant number of studies exploring their various aspects and applications. Despite this, research on social media’s relevance to library preservation and conservation issues is still limited. This study uses a descriptive statistical approach to analyse Instagram content (posts) related to library preservation and conservation issues. This research aims to propose a classification scheme for this content and to identify which categories are most frequently used. It is essential to determine how academic libraries are using Instagram to disseminate this information to the public, and this study aims to increase understanding of this area and to assist in raising preservation awareness among scholars. The results of this study show that libraries’ social media accounts have been portraying library preservation activities in positive and interesting ways on Instagram, though the subject is mentioned less frequently than other topics.

Journal

Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDT&C)de Gruyter

Published: Apr 1, 2022

Keywords: social media; Instagram; library preservation; library conservation; preservation awareness

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