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Developing Your Networks: Social Media at QUB

  1. 1. Developing Your Networks: Social Media at QUB Dr Helen Dixon Information Services http://go.qub.ac.uk/socialmedia @SocialMediaQUB Facebook.com/SocialMediaQUB Join the conversation at #QUBnetworking
  2. 2. Forget Farmville and World of Warcraft. Creative self-affirmation is the most popular game online. We play this game whenever we select material to share with friends or craft messages to frame our posts. The name of the game is to present oneself, via one’s tweets, posts, likes, comments, and shares, in the light in which one aspires to be viewed. http://philosophyforchange.wordpress .com/2012/07/26/foucault-and-social- media-the-call-of-the-crowd/
  3. 3. Key features of Social Media Anyone can be a publisher or a participator Instant communication with almost anyone, anywhere Access to extensive information and resources Emphasis on sharing and reusing resources Creation of new ‘virtual’ communities
  4. 4. Advantages Easy to use and access Most are free Variety of tools for different purposes Instant communication Wide exposure Easy to track topics You can learn from your followers Facilitates collaboration
  5. 5. Disadvantages Time management difficulties/distraction Information overload/white noise Intellectual property, privacy and security issues Loss of control Misinformation and premature publication Blurring of personal/professional boundaries Risk of bullying/abuse Lack of recognition for online efforts
  6. 6. Which social media tools are we using?
  7. 7. Social Media tools Interact/ Communicate • Facebook • Google+ • Wiki • Blog • Twitter • Storify • Audacity Share resources • Scoop.it • Instagram • SlideShare • YouTube • Pinterest • Delicious • Prezi Network • LinkedIn • Twitter • Yammer • Academia • ResearchGate • Cloudworks • Mendeley Looking for other suggestions? http://www.andymiah.net/2012/12/30/the-a-to-z-of-social-media-for- academics/
  8. 8. Which social media tool is most useful for researchers? Take our poll at: http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_ch oice_polls/XEFqf158kHb6x26/web #QUBnetworking
  9. 9. Professor Jack Anderson – Sports Law #QUBnetworking
  10. 10. Professor Paul Connolly - Education
  11. 11. What do you want Social Media to do for you? Online profile Expert status Personal brand Network Community Collaboration Research Data collection Publication Professional development Personal learning network Career opportunities
  12. 12. “Involvement in or resistance to online interaction is largely rooted in ideas and beliefs about identity, privacy, voice, authenticity and power. ” http://catherinecronin.wordpress.co m/2012/12/19/enacting-digital- identity/ #QUBnetworking
  13. 13. Why should you use Social Media? A positive online profile can enhance your professional image You have information and expertise to share Blogging about your area of expertise can help establish you as an expert in your field and allow you to reach new audiences You can promote your publications and increase citations You can easily network with others who have similar interests and keep yourself informed You can keep up-to-date with conferences and events
  14. 14. Social Media and the academic research process Collaboration Identification of knowledge Creation of knowledge Quality assurance of knowledge Dissemination of knowledge Social Media: A guide for Researchers | Research Information Network rin.ac.uk
  15. 15. Putting yourself online Create a professional image Develop a personal brand Establish yourself as an expert
  16. 16. Click to view our Social networking Prezi #QUBnetworking
  17. 17. Social Media and networking Communicate and collaborate with people outside your personal circle Manage connections efficiently Tools will recommend connections Networks easily identified Can become complex Information overload Harder to avoid people Spam/sales people Blurring of professional and personal activities
  18. 18. Tips for social networking Create and maintain a professional and consistent online profile Include qualifications, skills, research interests Don’t forget an appropriate image! Don’t spread yourself too thin! Update regularly but don’t overload Always remain courteous and professional Exchange online profiles at conferences or events Don’t rule out connections outside your research area
  19. 19. Thinking of setting up a Queen’s affiliated social media site? Read Social Media Policy for Staff Obtain approval from Head of School Need at least 2 admins Register your site at http://go.qub.ac.uk/socialmedia Contact socialmedia@qub.ac.uk for advice #QUBnetworking
  20. 20. Useful resources http://libguides.ncl.ac.uk/socialmedia Vitae Innovate/OU Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors  http://www.vitae.ac.uk/CMS/files/upload/Vitae_Innovate_Open_U niversity_Social_Media_Handbook_2012.pdf Digital research tools  http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/ RIN Social media guide for researchers  http://www.rin.ac.uk/our-work/communicating-and-disseminating- research/social-media-guide-researchers #QUBnetworking
  21. 21. Useful resources JISC Digital Media guides  http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/guides/a-z Facing up to Facebook  http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/ManageContent/ViewDetail/ID/2114/Fa cing-up-to-Facebook-A-Guide-for-FE-and-HE-02-October- 2013.aspx Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/files/2011/11/Publish ed-Twitter_Guide_Sept_2011.pdf Social Media Support at Queen’s  http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/socialmedia  www.twitter.com/SocialMediaQUB  www.facebook.com/SocialMediaQUB  http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-for-researchers #QUBnetworking
  22. 22. Social Media Training Introduction to Social Media Facebook for Beginners Twitter for Beginners LinkedIn for Beginners Using Social Media for Teaching and Research Managing a University Social Media Site http://go.qub.ac.uk/smcourses #QUBnetworking
  23. 23. Questions socialmedia@qub.ac.uk #QUBnetworking
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