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Reinvigorating our information literacy support for researchers - Dalton & Andre


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Reinvigorating our information literacy support for researchers - Dalton & Andre

  1. 1. Reinvigorating our information literacy support for researchers: Supporting researchers in raising their profile, disseminating their research and more Sally Dalton, Library Research Support Advisor Deirdre Andre, Library Research Support Advisor University of Leeds
  2. 2. Please tell us which topics, related to research visibility, you offer support to researchers on? Go to and enter code 83 32 55
  3. 3. Learning outcomes • Outline why information literacy skills, specifically those related to increasing research visibility, are important for researchers • Summarise key drivers for improving researchers’ skills around research visibility • Use the Researcher Skills Development Framework to identify areas where support for increasing research visibility could be developed within your own institution • Identify different methods of engaging researchers with research visibility support
  4. 4. Why bother supporting increasing visibility? OA policies REF requirements Increased pressure from institution Competitive research environment Good research practice Increase collaboration rates Increase citations or Altmetric mentions
  5. 5. What support did we develop? ORCID IDs: Connecting research with researchers - workshop Using social media to promote your research - workshop Introduction to bibliometrics - workshop Open Access & REF essentials - workshop How to publish your PhD as a monograph - workshop Research Data Management essentials - workshop Raising the visibility of your research (covering a number of different areas) - workshop Contributed to grant writing drop ins with other services – drop in
  6. 6. Engaging researchers with support • Generic workshops – not tailored to one certain department • Working in collaboration with other services in the institution • Asked researchers to help run sessions • Used Open Access week to trial new workshops
  7. 7. We are now trialling bespoke sessions • Designed and delivered to a specific department • Using bibliometric analysis to identify where they may need specific support When planning session we can analyse: • Collaboration rates • Citation scores • Number of ORCID iDs • Altmetric scores • Social media use
  8. 8. • Use the RDF information literacy lens to identify areas where you think further support for your researchers, related to increasing visibility, may be needed • Think about other services which you could collaborate with • Identify methods for engaging researchers • Use the Support Plan handout Over to you – 10 mins
  9. 9. What did we learn? • Engaging research staff can be tricky! • Postgraduate Researchers are more open to engaging with our support • Drop-in sessions don’t always work • Working in collaboration with services outside of the Library has been really beneficial • A bespoke service seems to be more useful for research staff but this is a lot more time consuming (and you may need specialist bibliometric support) • Getting ‘buy-in’ from institution can take time
  10. 10. Summary • Helping researchers improve their information literacy skills around research visibility is becoming increasingly important • The RDF information literacy lens may help you to shape your services • There are many different ways you can engage researchers with the support you offer but… • It doesn’t come without its challenges!
  11. 11. Sally Dalton Research Support Advisor University of Leeds Email: Telephone: 0113 34 36974 Twitter: @SallyDalton18 Deidre Andre Research Support Advisor University of Leeds Email: Telephone: 0113 343 5552