Friday, May 05, 2006

Watch this space - library training series on the way

Summer and Semester I 2006-7 training

I have mentioned previously that part of the role of subject librarian is to provide instruction on library resources. This is usually on finding and evaluating information, and using library databases. However a task group has been set up in the library to develop a suite of training seminars that focus on training in emerging technologies for research. This includes topics useful to undergrads, postgrads and academic staff such as:

*Keeping up to date - using RSS feeds, journal Table of Contents alerting, social bookmarking (such as Connotea), etc
*Who's citing who? - using cited reference searching, citation indexes, finding journal impact factors, etc.
*New scholarly communication trends - what are pre-prints, e-prints, repositories, open access, etc.
*Introduction to new copyright - creative commons licensing, copyright, digitisation licensing, etc.
*Searching the internet - search engines versus subscribed databases.

This task group is still in the planning stages, but it's hoped these sessions will run perhaps in the late summer, and during semester one. If you have any comments or suggestions on areas you would like a refresher course about, or perhaps a topic of interest to your students, please let me know.


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