[Air-L] Studying online community

Caroline Haythornthwaite haythorn at illinois.edu
Sun Jun 27 12:09:37 PDT 2010

Let's start you off with some recent collections from AoIR members. The 2010 American Behavioral Scientist issue in particular is on target for your interests.  /Caroline

Haythornthwaite, C. & Wellman, B. (Eds.) (2008). Special issue of papers selected from the 2007 AoIR conference. Information, Communication and Society, 11(2), whole issue. 

Haythornthwaite, C. & Kendall, L. (Eds.) (2009). AoIR Special Issue. Information, Communication and Society, 12(3), whole issue.

Haythornthwaite, C. & Kendall, L. (Eds.) (2010). AoIR Special Issue. Information, Communication and Society, 13(3), whole issue.

Haythornthwaite, C. & Kendall, L. (Eds.) (2010). Internet and Community. American Behavioral Scientist, 53(8), whole issue.

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>Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:22:26 +0300
>From: Annamari Martinviita <martinviita at gmail.com>  
>Subject: [Air-L] Studying online community  
>To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>Hello everyone,
>I'm just getting started on my PhD studies, unfunded as yet, regarding 
>new social technologies and online communities and would really 
>appreciate any hints, tips and advice members of this list may have on 
>good information sources, relevant publications, events and so on.
>Broadly speaking, I'm interested in how communities extend from the 
>online to the offline and vice versa, how participation in online 
>communities becomes part of every-day life, how the lines between 
>offline and online communication and relationship building are blurred 
>as access to online social tools becomes ubiquitous. More specifically, 
>I am looking at how new social technologies affect local communities and 
>what developers should take into consideration while creating new tools 
>with a view of fostering online community. I hope to come up with 
>results that offer an insight into how the concept of community is 
>changing for members of a hyper-connected society, and the implications 
>of that change for local communities. My research approach is ethnographic.
>It would be great to hear from others with similar interests, and also 
>perhaps to discover fellow "sufferers" at similar stages of their 
>academic careers, for a bit of mutual support and encouragement. :) Of 
>course, any advice would be hugely appreciated!
>Best regards,
>Annamari Martinviita
>PhD student
>University of Oulu, Finland
>martinvi at mail.student.oulu.fi 
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Caroline Haythornthwaite

Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London (2009-10)

Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 East Daniel St., Champaign IL 61820 (haythorn at illinois.edu)

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