Social Media for Researchers

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Social Media for Researchers

  1. 1. Social Media for Researchers Louise Tripp Subject Librarian: English, European Languages, Linguistics A21/51, The Library l.tripp@lancaster.ac.uk Tel. (01524) 592546 Tanya Williamson Assistant Librarian A21/51, The Library t.williamson1@lancaster.ac.uk Tel. (01524) 594284
  2. 2. Why use Social Media? What is it? Who is using it? How is it relevant? • Vitae RDF Framework 3000
  3. 3. Essential competencies The Researcher Development Framework: • A1: Knowledge Base • B3: Professional and career development • D2: Communication and dissemination • C1: Professional conduct 30001
  4. 4. A1: Knowledge Base Information seeking, information literacy and management Useful tools: • Twitter • Blogs • Mendeley • ResearchGate 30001
  5. 5. B3: Professional and Career Development Networking, reputation, esteem Consider non-academic and academic tools: • Twitter • Blogs • ResearchGate • Academia.edu • LinkedIn • ImpactStory 30001
  6. 6. D2: Communication and Dissemination Communication methods, communication media, publication Useful tools: • All previously mentioned • Dropbox, Google Drive – file sharing • Skype – videoconferencing • Prezi, SlideShare – collaborative presentation tools • YouTube 30001
  7. 7. Twitter 30001
  8. 8. Blogs 30001
  9. 9. Mendeley 30001
  10. 10. ResearchGate 30001
  11. 11. Academic.edu 30001
  12. 12. LinkedIn 30001
  13. 13. Slideshare 30001
  14. 14. Prezi 30001
  15. 15. Google Drive 30001
  16. 16. Dropbox 30001
  17. 17. Tips for success • Decide what you want to achieve from each tool you choose • Decide how much you will mix personal and professional • Invest some time setting up: include a profile photo, information about yourself, publications, interests • Invest time keeping them up-to-date • Remember it’s social: connect, converse, relate, share… • Consider privacy settings • Don’t expect success straight away, but do expect followers! 300
  18. 18. C1: Professional Conduct Ethics, legal requirements, IPR and copyright, co-authorship • Collaborative work • Privacy settings • Intellectual Property Rights 30001
  19. 19. Pitfalls • Privacy and the blurring of boundaries between personal and professional use • The risk of jeopardising their career through injudicious use of social media • Lack of credibility • The quality of the content they posted • Time pressures • Social media use becoming an obligation • Becoming a target of attack • Too much self-promotion by others • Possible plagiarism of their ideas • Commercialisation of content and copyright issues From Lupton, 'Feeling better connected' Social media us by academics' (2014) 30001
  20. 20. Useful links Miah A. The A to Z of Social Media for Academia. [Webpage] [cited 16 June 2014]; Available from: http://www.andymiah.net/2012/12/30/the-a-to-z-of-social- media-for-academics/ Meet the people using social media to make a difference. [Webpage] 2014 [cited 16 June 2014]; Available from: http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2014/05/meet-the- people-using-social-media-to-make-a-difference 30001
  21. 21. Useful links Lupton D. ‘Feeling Better Connected’: Academics’ Use of Social Media. [Webpage] 2014 [cited 16 June 2014]; Available from: http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts- design/attachments/pdf/n-and-mrc/Feeling-Better-Connected- report-final.pdf RIN. Social media: a guide for researchers. [Webpage] 2011 [cited 16 June 2014]; Available from: http://www.rin.ac.uk/our- work/communicating-and-disseminating-research/social-media- guide-researchers 30001
  22. 22. Useful links CIBER. Social media and research workflow. [Webpage] 2010 [cited 16 June 2014]; Available from: http://ciber- research.eu/download/20101111-social-media-report.pdf 30001
  23. 23. Questions? Can we see that again? Where shall I begin? What about…? 30001

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