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Expert engagement: practical researcher digital literacy provision at City - Diane Bell

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Expert engagement: practical researcher digital literacy provision at City - Diane Bell

  1. 1. Expert engagement: practical researcher digital literacy provision at City Diane Bell Research Librarian, City University London diane.bell.2@city.ac.uk www.city.ac.uk/library
  2. 2. www.city.ac.uk/library Overview • Questionnaire & Library Researcher Development Programme. • Blog & digital literacy case study resource. • Digital literacy workshop informed by researcher inputs. • Patron-driven acquisition influencing IL. • Research-based practice.
  3. 3. www.city.ac.uk/library Library researcher training questionnaire (2014) All categories have good responses. The most popular was strategic literature searching (72%); managing your references (65%). The “digital researcher” least popular but is important. Open access workshops were not heavily attended although OA is useful.
  4. 4. www.city.ac.uk/library Library training formats responses • 33333 All formats popular. • Research webpages rated highest (53%), we now have these. • Onlin Online learning for researchers is still a challenge.
  5. 5. www.city.ac.uk/library Library Researcher Development Programme • University Researcher induction • Library services for researchers • Managing your references - Introduction to RefWorks • Strategic literature searching • Making an impact: citation searching and impact factors • Open access, online repositories, finding theses • The digital researcher, using social media tools to create an online presence • Evaluating resources, keeping up to date and news sources
  6. 6. www.city.ac.uk/library Citylibresearchers blog
  7. 7. www.city.ac.uk/library Practical case study resource
  8. 8. www.city.ac.uk/library Case study : Research student Profile: LIS Research student, 3rd year, multi-disciplinary topic, works part-time in an academic library. Databases: LISTA, LISA and JSTOR. Libraries used: SOAS, Senate House, British Library, public libraries. Tools used: Mendeley, Figshare, RefWorks, Nvivo. Social media/ blogs: Twitter, Tumblr, Academia.edu, research blogs Advice: Connecting with others, using social media for feedback, always follow up citations in papers.
  9. 9. www.city.ac.uk/library Online personal ‘newspapers’ as research
  10. 10. www.city.ac.uk/library Digital research apps used by City research student BrowZine (journal browsing app) Feedly (feed reader) Twitter Evernote (notes, photos) – favourite app Pocket (PDF reading app) One Drive Kindle app (reading) Dropbox (storage) Mendeley (reference management app)
  11. 11. www.city.ac.uk/library IL workshop: Building an online profile using social media & employability
  12. 12. www.city.ac.uk/library Read for Research – Patron Driven Acquisition #readforresearch
  13. 13. www.city.ac.uk/library Research student feedback to inform IL “Library support for research students has been excellent. I was especially impressed with the #readforresearch campaign.” https://blogs.city.ac.uk/ludiprice/2014/05/08/read-for-research- reading-list/ “Deepening research on info behaviour McQueen & The House of Worth, thanks to #readforresearch @CityUniLibrary #citylis #fashion.” “Big thanks to @CityUniLibrary #readforresearch scheme, which has helped keep my reading up to date.” “Quick and personalised service.”
  14. 14. www.city.ac.uk/library Researching the researchers • Undertaking an MA research project - Factors which influence the digital literacy of research students. • Literature review, Survey Monkey survey and qualitative interviews with research students. • Hope to inform future IL workshops & training.
  15. 15. www.city.ac.uk/library Conclusion • Key message: Research- Engage-Change. • Research students have much to offer in terms of knowledge & skills. • A University wide doctoral programme is desirable. • Different engagement methods are advisable. • Use case studies, researchers’ topics & interests to enhance IL. • Future: research-based practice: digital literacy.
  16. 16. www.city.ac.uk/library Thank you, any questions, discussion points, engagement ideas? Researcher guide http://libguides.city.ac.uk/researchers Researcher case study resource http://www.citylibresearchcasestudies.wordpress.com Employability guide http://libguides.city.ac.uk/employability Epistemology of Cool Daily http://paper.li/acdelion diane.bell.2@city.ac.uk @dianelouisebell

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