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Current Awareness Tools for Grants Facilitators

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Powerpoint from a two-hour workshop on current awareness tools presented to grants facilitators at the University of British Columbia. The workshop covered RSS and how it can be used to: …

Powerpoint from a two-hour workshop on current awareness tools presented to grants facilitators at the University of British Columbia. The workshop covered RSS and how it can be used to:

* follow news stories and blogs
* learn of funding opportunities and upcoming conferences
* be notified of new articles and dissertations on a topic
* receive Table of Contents for the latest issue of a favorite journal
* find out when new books have arrived in the library


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  • I won’t spend too much time on google alerts as it is pretty straighforward like all google products
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    • 1. Grant Facilitators workshop (April 29, 2010) Susan Atkey Librarian, Koerner Library (susan.atkey@ubc.ca) Sally Taylor Librarian, Woodward Library (sally.taylor@ubc.ca)
    • 2. Workshop Objectives
      • To begin discussion: “How do you stay current?” in your field?
      • To introduce you to RSS as a way to keep up-to-date.
      • To help you identify which alerts will work best for your needs
    • 3.
      • How do you currently stay up-to-date in your field?
      • Share one web site or blog that you use in your work.
      Introductions
    • 4. Today’s Agenda
      • 1) RSS
      • 2) Six types of alerts
        • News & Blogs
        • Funding & Conferences
        • Articles by topic or author
        • Journal Table of Contents
        • New Books
    • 5. What is RSS? RSS In Plain English An excellent 4-minute video introduction to the how and why of RSS URL: http:// www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
    • 6. RSS: A quick review
      • What is RSS? A technology that automatically updates when new content is published.
      • What do you need?
      • 1. An RSS reader (aka feed reader)
      • Popular readers include Bloglines, Google Reader
      • 2. An RSS feed
      • Many journals, publications, blogs, news sites, podcasts, and videos offer RSS Feeds. Look for these icons:
    • 7. Scenario One
      • Do you want to:
        • Get up-to-the-minute results on news stories and events?
        • Keep informed of new posts by favourite bloggers?
        • Be notified of updates to favourite websites?
    • 8. Solution: News and Blogs alerts
      • Most news sites and blogs allow you to subscribe via RSS.
      • You will be notified as new content appears on the site.
      • This is especially useful for blogs which typically don’t follow a fixed publication schedule.
      • Line between news and blogs can be blurred.
    • 9. Examples
      • News:
        • CBC
        • New York Times
      • Blogs:
        • UBC Public Affairs – media releases
        • Chronicle of Higher Education – many!
        • Medical Writing, Editing and Grantsmanship
    • 10. Google Alerts
      • Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (news, web, blogs, etc.) based on your topic.
      • Now RSS too!
      • http:// www.google.ca /alerts
    • 11. To set up a Google Alert
    • 12. Hands-on
      • Set up an alert for:
      • News or blogs
      • (10 minutes)
    • 13. Scenario Two
      • Do you want to:
        • Get notified when conferences or new sources of funding are available that fit your profile?
    • 14. Solution: Community of Scholar databases
        • COS PapersInvited: search for upcoming conferences, special journal issues and student competitions
        • COS Funding Opportunities: search by funding type, requirements, activity location, citizenship
    • 15. COS: setting up an alert
        • Search either database
        • Click “Alert Me”
        • Create a My Research account
        • Select RSS or email for delivery
    • 16. Hands-on
      • Set up an alert for:
      • Conferences and funding
      • (10 minutes)
    • 17. Scenario Three
      • Do you want to:
        • Keep on top of new research that is being published in a variety of disciplines without having to search each database?
    • 18. Solution: Saved Search Alerts
      • A Saved Search Alert is based on a search in a database, group of databases, or at the publisher’s website.
      • The search is run at specified intervals and you are alerted if any new articles on your topic are available.
      • You can set a search alert using any index available in the database, e.g., keywords, authors, journal title, etc.
    • 19. Solution: Saved Search Alerts
      • Many of the databases that UBC Library subscribes to offer an alerting service, including databases from the large vendors like EBSCO, CSA, ProQuest, ISI, and OVID.
      • All databases can be accessed through the Indexes and Databases A-Z list on the library home page (under e-Resources)
    • 20. Setting up a Search Alert via EBSCO
      • Let’s walk through a Saved Search Alert using the EBSCO database Academic Search Complete (ASC) as our source.
      • Find Academic Search Complete in the list of indexes and databases
      • See handouts for step-by-step instructions
    • 21. Hands-on
      • Set up a Saved Search Alert for your research topic
      • via a subject database
      • (10 minutes)
    • 22. Scenario Four
      • Do you want to:
        • Keep up-to-date with a few key journals in your field?
        • Be notified about all articles that are published in a key association publication without having to constantly visit the library or the publisher’s website?
        • Be notified when a new journal issue is out, and what the contents are?
    • 23. Solution: Table of Contents (ToC) Alerts
      • Tables of Contents of selected journals are sent to you when a new issue is released
      • You don’t need to come to the Library to browse the most recent issue
      • You usually need to create an account and sign in to save and edit alerts
    • 24. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
      • To find your journal, you can:
        • Search the UBC Library journal list for the title, or
        • Google the journal title
    • 25. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
      • If the journal is available online, follow the link to the ejournal page to see if they offer alerts
      • To find the alert service at the publisher’s or journal’s website, look for terms like:
          • alert(s)
          • subscribe
          • notify me
          • email Table of Contents
          • set email alert
          • RSS or RSS feed
    • 26. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
      • Let’s set up a Table of Contents Alert for the journal Research in Higher Education starting from the UBC Library journal list
    • 27. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
      • Go to the Print & Electronic journals link on the library homepage and look up the journal …
    • 28. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
    • 29. Journal Table of Contents Alerts
      • Click the orange RSS icon (or register for TOC alerts by email)
      • If necessary, login to your account (many publishers require you to register and account with them in order to set up an alert)
    • 30. Hands-on
      • Set up a Table of Contents Alert for your favorite journal via the publisher’s website
      • (10 minutes)
    • 31. Scenario Five
      • Do you want to:
        • Get notified when new items (books, videos, music, maps) in your area are added to the UBC library collection?
    • 32. Solution: New Materials at UBC
      • The UBC Library New Materials and Resources page allows you to see new materials added to the UBC Library collection in your area
      • http:// newbooks.library.ubc.ca
    • 33. Solution: New Materials at UBC
      • Click the “New Materials and Resources” link on the library homepage
    • 34. Solution: New Materials at UBC
      • Set your parameters:
        • Subject
        • Call number range(s)
        • Branches
        • Format
        • Languages
      • Click the RSS icon to generate an RSS feed
    • 35. Hands-on
      • Set up an alert for:
      • New resources at UBC Library
      • (10 minutes)
    • 36. For further help:
      • UBC Library Guide: Current Awareness Tools http://toby.library.ubc.ca/subjects/subjpage2.cfm?id=623
      • Ask Your Subject Librarian: http:// toby.library.ubc.ca/libstaff/subjectlibrarians.cfm

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