Workshops - Monday, 17 October 2016

10.00 – 17.00
, RBA Information Services
, Freelance, Information Specialist and Independent Consultant
, Online Searcher magazine

Changes in web search threaten the ability of information professionals to deliver the relevant and reliable results they promise. Features and functionality come and go. The amount of information readily available online grows exponentially. Public attitudes towards search assume search engine infallibility. Machine learning, artificial intelligence, personalisation algorithms, and legal restrictions affect what information professionals can find through searching the web.

Librarians and information professionals need to be on top of their game to distinguish themselves from run of the mill searchers. Keeping up with all the changes is exhausting and time consuming. That’s where WebSearch Academy comes in.

WebSearch Academy speakers are expert searchers who examine what’s new and different in major search engines like Google, Bing and Yandex. They investigate how other, lesser-known, search engines can benefit professional researchers. They share what they’ve learned from following the twists and turns of web searching on a regular basis, with an authoritative perspective on all the players in the search game.

At WebSearch Academy this year you’ll learn about finding hidden information, determining the legitimacy of information on the web, using social media for serious research and protecting your privacy. Other topics include audio and visual search, research using mobile devices, open access, government data and teaching techniques.

Learn search tips and techniques that are relevant whether your patrons are the public, students, faculty, business people, government employees or scientists. Refresh your search skills and take valuable insights back to your office by attending WebSearch Academy.

10.00 – 17.00
, Utrecht University Library
, Utrecht University Library

Every week, we hear of new websites and tools that are designed to support scholarly communication in all phases of the research workflow. Confronted with such rapid changes and developments, how can libraries and librarians keep up to date while expanding and improving the services they provide to researchers?

Taking the research workflow as a starting point, this workshop explores how the way researchers work is affected by the supply and demand of new tools. In 2015-16 the workshop leaders undertook a global survey of more than 20,000 participants, exploring the tools that are being used in 17 key research activities.

Libraries can use the results of this survey to support licensing decisions, (re)consider tools practiced in information literacy classes, prepare for talks with groups of faculty/PhD-students/ postdocs, see how research practices in their institution compare with national and global trends, and find out their patrons’ stance towards Open Access, Open Science and developments in scholarly communication in general. Above all, they can show that as a library, they want to think with researchers, not for them.

In this workshop we will explore new tools and services available to researchers, the extent to which researchers (in various disciplines, career stages and countries) actually use these tools, and what this can mean for the way libraries shape research support services. We’ll look at concrete examples of how the survey results can support decision making in libraries, and how libraries can leverage the results to answer questions important to them.

Depending on your skills and interests, you’ll work with either a user-friendly dashboard, the full dataset in spreadsheet format, or with Python or R scripts. No prior programming knowledge is required; bringing your own laptop and an inquisitive mind is recommended!

10.00 – 13.00
, Fashion Institute of Technology
, Fashion Institute of Technology

Wikipedia claims to be the ‘free encyclopedia that anyone can edit' but the truth is far more complex than this tagline suggests. The fact is that not all articles are freely editable and not all editors are successful in getting their edits accepted. This workshop, for people with little to no experience in editing Wikipedia, will detail best practices in becoming a successful member of the community of Wikipedians. Topics and hands-on activities will include:

  • The Five Pillars of Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia etiquette
  • Wikipedia mark-up basics
  • Setting up your user page
  • Talk and user talk pages
  • Wikipedia projects and groups

By the end of the workshop, you will have an understanding of the inner workings of the Wikipedia community. You will also have a newlycreated Wikipedia account and some experience making minor edits to articles including creating citations, uploading images, and using templates. Once you have mastered the art of Wikipedia, you will be in a better position to encourage and support your users to engage with digital content/ digital tools. Please bring a laptop so that you can participate fully in this workshop. The best way to learn about Wikipedia is to participate.



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