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TitleReddit use in the LIS community
Author (Name in English or Pinyin)
Ming, Yue1,2; Matteson, Miriam L.3,4; Sun, Jingchen5
Date Issued2022-12-01
AbstractThis study examined online communications within library and information science (LIS)-related subreddits through the perspectives of social identity theory and social media engagement. A total of 17,049 Reddit posts from three major LIS-related subreddits were harvested through Pushshift by Python. Manual and computational coding methods were used to identify linguistic characteristics of the posts as well as the topicality of the content. Multiple logistic regressions were used to analyze the relationship between psychological and emotional characteristics of the posts and user engagement. Results showed that the majority of posts did not mention a specific type of LIS organization; of the subset that did, public libraries and academic libraries were most frequently referenced. Library services and usage was the topic most mentioned within LIS-related subreddits, followed by librarians and jobs. Various psychological features of posts including emotional tone score, authentic score, clout score, analytic score, and usage of words related to affective processes, anxiety, social processes, causation, and time were significantly related to user engagement. This study contributes to further understanding of social identity theory and social media engagement within the online communication context of LIS community. Key topics and issues in the LIS field and practical suggestions for strategies to improve social media engagement across LIS community were discussed.
KeywordLibraries online communication Reddit social media engagement social identity
Indexed BySSCI
WOS Research AreaInformation Science & Library Science
WOS SubjectInformation Science & Library Science
WOS IDWOS:000710465100001
Original Document TypeArticle
Firstlevel Discipline图书馆、情报与文献学
Education discipline社科类
Published range国外学术期刊
Volume Issue Pages卷: 54期: 4页: 770-778
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Corresponding AuthorMing, Yue
1.Kent State Univ, Commun & Informat, Kent, OH 44242 USA.
2.Kent State Univ, Publ Hlth, Kent, OH 44242 USA.
3.Kent State Univ, Sch Informat, Kent, OH 44242 USA.
4.Kent State Univ, Coll Commun & Informat, 318 Univ Lib,1125 Risman Dr, Kent, OH 44242 USA.
5.Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Univ Lib, Sci & Engn, Shenzhen, Peoples R China.
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Ming, Yue,Matteson, Miriam L.,Sun, Jingchen. Reddit use in the LIS community[J]. JOURNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE,2022,54(4):770-778.
APA Ming, Yue, Matteson, Miriam L., & Sun, Jingchen. (2022). Reddit use in the LIS community. JOURNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE, 54(4), 770-778.
MLA Ming, Yue,et al."Reddit use in the LIS community".JOURNAL OF LIBRARIANSHIP AND INFORMATION SCIENCE 54.4(2022):770-778.
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