Date of Completion

Spring 5-5-2017

Thesis Advisor(s)

Clarissa Ceglio

Honors Major

Digital Media and Design


Digital Humanities | Fine Arts | Library and Information Science | Photography


This thesis analyzes the findings of an interview-based research study of public-serving libraries in the state of Connecticut. Specifically, it examines these institutions’ use of social media to promote civic discourse online and on-site with the purpose of producing guidelines for best practices. This new research emerges from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts research Experience (SHARE) Award project, “Museums, Libraries, and Civic Discourse in Connecticut,” which concluded Spring 2016.

The research develops an understanding of the use of social media by public-serving libraries, presents three models for dissemination of findings to the field, and concludes with key observations and further research questions.

Thesis Mixdown 1.mp3 (15460 kB)
In the Library and Online: Social Media and Civic Discourse (Podcast Prototype)