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I delivered this paper at an L2L event called 'Best Practice for Communicating Library Initiatives and Research; How to Get Noticed' at the Instititute of Technology Carlow. This was one of the L2L (Library Staff Learning to Support Learners Learning) events run by Carlow IoT, DKIT & DIT Libraries in their National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education funded seminars.

I delivered this paper at an L2L event called 'Best Practice for Communicating Library Initiatives and Research; How to Get Noticed' at the Instititute of Technology Carlow. This was one of the L2L (Library Staff Learning to Support Learners Learning) events run by Carlow IoT, DKIT & DIT Libraries in their National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education funded seminars.

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How to build your online profile by Michelle Breen

  1. 1. Building your profile one word at a time. Presented by: Michelle Breen, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick
  2. 2. About me • I’ve written a lot of words • I transcribed the RTÉ GUIDE • I won a ‘Super A’ writer prize in primary school • Fortunate to have had 2 excellent bosses who were expert writers and benefited from having them correct what I wrote • One word at a time, I’ve written myself the online story I want the world to see
  3. 3. Activities that underpin an online profile, my examples: 2000 - 2006 Prepared slideshows, talks and training material. Wrote for an internal company magazine; introduced me to writing and captioning. 2006 – 2012 More slideshows, training, conference papers. 2013 – 2018 Conference posters, magazine article, 2 peer-reviewed journal articles.
  4. 4. Activities that build your online profile, my examples: • Always put my hand up for new opportunities and volunteered for things • Became actively involved in LAI & CONUL • Stayed in touch with my professional network through listservs and events • Actively engaged in Twitter • Always have an up to date LinkedIn profile • Used SlideShare and set up my own blog • Set up an ORCID ID and a Research Gate profile • Am a serial networker and regular presenter/public speaker
  5. 5. Despite all of this . . .
  6. 6. Reality Check. Do an incognito Google Search* *this might hurt
  7. 7. Establish presence Enhance discovery Increase dissemination Tell your story Tell the world about the things that you are proud of
  8. 8. • ORCID • Research Gate • Your Institution’s Research Profile page • Your Institutional Repository for Research Output • LinkedIn • SlideShare • Google Scholar For full time researchers I would recommend some or all of the following
  9. 9. • LinkedIn • Twitter • Own blog or other blog e.g. LibFocus to get noticed online Library staff could focus on
  10. 10. Establish presence Enhance discovery Increase dissemination Tell your story Remember. Tell the world about the things that you are proud of
  11. 11. Your online profile has a cornerstone. It’s you.
  12. 12. You Twitter account LinkedIn page Blog
  13. 13. 5 golden rules for your online profile 1. Use one consistent name, there is no excuse for a Twitter account called JingleBells76. 2. Use a good quality photo of yourself – get a friend to take one and update your online accounts. 3. Complete your profile, whether it’s LinkedIn, your blog, or Twitter. If you can’t sustain 3 profiles just use one. 4. Be active, participate, reflective and friendly online. 5. Tag people, say thank you, be generous in your comments and share useful and interesting things, from interesting people.
  14. 14. Thank you Happy to take questions, now or later michelle.breen@ul.ie

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