Social media barriers pressure to constantly blog in order to stay relevant information overload the distracting nature of being online not capturing the audience which isn’t engaged with social media
Why blog?reflect share network collate learnuse as a knowledge enhance blog as online momentum tonotebook 1 transfer reputation ‘base camp’ explore other technologiesrecord links to outreach direct peoplethoughts on articles to blog to explores theevents 2 reduce save process of collect feelings of producing research workalternative feedback isolation documents 2focus (with a critical appraisalwriting generate increaseelement) discussion sense of follow events belongingcrowdsource collaborate1. Richer, Suzi. 2009. Blogging your way to completion… [Online]. Available at: http://vitae.ac.uk/researchers/1271-194421/Blogging-your-way-to-completion.html [Accessed: 25 January 2011].2. Weller, M. 2007. The ed technie: is blogging a good use of time? [Online]. Available at: http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2007/04/is_blogging_a_g.html [Accessed: 25 January 2011].
How do you choose a tool?“I’ve found that the most important thing is identifying where other people who share your research interests are located. If you can find the tool that other people you know are using then you should probably use that tool as the biggest benefits are in the social aspects of these tools”Hooley, T. 2011. Citeulike and other social citation tools. Vitae. Available at : http://www.vitae.ac.uk/researchers/315451-332831/CiteULike-and-other-social- citation-tools.html
excellent opportunityto learn about modernnetworking withinacademia [I liked] the communication before the sessiona thorough overview ofthe field, [presented with]clarity and flexibility intaking questions andencouraging discussion
Challenges practice versus discussion librarians’ authority rapidly changing environment external constraints reach
Digidol “aims to embed processes and practices that enable the development of digital literacy in all staff and students across all areas and levels of Cardiff University. It is understood that this will be as much about changing attitudes and beliefs, as it will be about realising practical knowledge and skills.”Digidol. 2012. Digidol: developing digital literacy. [Online] Cardiff:Cardiff University. Available at http://digidol.cardiff.ac.uk[Accessed: 28 March 2012].
Other courses are available from Vitae, University ofBath, LSE, Imperial and more
Research Supportat Cardiff Universitycontextualising theconnected researcher
Cardiff University Libraries has an AssociateDirector of Research and AcademicEngagement and a Senior Consultantand a Consultant in ResearchSupport. They are supported by aCombined Library/IT Research Supportand REF Groups.
ensure researchers’ needs are met by surveying and reading literature promote services to researchersdevelop expertise in open access,institutional repositories, bibliometricsand support for the REFengender cross-University collaboration
Cardiff University Libraries has anadvisory role in finding citationdata and increasing visibilityfor publications
“the subject librarians [...] are central in ensuring the successful integration of research support at Cardiff”Bradbury, K. and Weightman, A. 2010. Research support at Cardiff University Library.SCONUL Focus 50, pp. 65-70.
University Graduate Collegeand Research Staff CareerDevelopment Skills coursesinclude Keeping your research up-to-date, Citations count! getting yourresearch known and Managing yourreferences using EndNote
SURE specialises in literature searching, critical appraisal and summarising evidence and delivers teaching of these skills at CardiffSURE, the Support Unit forResearch Evidence, supports andproduces research to assistevidence-based practice and policy
SysNet brings together expertisefrom Cardiff University’s academicschools, to share best practice inundertaking high-qualitysystematic reviews
SCOLAR (SpecialCollections and Archives)work closely with Schoolsto develop and exploitspecial collections andarchives for research
Future directions inresearch support • research data management • funder mandates • OA requirements • data mining • advice on metadata
ReferencesBradbury, K. and Weightman, A. 2010. Research support at Cardiff University Library. SCONUL Focus 50,pp. 65-70.Cann, A., Dimitriou, K. and Hooley, T. 2011. Social media: a guide for researchers. [Online] London:Research Information Network. Available at: http://www.rin.ac.uk/social-media-guide [Accessed: 29March 2012].CIBER. 2010. Social media and research workflow. [Online] London: CIBER, University College London.Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/social-media-report.pdf [Accessed: 29March 2012].Cope, J. and Jones, G. 2011. Connecting researchers at the University of Bath. Ariadne [Online] 67.Available at http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue67/cope-jones/ [Accessed 19 April 2012].Digidol. 2012. Digidol: developing digital literacy. [Online] Cardiff: Cardiff University.Available at http://digidol.cardiff.ac.uk [Accessed: 28 March 2012].Weller, M. 2011. The digital scholar: how technology is changing scholarly practice.London: Bloomsbury.
ConnectingCardiff’s ResearchersCardiff University’s social mediaworkshop for research studentsSarah NicholasSubject Librarian (Architecture)CPD25 Support for Researchers event27 April 2012