Academic PKM Presentation Computers in Libraries 2014

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Crystal Renfro and Mary Axford, co-authors of the blog Academic PKM (http://academicpkm.org) presented a panel at the 2014 Computers in Libraries conference on how their interest in personal knowledge management and productivity helped in their outreach services to faculty and students.

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Academic PKM Presentation Computers in Libraries 2014

  1. 1. RETHINKNG & RETOOLING ACADEMIC RESEARCH Crystal Renfro and Mary Axford www.academicpkm.org
  2. 2. RESEARCHING OUR USERS • Our Goal: Focus on increasing researcher productivity • What We Found: • TIME: Key constraint our researchers face • EFFICIENCY: A partial solution for time constraints. • Wealth of digital data in many different formats makes managing information more problematic • Problems of time, information, and organization led us to focus on personal knowledge management
  3. 3. WHAT IS PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (PKM)? • Iterative process • Finding information • Making sense of the noise around us • Synthesizing information • Clarifying in relations to adding our own thoughts • Focus on most useful info & create something new from it
  4. 4. SUPPORTING OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS • Specific needs: • Managing competing areas of responsibility • For many, first time doing research for publication • Graduate-focused classes developed in collaboration with Graduate Student Government Association • Slate of GLUE classes • Communication certificate • Specialty classes like productivity skills
  5. 5. PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS CLASS URL: http://libguides.gatech.edu/getresearchdone
  6. 6. Usage of Productivity Tools Guide
  7. 7. SUPPORTING OUR LIBRARY FACULTY  Our version of 23 Things in 2008  Brown bags for GT Technology Exploration Committee (TEC)  Planned presentation on research tools for GT subject librarians
  8. 8. WHY OUR BLOG? WWW.ACADEMICPKM.ORG • Filtering tool to info on this topic • Mentions sources we use often • Includes year long free course, A Year to Improving Productivity • Follow by email alert, RSS feed
  9. 9. 73 93 66 80 Academic Librarian Clicking Links Doing Exercises Changing Workflow YEAR OF PRODUCTIVITY SURVEY
  10. 10. Research for blog Research Guides Consulting with Users
  11. 11. RESEARCH MGMT TOOLS
  12. 12. BLOG > RESEARCH GUIDE
  13. 13. EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES ISyE Senior Design HTS Luncheon Seminar Grad Tech Symposium
  14. 14. CONTACT US • Mary Axford •mary.axford@library.gatech.edu • Crystal Renfro •crystal.renfro@library.gatech.edu • Academic PKM Blog •http://academicpkm.org

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