From Ontario to ASIST 2015

Flying from Toronto to St Louis

Flying from Toronto to St Louis

After a busy few days in Ontario, Canada – during which I contributed to a research symposium at McMaster University on UK efforts to build a UK-wide network of library and information science researchers, ran a workshop on promoting research using social media for McMaster PhD students, and delivered a colloquium paper on the work of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition and its lasting impact at the University of Toronto – I am now in St Louis, Missouri in the US for ASIST 2015. The conference proper started on Sunday afternoon (following two days of pre-conference seminars and workshops), and runs until Tuesday evening. Continue reading

Two talk Tuesday: Evaluating your digital impact, and a special birthday celebration

I had a very busy day on Tuesday this week with two external speaking commitments, one a training session for research students from across Scotland, and the other a public engagement event on the theme of the future of library services.

Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences logoMy first commitment was at the annual summer school of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. Here I led a session on the evaluation of the digital impact of research with my colleague Dr Elizabeth Tait (aka Lizzy) of Robert Gordon University. In the first hour I set the scene by covering the range of tools available to help increase research impact, and providing some recommendations on those that research students should use to develop an online presence for themselves, and for their work. At a minimum I recommend that all research students should have:
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The idea of the University in the 21st century: participation at a pop-up forum

I have a large number of speaking commitments coming up in the approaching ‘conference season’. I currently have my name against 14 presentations in June (and in the course of typing up this post I received another invitation!) Thankfully a number of these commitments are co-authored conference papers where another person is delivering the work, so I am not going to spend an entire month permanently on public display discussing my research.

IASH logoAmongst the list of events in which I am participating is a pop-up forum organised by colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 16th June 2015. Here we will be considering the purpose of universities and a university education. The event has just opened for registration on EventBrite. Admission is open to all and free of charge.

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