Archive for January, 2013

January 31, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

by Debbie

Thursday 21 February 10:00 – 11:30, South Kensington campus, Central Library, Training Room 1

Twitter is a microblogging service that asks you to tell the world what you are doing in 140 characters or less, and can be used to build up a network of like-minded people. By selecting other Twitter users to follow, you can build up contacts across a wide range of interests. Many in the academic and research communities use Twitter for professional communication of their research, pointing followers to notable items such as papers, articles, news stories, and blog posts, as well as links to other resources, photos and other media.

This session, run by Andrew Day (Library Education and Research Support team) and Jenny Evans (Library Faculty Support team) is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, academic staff and postgraduate taught course students who have had little or no experience of using Twitter.

If you have any questions please email Jenny.

Sign up for these sessions via the Book a Workshop link on the Library home page.

January 17, 2013

Science Online Conference: London Watch Party

by Debbie

ScienceOnline Watch PartyThis year, the Science Online conference (held in North Carolina) will be broadcast at official “watch parties” around the world.

At the London Watch Party we will be watching and discussing three conference sessions (including one live broadcast), with plenty of time to meet other attendees.

Saturday 2nd February 5pm – 11pm

Imperial College Union Cinema

Registration £5

See Eventbrite for registration and payment info.

See Science Online conference London Watch Party for further details.

Twitter: @Scio13WPLondon

January 16, 2013

Refund of OA payments from F accounts

by Debbie

Open access logoWe can refund publication fees for previously published articles resulting from RCUK-funded research, where payment was made from an academic personal (F) account. The article will have to meet RCUK conditions so needs to be published under a CC-BY licence.

To request a refund to your F account, please fill in the application form, indicating that your article is ‘already published’ and that you are requesting a refund of the fees. There is no limit on publication date, but it will help us to process your application if you can provide the invoice and the PO number used when you made the original payment.

If you are unsure whether your article is RCUK-compliant, please request a refund, and the Library will confirm if you are eligible or not. If you have any questions, please email

January 10, 2013

Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: Collaborating and building your online presence 2013

by Debbie

Web 2.0 for researchers programme

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The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in February 2013, aimed both at PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

This course gives participants the opportunity to consider the implications of using web 2.0 tools and technologies (also known as social media, social software, new or emerging technologies) on their online (and consequently research) identity as well potential legal and ethical impacts. It also enables the exploration of social media / online tools and their relevance to research and related activities.

The programme features both a face to face workshop (including content on your online research identity and legal and ethical issues) as well as two optional modules to be completed online, to be selected from the following content themes:

  • blogs
  • multimedia
  • networks and networking
  • online collaborative tools (including Prezi, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slideshare)
  • RSS
  • social bookmarking citation and reference management
  • wikis
  • evaluation tools (for measuring the impact of social media)

The workshop will take place on Friday 1 February and the online modules will need to be completed by the beginning of March. It is expected that approximately 4 hours will be needed to complete the programme.

Participants will be encouraged to contribute to a group blog set up for recording experiences and views on the topics covered by the programme.

Booking details

If you are a PhD student, the course counts as part of the Graduate School Professional Skills Development programme. For more information and booking details please see the Graduate School website

If you are postdoctoral researcher then email Andrew Day to book your place.

Along side the programme we will be running a Twitter for Researchers and Mendeley for Researchers workshop. These will both take place in February. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

January 8, 2013

New books in the library January 2013

by Debbie

Here’s the latest list of new books which have been added to the library’s Environmental Technology collection.

As ever, if you have any suggestions for books that you’d like the library to purchase, please email Katharine.

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