What use is social media to a researcher? Find out soon, at a Google Hangout event

A live, online video event called “How to be a successful digital academic to boost your career” takes place on 27th Jan at 12 noon, GMT. It will be hosted by none other than the Thesis Whisperer, Dr Inger Mewburn!

The event had been organised by jobs.ac.uk, a global recruitment website for academic, research and science and other related careers, who were launched by the University of Warwick, like Piirus. The session will be held via a jobs.ac.uk Google Hangout and will explore the topic of social media and its usefulness to academics. Do you think social media is useful, or do you wonder how you could possibly make use of it, as a researcher? I’m sure that the expert panel, which includes our own blog editor, Jenny Delasalle, will have some ideas of interest to you. Themes of online engagement through blogs, as well as writing for online audiences are bound to emerge, in addition to digital networking.

If you’ve never attended a Google Hangout or indeed an online video event before, well they are something like a webinar combined with a live conference panel session. You can watch the session live and also send questions to the host in real-time, who will pass them on to the panellists. You can even send in questions in advance. During the event, you can sign in and then see and hear the panellists discussing the questions. If you can’t attend the event live, well no worries: it will be recorded so that you can watch it later (we will let you know after the event).

There is a lot more information about it, over on the event page on Google+. We hope that you find it valuable!

Post by Jenny Delasalle, Piirus blog editor.

jenny_newJenny Delasalle is the editor of the Piirus Blog. Jenny is a freelance copywriter and librarian, currently based in Berlin, Germany. This means that she works collaboratively and remotely with the rest of the Piirus team. Jenny is interested in scholarly communications, bibliometrics, copyright and many other things besides and blogs and tweets as herself. Jenny previously worked at the University of Warwick Library in support of researchers at Warwick, for a number of years as well as at other UK university libraries, before that!


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