Amy Frazier presents "Ask Me Anything: Reddit and the Future of Asking Questions Online" at the 2013 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, May 3 2013 in Silverton, Oregon.
Reddit, "the Front Page of the Internet," has become a hub for a subculture where knowledge and information are regarded as a form of recreation as well as a core need of modern life. Mixed in among the memes and cat videos you'll find self-evolved communities that are dedicated entirely to asking and answering questions, from the most abstract ponderings to the most detailed technical queries.
Since Reddit's user base is dominated by millenials and other digital gone-natives, can the Reddit approach to asking questions tell us something about how users prefer to seek information? And can the values and needs expressed within these communities help us to better reach and serve our patrons in the Internet age? This presentation includes a guided introduction to Reddit and a discussion of the opportunities and challenges it presents.
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