September 28, 2011

You said, We responded…

Follow-up to Information skills at Warwick: researchers' views. from Library Research Support

I have already blogged about the results of our information skills survey but recently I created this handy table to describe our work in a more succinct way:

You said: We responded by:
Researchers seek support from other researchers. a) Research Exchange website content is produced by researchers for researchers. See guides and blog articles, etc online: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/researchexchange/ecr/resources Also see the Researcher to Researcher blog: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researcherlife/
b) Research Exchange website is piloting “Research Match”: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/researchexchange/ecr/community This is a light touch profiles tool, designed to connect researchers with other researchers.
‘Assessing the quality of information found’ was the skill most highly valued. More emphasis on the evaluation of information quality is now covered in the e literature search skills workshops for the Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP) for PhD students: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/rssp
The top five skills researchers wish to develop are:
1) discovering unpublished resources;
2) using reference management software;
3) developing effective search strategies;
4) knowing where to publish their work;
5) filtering search results.

These themes are covered by many of the new blog and guide materials that are now available on the Research Exchange website.

The Modern Records Centre delivers training sessions on how to exploit archival resources.

The Library’s contribution to the Research Student Skills Programme covers these themes.

The Library contributes a session on Getting Published to the PCAPP course.

Springer will also be hosting an authors’ workshop in the Research Exchange on the morning of 30th November and other publishers are being invited to present at Warwick too: keep an eye out on the Research Exchange website or join one of the networks to receive further details.

Online tutorials: researchers reported that most useful features of online courses were: textual information, visuals, videos, links to external resources and guided activities. The Library is piloting an online course “23 Things for the Digital Professional” which will run in the forthcoming Autumn term 2011 for a target cohort of PhD students (although anyone can register). This course will cover aspects of the five themes listed above, introducing web-based tools to participants. The course will run separately for research staff in a slightly modified format, across the Spring and Summer terms of 2012.

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