EMALINK Supporting Researchers Event
Posted by selinalock on 13 July, 2011
Several of us attended this event on the 13th April 2011. Sorry for the rather delayed write-up!
The bulk of the session revolved around the idea of the “information arc” that a researcher would work through, going from a consumer to a producer (see embedded slideshow). We all thought about what researchers might want at different points in their research and how we can fulfil those needs.
- Defining research topic, Concept mapping, Search Strategies
- Types of information required & how to access them
- Time management
- Reading strategies, decoding academic language
- Alert services – as literature search evolves, is refined and is reviewed later in research
- Reference management strategies & software, bookmarking tools
- RSS tools
- Note taking
- How to structure writing a literature search, thesis, journal article
- Critical Analysis
- Academic writing style
- Proof reading & grammar skills
- Summarising, paraphrasing, citing
- Types of publication
- Copyright issues
- Writing for a specific audience
- Quality measure – impact factors/bibliometrics – what might be required for REF
- Benefits of collaboration
- Publication fees – OA ‘vs’ traditional publishing
- Publication trends
- Responding to feedback and/or Handling rejection
- Tips for becoming highly cited & reviewed
- Corrections and retractions
- Open Access (Institutional Repository)
- Online research profiles (and being professional online)
- Social Networks and blogs
- Google Juice
Most of the institutions represented at the event felt that they offered training or services that could help with all these areas but:
- Not clear who offers what – Library, Student Development/Support/Study Skills, Staff Development, Research Support Team.
- No clear advertising/promotion or route through the training available from different places.
Other points that arose from discussion were:
- Researchers often need/want one to one support as have specific needs.
- Useful to talk to staff before they go on sabbaticals to see if they need any research support.
- Good to get research supervisors on-side and clued-up on training on offer.
- How can we get involved in the research process and be there at the right time to offer support?
- Important to share expertise between staff.
- Look at collaborative project e.g. EMRSG who are creating online tutorials for supporting researchers.
- Online tutorials – there for staff that cannot access face to face services, access at the time right for them.
- Need to market libraries better and ensure buying the right resources for researchers.
We are lucky at Leicester to have a couple of specialist posts to support researchers and work alongside Information Librarians: