Archive for May, 2013

May 20, 2013

Twitter for Researchers workshop

by Debbie

Friday 14 June 10:30 – 12:00, 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 Evans.

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place.

May 16, 2013

Writing for Wikipedia: an introductory workshop

by Debbie

Wikipedia logoThis 90 minute workshop, led by John Cummings (Wikimedian in Residence at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum) and other Wikimedia trainers will involve a short general introduction to the Wikipedia projects and a discussion of how they are created and developed, followed by a more in-depth practical session involving learning the basics of editing and engaging with other contributors.

During the session, Dr Steve Cook (Senior Teaching Fellow, Biology, Imperial College London) will talk about how he uses Wikipedia with undergraduate students and Professor Henry Rzepa (Professor of Computational Chemistry, Imperial College London) will also talk about his work with Wikipedia.

This workshop is aimed at academic staff, researchers, postdocs, teaching fellows, learning technologists and postgraduate research students.


Thursday 6 June 2013

10.00am – 11.30am

Central Library, South Kensington campus, Training Room 1

To book….

If you would like to attend please email Andrew Day to book your place. Joining instructions will be sent on booking.

For further information email Jenny Evans.

May 13, 2013

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

by Debbie
Web 2.0 for researchers programme

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The Library is running our web 2.0 for researchers programme in June 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 7 June and the online modules will need to be completed by the end of June. 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 a Mendeley for Researchers workshop. We will also be introducing a new workshop – An introduction to writing for Wikipedia. These will all take place in June. We will post details on this blog (and on the library website) when they are confirmed.

For further information email Jenny Evans

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