Raising Awareness

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UKOLN is based at the University of Bath.

Enhancing Access to Researchers' Papers: How Librarians and Use of Social Media Can Help


Brian Kelly gave a 20 minute talk on Enhancing Access to Researchers' Papers: How Librarians and Use of Social Media Can Help for subject librarians at the University of Bath Library from 09.30-10.30 on 27th March 2012.


In this talk Brian Kelly will provide evidence of successful dissemination strategies which have helped to provide significant numbers of downloads for his peer-reviewed papers. These strategies have helped to achieve the goals of:

  • Maximising awareness of his ideas to practitioners and fellow researchers;
  • Enhanced the numbers of citations for his papers;
  • Enhancing the reputation of UKOLN and the University of Bath

Brian will describe the role librarians can have in helped to embed such practices more widely across the University.

Brian will conclude by describing how the "social librarian" who is pro-active in sharing relevant resources with connected researchers using services such as Google+ and Twitter can have a valuable role to play in an environment in which the Library is now spending more money on electronic than physical books.

Despite the gloomy economic situation which the higher education sector is facing, Brian feels that there are opportunities for the innovative, connected and social librarian.


Raising Researchers' Profile: How Librarians Can Help
[MS PowerPoint 97/2000 format]

Note that the slides are also available from Slideshare and are embedded below.

Biographical Details

Brian Kelly Brian Kelly has been involved in Web development since January 1993, when he helped to establish a Web site at the University of Leeds (one of the first institutional Web sites in the UK). Since 1996 Brian has been employed at UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management based at the University of Bath in the UK. His responsibility is to advise the UK's higher and further education community on ways of maximising the potential of the Web.