Barnes & Noble Nook Color: User Review

By Nicole Nowlin

Thanksgiving 2010 brought a new player to the e-reader market – the Barnes & Noble Nook Color. The market offering of e-reader technology has been growing steadily for the last decade, and was long dominated by the Kindle. Only a partial new player in the market, the Nook Color significantly upgraded its black-and-white e-ink predecessor into a multi-functional entertainment device. This put it above and beyond the Kindle as a useful e-reader. Imagine an iPad crossed with a Kindle – e-reader functionality, an app store, and media entertainment options. Now, eliminate the Kindle’s e-ink screen and replace it with a full-color iPad screen, crop the iPad to about Kindle size, and mix the prices for a semi-comfortable $249 price tag. That is the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.

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Social Media: Tool for Social Good or Aid to Slacktivism?

By Jeff Cain

Some think that social media is a virtual garden in which societal, cultural, and political activism can flourish, but is that truly the case? I will answer that question up front by stating, “Yes, the Web 2.0 world absolutely offers an expanded venue for activism”. I have pondered this topic for a while, but one particular case of activism, on the web, captured my attention and prompted me to consider the actual effect of these online activities. As regular users of Facebook will probably recall, in early 2010 many females began changing their Facebook statuses to the name of a color. [1] Not unlike many other things involving females, men everywhere were befuddled with this phenomenon. Eventually the secret code was cracked (or more likely revealed) that the colors referred to a woman’s favorite bra color. The point of this online exercise was to increase breast cancer awareness. Did it raise awareness? Maybe just a little bit. Did it give those women who played along a sense of satisfaction that they were doing something “good”? Possibly. Did it accomplish anything tangible with regard to curing or treating breast cancer? Probably not very much.

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Lost in a Crowded Room: A Correlational Study of Facebook & Social Anxiety

By Erin C. Murphy & Tamara E. Tasker


Social Phobia is a frequently disabling condition characterized by fear of embarrassment and judgment in social and/or performance situations that manifests in different ways. [1] Individuals may avoid very specific tasks, such as public speaking or engaging in motor behaviors, such as eating, drinking, or writing, in the presence of others. Additionally, these individuals may fear overt, physiological “clues” to their anxiety, including blushing, stammering, or trembling. Avoidance of these social and performance situations often leads to impairment in occupational and social settings, negatively impacting the individual. Such fear and impairment leads to marked distress in these individuals as they withdraw from social and occupational settings.[2] Continue reading

Open Opportunities: The Impact of the Internet on Academic Libraries

By Isaac Gilman

A Berglund Center Tenth Anniversary Essay

Editor’s Note: This article is the preliminary version of a much longer peer-reviewed piece to be published in hard copy in fall, 2011 as a chapter in our tenth-year anniversary volume, After Internet Time.


The ongoing impact of the Internet on library and information services cannot be understated. As with print journalism, the capacity and culture of networked life has transformed every aspect of the library profession, from technical services to public services. The first comprehensive examinations of the Internet’s impact on libraries and library services began in the 1990s [1], and by the turn of the century there was a considerable body of literature devoted to various dimensions of the topic. Not surprisingly, these examinations largely addressed the effect of the Internet on traditional library services and roles: cataloging/technical services, collection management, interlibrary loan, bibliographic instruction, and reference services [1] [2]. Continue reading

More than Point & Shoot: A Look at Web-based Communication Strategies for Photographers

By Kenny Larson

As an academic requirement for graduation at Pacific University, students are required to complete a Senior Capstone Project. The projects are held to a high standard and require thorough academic research. This article will present findings from my project, which focused on building and analyzing online communication strategies for my web-based photography business, ShutterSight Photography. The study focused primarily on social-media marketing, a networking and advertising experience that has earned much attention.


With all of the would-be photographers out there, there is a growing number of people who would love to make money with their skills. With as much existing competition as there is, how does one stand out?

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The Trouble with Friends

By Jeff Cain, EdD, MS
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy

The popularity of social media has created a new social communication paradigm. Within this new paradigm, the definition of “friend,” [1] as many have known it, has now expanded. This is due primarily to Facebook’s (the most popular online social networking application) [2] use of the term “friend” as the mutually agreed upon connection between two users. The term has underlying meaning as it represents the major element of this application. For example, when I discovered that my cousin was on Facebook, I sent her a friend request that she accepted. My profile now displays her as one of my Facebook friends and vice versa. Among other things, this friend connection allows us to access each other’s profile information (photos, personal information, etc.), as well as receive real-time updates on what each of us posts on Facebook. Becoming someone’s Facebook friend is almost imperative if one wants to take full advantage of the features offered for connecting with that user.

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