On the 26th November 2014 I attended and spoke at the University Science & Technology Librarians (USTLG) winter meeting on supporting research at Aston University. The last time I attended a USTLG meeting was in 2012 when I spoke about our re-structure into a Teaching and Learning team, a Research Support Team and a Special Collections/Digital Humanties team, and I was juts about to start my post as a Research Information Advisor.
This time I updated attendees on what had happened since the restructure and how the Research Services team had developed, and took #OAowl along for company:
The line-up for the day was:
Research Bites – researcher training programme
Georgina Hardy & Clare Langman
- Subject librarians with research support as part of their remit.
- Research Bites – every lunchtime in July/August, 15-30mins sessions.
- Record audio & slides to make available.
- Used EventBrite for bookings & to keep stats on attendance.
- Advertsie via lots of methods e.g. new bulletin, direct emails, flyers/posters to Depts, posters in library, in email sigs.
- LibGuides to gather recordings.
- Options to stay after talk to try things out hands-on (in the lovely library training room where we had the meeting!)
Raising Your Research Profile – training programme
Linda Norbury & Judith Hegenbarth
University of Birmingham
- Research support group to oversee research training within the library, run by subject librarians/group.
- Tried out research support (ideas sessions) on Publication strategies, Open Access, Bibliometrics & Social Media on subject librarians first – helps upskill library staff.
- Good feedback and led to other sessions/contacts, but need to review and expand in future.
- Raising your research profile webpages.
Developing a blended learning approach to literature searching support for PhD students
Jenny Coombs & Liz Martin
De Montfort University
- Compulsory lit searching module for PhD students as part of the Graduate School training programme.
- Moved to an online approach – students can choose online module + face-to-face sessions or online only (depending on if they can visit campus)
- Involves all subject librarians in the feedback part of the module – where students fill in a lit searching form to show what they have understood of the module.
Consultancy, bitesize and training – how Northumbria supports researchers
- Provide free advice and help with literature searching for all researchers, but also provide a charged literature searching service for funded projects that wish the library to undertake the literature search for them – charged at research librarian pay rate per hour.
- research development week – feedback that it’s a good brand that is seen as targeted directly at researchers.
- Use an online tutorial that is a pre-requisite to face-to-face teaching to ensure everyone is on the same level.
- Skillsplus – online learning repository – includes all researcher materials – all online tutorials/learning objects are bitesized.
Supporting researchers – then and now
University of Leicester
- Researcher pages – including links to training and development for online tutorials and Elevenses recordings.
- Social Media – blog, twitter, slideshare, youtube
JISC Open Access Pathfinder project
- Research Support Librarian – remit to run repositories and support open access publishing.
- Offers advice, co-ordination, writes policies, support to staff in schools.
- OA fund devolved to schools who deal with APCs.
Applying systematic review methodology from Health to other Science disciplines
University of Bangor
- Supports systematic reviews in medicine/health care but found a growing demand for using thouse methods in other subjects such as ecology and software engineering.
- Bangor Evidence Synthesis Hub (BESH) – Application of review methods and processes to different and interdependent contexts such as health, social care, environment, conservation.
- Issues with applying methods to other areas – no one database to model search on (e.g. Medline in medicine), search functionality lacking in databases, no subject terms, no register of systematic reviews in non-medical areas.
- Centre for evidence Based Conservation
You can access copies of the presentations on the USTLG website.
Tweets from the day: USTLG November 14 Storify (header seems to feature #OAowl)