Research Support Community Day at South Bank a Success


Academic Services Librarian Therese Nolan-Brown wrote about the event that she helped to coordinate:

120 information professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and national and international locations gathered at Griffith’s South Bank Campus to discuss the issues and challenges relevant to research support services provided by academic libraries; including new roles, skill sets and technologies for undertaking research impact reporting, research data management, publishing and research training for HDR students and early career researchers.

The event was initiated and coordinated by the following librarians, to address the need for exchange and professional development within a rapidly changing research support environment: Jayshree Mamtora (Charles Darwin University); Rebecca Parker (Swinburne); Susan Robbins (University of Western Sydney); Josipa Crnic (Deakin); Robyn Drummond (UNSW) and myself, Therese Nolan-Brown (Griffith).

Mary Anne Kennan (Senior Lecturer Information Studies, Charles Sturt University) presented Emerging Trends in Library Support for Research: Reskilling for Research and provided an overview of issues facing the Library and Information profession: upskilling the existing workforce; education preparedness for new professional roles; and experiential learning opportunities. Results of a recent survey of research support services in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Ireland also featured in this session. Mary Anne welcomed new ideas to inform the Information Studies program at CSU.

Josipa Crnic (Research Librarian, Deakin University) presented Social Media: Making your research visibleand discussed the ways researchers are using social media tools and methods to demonstrate and increase impact.

Pat Loria (Research Librarian, University of Southern Queensland) presented Research Impact beyond Metrics and Altmetrics. This engaging session focussed on the need for new skills, systems and multi-method approaches that enable us to better tell the ‘research impact story’.

Rebecca Parker (Research Services Librarian, Swinburne University of Technology) looked at recent changes within Open Access publishing environments (including ARC requirements) and proposed future possibilities, options and challenges for researchers and librarians.

Susan Robbins ( Research Services Librarian, UWS ) presented Data are the New Black: a case study in UWS Library’s approach to data management practices in response to research funding requirements to better manage, store, describe and share raw data. Susan shared a really interesting first-hand practical account of the challenges and issues, including staff training and education processes.

Finally a panel session comprising Robyn Drummond (UNSW) Mary Anne Kennon (CSU) Stephanie Bradbury (QUT) and Pat Loria (USQ) facilitated by Jayshree Mamtora (CDU) presented a range of approaches to HDR and ECR support services.












Participants on the day provided very positive feedback and many asked when the next seminar will be held! An evaluation form has been sent to all registered participants and all presentations will be made available on slideshare hopefully by next week;  Pat Loria’s presentation Impact Beyond Metrics: Telling Your Research Impact Story is available to view now.

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