Jez Cope Connecting Researchers: supporting social media use at the University of Bath


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Jez Cope Connecting Researchers: supporting social media use at the University of Bath

  1. 1. Connecting researchers Supporting social media use at the University of Bath Jez Cope, Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies Geraldine Jones, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  2. 2. What is this session?● An introduction to social media● A sampler of the sessions weve run● An overview of the support weve provided
  3. 3. What are social media? The old way… The new way!
  4. 4. "Participants are different. To participate is toact as if your presence matters, as if, when yousee something or hear something, yourresponse is part of the event."Clay Shirky (2010). Cognitive Surplus:Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age.Allen Lane. ISBN 9781594202537
  5. 5. What is social media?● Blogs ● Citation sharing ○ ○ Zotero ○ Blogger ○ Mendeley● Microblogs ● Slide & doc sharing ○ Twitter ○ Slideshare ○ Google+ ○ Scribd● Social networks ● Data sharing ○ LinkedIn ○ FigShare ○ Facebook● Bookmark sharing ○ Diigo ○ Delicious ● Plus much more…
  6. 6. Value for researchers● Attract collaborators● Attract funding (private/public)● Attract PhD students● Get more citations● Debate & share ideas with peers● Influence policy● Knowledge transfer● Engage with the public
  7. 7. "I first started using social media because it was clear tome that as researchers we needed to publish moreeffectively to support better development of theory aroundwhat were very empirical areas. So it was initially abouteffective data sharing. Then I got interested in the moregeneral ideas of effective communication on the web andfound there was a community already out there. I wantedboth to be able to record my own ideas in this space in away that was ‘native’ to it and to engage with thatcommunity, so blogging was a natural course to take."Cameron Neylon (Senior Scientist, Biophysics)
  8. 8. Supporting researchers● Our approach ○ External expert speakers ○ Panel session ○ Hands-on workshops
  9. 9. Our approach● Theyre just tools● Think about: ○ Aims & objectives ○ Audience ○ Measuring success● Focus on "why-to" and "when-to" as much as "how-to"● Demonstrate good practice
  10. 10. External expert speakers● Social media users who are themselves researchers ○ Dr Tristram Hooley, University of Derby ○ Dr Alan Cann, University of Leicester● Understand the issues which affect researchers● Speak to researchers on their own level
  11. 11. Panel session● Focused on blogging (in our case)● Panel comprised local academics who used blogs in various ways● Less structured — good opportunity for open-ended discussion
  12. 12. DVIDSHUB on Twitter:
  13. 13. Hands-on workshops● Most tools are actually quite intuitive● Many people would try social media out if they have a bit of hand-holding● Small group workshops● Specific tasks, e.g.: ○ Set up an account ○ Publish a short blog post ○ Connect with the person sat next to you
  14. 14. Your turnConference hashtag: #darts3Tasks:● [Sign up at]● Tweet to the hashtag● Reply to someones tweet● Share a link to something useful Image by MDGovPics on Flickr
  15. 15. Discussion pointsIn groups of 3–4:● Do you use social media? If so how?● What do your users think of social media?● How can libraries support researchers in using social media?
  16. 16. Summary● Social media is a great opportunity for researchers● Many researchers want to learn more● The tools are intuitive…● …but novelty makes them scary
  17. 17. Resources● Cann, A.J., Dimitriou, K., Hooley, T. (2011). Social Media: A Guide for Researchers. Research Information Network http://bit. ly/KGrpSa● Our Diigo bookmarks: