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Engaging and Supporting Researchers [Event Ref. No. TG3/ESR]


9:45 am - 12:45 pm


Foundling Museum
40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

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This event will take a broad look at innovative practice in engaging and supporting researchers across a variety of areas. Presentations will explore using library collections to promote research, support researchers and inspire and underpin public engagement initiatives, assisting researchers with practical tips and methods for organising their professional online identity using social media, and supporting scholarly communication.


09.45 – 10.00 Arrival and refreshment break

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome and introduction

10.10 – 10.50 Engaging Research

Nick Barratt, Associate Director: Collections and Engagement, Senate House Library, University of London

The presentation will explore several ways in which Senate House Library is opening up and developing its collections to promote research and support researchers, as well as providing a platform for showcasing research outputs via public engagement programmes. It will feature case studies from recent and planned engagement seasons such as ‘Shakespeare: Metamorphosis’, ‘Radical Voices’ and Reformation’ alongside new initiatives such as collection-focused research open days and community outreach work.

10.50 – 11.10 Refreshment break

11.10 – 11.50 Mind Your Socials

Allan Parsons, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Westminster

While official online professional identities on a university website may seem more stable than the apparent precariousness of social media, official identities are either ‘on’ or ‘off’ and do not permit the development of a coherent identity over time, only a series of disconnected ‘nows’. Since one cannot afford to disappear with no indication of where one is reappearing in the contemporary period, i.e. one must be always ‘on’, social media become essential for cohering one’s identity while permitting professional development through fostering different aspects of one’s identity. Practical ways of organising one’s professional online identity are outlined and discussed.

11.50 – 12.30 Pushing at an open door?

June Hedges, Head of Liaison & Support Services, University College London

The session will provide an overview of UCL’s activities to engage researchers in the evolving Open Science landscape; beginning with our well-established support for the scholarly communications agenda, and more recent developments in research data support and bibliometics.

12.30 – 12.45 Summary and Close

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch and networking


Clore Creative Studio, The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ


£80 for members and £120 for other institutions.*

*Those booking for both Engaging and Supporting Researchers & Open Access and Repositories will receive a 20 per cent discount on the cost of both events. Please note this in your booking form.

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

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