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Jaime: The Complicated Realities of Day-to-Day Social Media Use

This chapter explores the activities, participation, and experiences with social media and networks in an expansive way that includes both their professional and non-professional ways of being. The narratives of knowledge production/dissemination and public scholarship are pervasive in discussions pertaining to networked scholarship so much so, that the higher education community tends to lose sight of the fact that networks are inherently human, and as such will be complicated and complex. Shifting the focus from scholarly networks to scholars in networks allows us to face the fact that scholars will engage, exist, and function within networks in a myriad of ways, and will perform both scholarly and non-scholarly activities in them. The public networked scholars observed in author investigations tend to share both professional and personal information. Scholars however enact a wide range of activities online, and to understand scholars' online lives and participation researchers need to explore a wider range of activities.