This course will be instructive but also include hands-on elements, to help users begin to develop a practical appreciation of how social media can be an effective technique for science communication and raising the profile of the work of researchers and groups. The course will address skills such as choosing appropriate social and media tools, a discussion of strengths, weaknesses and contexts of each platform; identifying an audience and developing appropriate content that can help increase readership and citations of work online.
The course will look at alternative metrics to measure the presence and impact of research and publishing and provide some examples of valuable members of the scientific community to follow, engage with, and learn from. The course features a strong emphasis on openness and interaction, to give participants the opportunity to raise their own points of view or to address specific questions concerning them either with the group or privately. There will be a series of short lectures with breaks for questions, comments and input from participants and some practical sessions. In order to make the most of the course, people are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their role and research area.
This course is ideal for all active researchers involved in writing research papers, applying for funding grants and reporting performance indicators to management and University press-room managers: with responsibility for strategic planning, publicity and promotion of university output, or other interest in benchmarking and university rankings.
Doctor of Philosophy Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
MS, Summa Cum Laude, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, USA
BS, College of Communication, Boston University, Boston, USA
Caryn Anderson is from the US and teaches at the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) ‘Technology for Information Professionals’. She has served at SLIS from 2005-2008 as Doctoral Studies Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty and Research Assistant. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Library and Information Science Research.
In the past, she was affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences where she conducted research to improve data re-use by researchers using health data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and to develop methods to improve the usability of scientific research relevant to foreign policy in conflict and post-conflict environments (evidence-based policy-making) by synthesizing evidence from text.
She served at the Integration Research Manager for the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Australian National University in Canberra.
Caryn served four years in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State strengthening libraries to better support the informed citizenry necessary for a strong democracy. She coordinated the Knowledge Management Transition in Iraq – a country-wide, inter-agency effort to ensure that all the all the intelligence, relationships, capacity building and reconstruction developed by the U.S. Government in Iraq.