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Sep 21

SAGE Books on Social Media

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brian Herder

Social Media Resources

“Social media impacts on the way in which we think, experience, and practice ‘online media’. It is no longer merely a form of teen socializing – it has become an integral part of everyday life. In turn, this influences how we reflect and engage with friends, family, colleagues and politics.” (Hinton, Sam and Larissa Hjorth. Understanding Social Media. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2013.)

Here’s a brief description of three resources from SAGE Knowledge that address social media. SAGE Knowledge can be found on the main Online Resources page of the State Library under Stats & Government. To view these books, paste the DOI into the SAGE Knowledge search bar. 

Social Media: A Critical Introduction

Now more than ever, we need critical knowledge that helps us to navigate the controversies and contradictions of this complex digital media landscape. Only then can we make informed judgements about what's happening in our media world, and why. Showing the reader how to ask the right kinds of questions about social media, Christian Fuchs takes us on a journey across social media, delving deep into case studies on Google, Facebook, Twitter, WikiLeaks and Wikipedia. The result lays bare the structures and power relations at the heart of our media landscape. This book is the essential, critical guide for all students of media studies and sociology. Readers will never look at social media the same way again.

Fuchs, Christian. Social Media: A Critical Introduction. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014. doi: 10.4135/9781446270066. 

Understanding Social Media provides a critical and timely conceptual toolbox for navigating the evolution and practices of social media. This book reflects upon the differences between SNSs and social media and how the rise in devices such as smartphones and locative media services such as Facebook Places, Google Maps, and Foursquare are changing the fabric of social media. As an aid to understanding, key concepts in each chapter are illustrated by case studies to give real-world examples of theory in action. Social media is currently transforming the definitions of both ‘social’ and ‘media’.

Hinton, Sam and Larissa Hjorth. Understanding Social Media. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2013. doi: 10.4135/9781446270189. 

The Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world. Electronic voting, Internet campaigning, proliferating political use of tweeting and texting, blogging and vlogging, online polling and Facebook “friends” all hawking their favorite candidate, issue, or policy point: For better and for worse, electronica has infiltrated the American political process in a way that, some argue, actually re-shapes it. This is the case despite three bedrock realities about the political use of social media, which are that (1) it gets more sophisticated, nuanced, and potentially invasive almost constantly; (2) it is increasingly ubiquitous; and (3) we do not know nearly as much about it as we would like. In a time when social media are revolutionizing and galvanizing politics in the United States and around the world, this encyclopedia is a must-have reference.

This three-volume A-to-Z encyclopedia set includes 600 short essays on high-interest topics that explore social media's impact on politics. For example, the entry “Arab Spring”  ( includes See Also entries that link to other entries such as North Africa, Citizen Journalism, and Hacktivism. Further Readings direct the reader to relevant books, speeches, articles and web sites. A collection of world renowned scholars have written entries in a clear and accessible style that invites readers to explore the use of social media by political candidates in this country, as well as the use of social media in protests overseas.

Harvey, Kerric, ed. Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. 3 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014. doi: 10.4135/9781452244723 

Oct 21

State Library of Kansas Publications Online

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

Within the past two years the State Library of Kansas has harvested, scanned or inherited (via the former KSPACe project) over 50,000 individual Kansas state government publications and added them to the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library.  Library staff have gone through the State Library's paper collection, boxes of publications on loan from the Kansas Historical Society and state agency websites selecting titles we've felt would be of interest to the public.  Annual reports, newsletters, monographs, news releases, etc. have been chosen for inclusion.  But it's primarily been a selective process trying to discern what we should put into KGI.

Several months ago a decision was made to go through one state agency's paper collection on the shelves here at the State Library adding everything issued by that agency to the KGI Online Library... and what better choice than our own publications!  It took quite a while but we now have the publications of the State Library of Kansas back to the 1860s up online. Sadly there are some holes in newsletters, meeting minutes and annual reports but on the whole it is a pretty decent look at what the State Library (and libraries around the state) have been doing the past 150 years in Kansas.

The State Library collection within KGI has publications of the Library and affiliated boards, commissions, task forces, etc.  This includes publications of entities such as the Kansas Traveling Libraries Commission, KPLACE and the Kansas Library Network Board.

The topics in these publications aren't limited to statewide library issues.  They include studies and reports on individual libraries like Abilene (1968), La Cygne (1969), Salina (1954 reprint of a 1941 publication), Paola (1967), Elkhart (1968), El Dorado (1971) and Dodge City (1967).

You can view the different subcollections within the KGI State Library of Kansas collection here:

  • Annual and Biennial Reports
  • General Publications
  • Homework Kansas Report
  • Interlibrary Loan Statistics
  • Kansas Libraries Newsletter
  • Kansas Library Bulletin (1927-1973) [Incomplete]
  • Law Blog for Librarians
  • LSTA Evaluation Reports
  • Public Library Statistics
  • Kansas State Library Advisory Boards and Commissions Meeting Minutes
  • SLK News
  • Travelling Libraries Commission Biennial Report
  • Kansas Library Network Board (KLNB)
    • Annual Reports (1981-2005)
    • KLNB Monthly Reports (1984-1995)

    • The subcollection, "General Publications," consists of reports and other monograph titles.  At the top of the display list for each subcollection is a search box if you'd like to narrow the display by topic and or name.


      We feature here a different agency or division of a large agency and its publications within the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library:

      The Department of Corrections provides safe and secure institutional care for adults and youth committed to the custody of the Secretary of Corrections; emphasizes rehabilitation; supervises individuals on post-release supervision after serving their sentence or being granted parole or probations received through interstate compacts; and administers the Community Corrections Grant Program, which assists communities in alternative correctional services. The Department of Corrections, as part of the adult criminal justice system and juvenile justice system, contributes to public safety and supports victims of crime by exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane control of adult and juvenile offenders while encouraging and assisting them to become law-abiding citizens. In 2013, Executive Reorganization Order No. 42 placed all the responsibilities and functions of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority under the Department of Corrections.
      Oct 27

      Update: Skillsoft courses for Kansas Librarians

      Posted to Librarian News by Jeff Hixon

      Changes have been made to Skillport, our learning management system with access to over 400 online self-paced courses and over 8,000 short instructional videos; topics range from using Microsoft Office to leadership essentials to creating budgets:

      As part of the process of keeping the Skillsoft catalog up to date in both content and technology, 13 courses that were out of date and no longer supported by Skillsoft have been retired. These were the last courses that required the user to have Java installed, which is a technology that all the major browsers are moving away from.

      11 of the 13 courses have direct replacements. Two of the technical skills courses, which have had no registrations, have been removed to make room for three new courses on topics more likely to be of interest to library staff. In the table below, the course titles in the ‘added’ list are hyperlinked to their description page on the main Skillsoft site.

      Two document templates you can use to promote use of these courses have been provided to us as well. Look for links to Getting Started with Skillsoft and Skillsoft Promotional Language at the end of the page linked above.

      If you have any questions or comments, please let us know at

      Retired Courses

      Added Courses

      Networking Security Fundamentals

      Microsoft Security Fundamentals: Network Security

      Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

      Emotional Intelligence: Applying EI at Work

      Creating and Analyzing an Operating Budget

      Planning and Preparing an Operating Budget

      What to Consider When Hiring

      Essentials of Interviewing and Hiring: Conducting an Effective Interview

      The Power of the Learning Organization

      Establishing the Conditions for a Learning Culture

      Taking on a Management Role

      First Time Manager: Understanding a Manager's Role

      Becoming a Manager: Leading and Communicating

      The Voice of Leadership: Effective Leadership Communication Strategies

      Addressing Problem Performance

      First Steps for Turning Around a Performance Problem

      Facilitating Difficult Situations

      Challenges of Facilitating

      A Essentials 2009: Troubleshooting Computers and Printers

      CompTIA A 220-902: A Practical Approach to Troubleshooting

      CompTIA Network 2009: Wireless Networks

      Networking Fundamentals: Configuring Wired and Wireless Networks and Firewalls

      A Essentials 2009: Computer Hardware Components

      No replacement

      A Essentials 2009: Configuring Displays, Peripherals, Laptops, and Printers

      No replacement


      Fundamentals of Organizational Learning


      Pursuing Successful Lifelong Learning


      Public Speaking Strategies: Confident Public Speaking