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What #jobsQ Live Video Hangout ‘How to be a Successful Digital Academic to Boost your Career’
When 12pm GMT
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Where Online at our G+ Events Page
Who for Academics, Researchers, PhDs, staff supporting PhDs & Researchers
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Cost Free!
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The way academic work is published is changing. Along with traditional publishing academics are increasingly looking to digital channels to maximise the impact of their work.

You may already be on Twitter and LinkedIn but how can you use these and other tools to enhance your research and widen public engagement? How much time should you be spending on your digital academic profile and what are the risks to your professional image and organisation?

To help you identify how you can use digital tools to enhance your research and career to give you a competitive advantage, is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a #jobsQ Google+ Hangout.

When:     Tuesday 27th January 2015
Time:      12pm GMT Time Zone Converter
Length:   60 minutes
Where:    Online at the’s G+ Events Page

By attending this #jobsQ Hangout you will learn how:

  • How to blend digital tools into your current work and conferences
  • How to manage your time online effectively
  • How to write for an online audience
  • How to use a blog to increase your public engagement
  • How digital networking can enhance your research
  • How to effectively use online networking to find collaborators

What is a Google Hangout? Google+ Hangouts on Air are live online video events of Q&A sessions with a group of expert panellists. By following us on Google+ you will be able to watch the live online video and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation.

We want to hear from you - our #jobsQ Video Hangouts are a two way conversation between our panel of dedicated experts and you.

Respond 'yes' on our Google+ event page to attend

How to get involved:

  • Get YOUR questions answered – click the Q&A logo in the top right hand corner of the video pane

  • You'll then see a section on the right-hand side of the Hangout On Air where you can post a question
  • In the bottom right-hand corner of the viewing window, click 'Ask a new question'
  • Type in your question & click ‘Submit’
  • To stay up to date with the latest event news click ‘Add to circles’ on the event page.

If you're not signed in with a Google account, you will not see the Q&A app, instead head to Twitter to tweet your questions and use the #jobsQ hashtag.

Respond 'yes' on our Google+ event page to attend

We’re looking forward to having you involved!

Meet the panel

We have picked a panel of experienced, passionate and friendly experts all keen to help answer your digital questions.

Dr Inger Mewburn
Director of Research Training at The Australian National University

Dr Inger Mewburn is a researcher specialising in the study of research education and research student support. Inger is also the editor of popular blog ‘newspaper’, The Thesis Whisperer which has over 25,000 subscribers and around 80,000 visits a week. Inger’s main areas of research interest are doctoral education theory and practice, research practice and policy, design teaching and online education.

Currently the Director of Research Training at The Australian National University, Inger is responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience to inform practice.

Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, Inger writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences, with a special interest in the digital practices of academics.

Andy Tattersall
Information Specialist at ScHARR, The University of Sheffield

I joined ScHARR in 2001 after working as a journalist with my remit to provide support and guidance to staff and students in their use of technology and information resources. My role is to scan the horizon for opportunities relating to research, teaching and collaboration and maintain networks that support this. I have a keen interest in new ways of working by employing Web 2.0 and Social Media including video but also pay close attention to the implications and pitfalls for using such advances. I offer guidance and support on information literacies and digital copyright.

My main areas of work are in Web 2.0, Social Media, Google Apps, Altmetrics, MOOCs, Infographics, and the Web. I started the ScHARR Bite Size series - where we teach you something new in 20 minutes which has been replicated at various universities. I also run the popular ScHARR Information Resources Blog. My research interests are focused in the area of modern Web tools, Altmetrics, Web 2.0, social networks and software and their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and transfer and collaboration. I am very interested in how we manage information and how information overload affects our professional and personal lives. I am the Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - Multi Media and Information Technology Committee. I am also a Mendeley Advisor for the social reference management software company.

David White
Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts London

David has worked in various roles where digital, learning and culture meet, including:

  • Senior lecturer in visual communication
  • Making proof-of-concept pilots for delivering media online at the BBC
  • Managing a team of online distance learning developers at the University of Oxford
  • Leading numerous studies around the impact of the Web on learning and higher education.

He is currently Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts London – in the ‘CLTAD‘ group. His best-known/most-used idea is a way of understanding individuals motivations to engage online: “Visitors and Residents”. For David the digital is much more than a set of tools or a chaotic library, it’s a place where we can learn and live.

Jenny Delasalle
Editor of the Piirus blog and Twitter feed

Jenny Delasalle is editor of the Piirus blog and Twitter feed. Jenny is a freelance copywriter and librarian, based in Berlin, Germany. This means that she works collaboratively and remotely with Piirus’ academic correspondents and with Piirus staff. Jenny has expertise in scholarly communications, including publishing practices and online tools, where the value of collaboration and community is apparent. Researcher performance measurement through bibliometrics and uses for altmetrics are also amongst Jenny’s interests, where she sees context as key. Jenny currently teaches at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and previously worked at the University of Warwick Library, as well as at other UK university libraries.

Michael Duignan
Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Passionate about the power of digital scholarship, Mike believes the world of online, social media communications is a vital step for both early career and well-established academics. He regularly commentates on the strategic and practical reasons why busy researchers, of whom already have enough on their plate, should engage with what is often considered less scholarly forms of both academic production and reproduction.

Mike has held both professional and academic ties to the world of developing digital literacy. He has recently authored University programme ‘Becoming a Digital Scholar’ at Anglia Ruskin University in 2014, delivering a series of talks on the subject. Prior to this he managed the RCUK funded Vitae national ‘Digital Researcher’ conference at the British Library in 2011 and 2012’with BBC’s Dr Aleks Krotoski, and leading author in the field of digital scholarship: Professor Martin Weller (Open University). Mike uses a range of tech within his own research, inc blogs, video publishing; social networks, and is currently writing a paper around how social-networks can be used as a key technique for snowball sampling.

Mikes talk from October, 2014 below, outlines the key strategic options, considerations and issues researchers face in light of becoming more digital in their everyday scholarly practice.
‘Digital Scholarship… is it all worth it?’ (Oct, 2014) - part 1, - part 2, - part 3

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