I used to work in libraries at the University of Cambridge, and saw some of my former colleagues tweeting about the new ‘23 Research Things‘ programme, set up by Georgina Cronin, who is Research Support Librarian at the Betty and Gordon Moore Library (the main science library affiliated to Cambridge University Library). As a new PhD student who is still finding my feet after being out of academia for a while, this seemed like a really good opportunity to find out about tools, tips and tricks that could help me along the way. A lot seems to have changed in how people do research since I did my MA seven years ago, and as a Digital Humanities researcher, I’ll be particularly keen to find out about digital tools that I could use, or which other people have found helpful. Also, Georgina really knows her stuff, so I have high expectations that this will be a really useful course.
The activity for ‘Thing 1‘ is to write down what we hope to get out of the course – I’ve partially done this above. However, another reason for taking the course is that I hope to use this blog more often, and to generally use social media a lot more widely, and more frequently, in order to communicate with others about my PhD. Having spent a year working in Scholarly Communications, I would really like to practise what I’ve been preaching, and to make my research as open as possible. I have a feeling that a large part of achieving this will be a result of having the confidence to publish a lot more online and to take part in the various conversations happening over social networks – so hopefully doing this course will help build my confidence, as well as my online voice.
Part of the course is blogging about each Thing, so I’ll be updating this blog (hopefully!) regularly to reflect on and share my experiences.