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A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast

A great post to help you get through the summer as this blog is put on hiatus.

A 15-step strategy to comprehend a new library area thoroughly and fast

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“Have you or any of your team needed to get up-to-date and skilled in a specific area in a short space of time? Last month’s blog: Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple steps discussed a strategy for library staff to get up-skilled and up-to-date in new innovative areas. This month’s blog continues to help you develop your library’s staff expertise focussing on a short 15-step resource analysis plan.

Most of us know how to locate information. However, this step-by-step strategy guides you in a structured way through a variety of resources to ensure that you comprehensively capture more content and knowledge from a variety of angles and as part of a structured and short 15-step plan:

Identify 3 people, experts or peers who are in the know about your subject as a starting point.

 Select books and articles to brush up on your reading on research results, good practices or guidelines. Who has published a lot on your topic?”

Snippets of advice from the post:

  1.  Pinpoint 3 networks, professional associations, and foundations who are dedicated to your cause to help you better scope / grasp the extent of your topic.
  2. Bloggers will regularly dedicate their articles to topics up your street. Find 3 of them via Bloglinesfor example. And think about looking at blogs like Stephen’s LighthouseOCLC Research,Content Divergent with some great infographics, or Peter Suber’s page on Open Access for example.
  3. Select at least 3 discussion lists / forums / interest groups and 3 Facebook pages to follow and engage in conversation with today’s and tomorrow’s experts.
  4. Use Twitter to find the people and the small bites of news with links on to hot content.
  5. Identify 3 videos, 3 slides and 3podcasters. 
  6. Search your bookmarks and discover 3 e-bookmarkers on DeliciousStumbleUponReddit, accounts.
  7. Search 3 web publisher sites, e.g. using which aggregates and visualises web resources and news curated around one specific topic.
  8. Locate 3 funding programmes and projects for information on the policy and financial priorities of today’s higher education, research and ICT funders.
  9. Look at least 3 of today’s good practice working service examples to prevent you from re-inventing any wheels.
  10. Locate 3 education opportunities: be they conferences / events / workshops related to your topic.
  11. What 3 webinars or MOOCs can you follow to get up2date on your topic? S
  12. earch for info pages on your topic by searching all LibGuides worldwide using your keywords.
  13. Search and add to your social media dashboard platform like NetvibesProtopage orRebelmouse.
  14. Harvard’s innovative Tag Team RSS aggregator provides a great RSS service. They have many hubs, e.g. The Open Access Tracking Project provides regular news items from all over the world on Open Access via the web or email.

Follow these steps and you will feel far more confident about your new area.

Don’t forget to set up a system to regularly follow your information leads; this isn’t a one-time exercise. A social media dashboard platform (mentioned in 15) will help you bring a lot of content together to allow you to follow updates in one space. For other related tips, see my previous blog:Getting more up-to-date in 6 simple steps


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Posted on: June 30, 2014, 6:31 am Category: Uncategorized

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