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Workshop 2a: Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds
9:00am - 10:30am
Session Chair: Marie L Radford, Rutgers University
Location:Workroom 1 (Diamond) The Diamond
Relevant to academics at all levels, this workshop focuses on scholarly identity, including endeavors to build and promote their reputation, networks, and research impact. Such practices are increasingly essential for tenure and promotion, and can be accomplished and measured through data-driven methods/analytics for communicating and measuring influence. Workshop facilitators, in various career stages from three disciplines, will present viewpoints on considerations, connections, and consequences related to scholarly networks, and findings from an exploratory study of researchers’ use of online platforms, including social networking sites, to create and cultivate scholarly impact. Subsequent discussion and break-out sessions will provide hands-on demonstrations of selected digital tools, such as Twitter, Academia.edu, ORCID, and ResearchGate. Workshop outcomes include: identifying scholars’ needs in establishing and furthering scholarly identities, hands-on use of online platforms, and developing strategies to increase visibility by leveraging help from various resources including academic libraries. Participants should bring laptops/tablets or another smart device.
Creating and Cultivating a Scholarly Identity within Digital Worlds
Marie Radford, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Vanessa Kitzie, Diana Floegel, Gary Radford, Mary Chayko
Increasing and measuring scholarly impact represents a growing concern for scholars, who must navigate emerging, data-driven methods for communicating their influence. Relevant to academics at all levels, this workshop focuses on scholarly identity, which includes endeavors by scholars to build and promote their reputation, network, and research. Facilitators, who are scholars from three disciplines at various stages of their careers, will explore this topic from different perspectives via a discussion and breakout sessions. Additionally, facilitators will present preliminary findings of an exploratory study concerning how researchers use online platforms, such as academic social networking sites (SNS), to create and cultivate scholarly impact. Workshop outcomes include: identifying scholars’ needs in establishing and furthering scholarly identities, exploring optimal use of online platforms to achieve professional goals, providing hands-on practice with selected sites, and developing strategies to increase visibility by leveraging help from resources such as SNS, apps, Open Access, and librarians.