2018: Melbourne


Research Support Community Day 2018 took place on Monday 12 February at the University of Melbourne.

8.45 am – 9.45 am Registration – Coffee and Networking

9.00 am – 9.30 am University of Melbourne Library Tours (optional)

Come and take a tour of the Baillieu Library, and hear about services and support available to researchers. Please meet in the foyer at 9am sharp. This library is located next to Arts West, the Research Support Community Day venue. Map.


The library collects design history from the faculty to Australasia. Please note that as the library will be closed to the public during the tour, attendees will need to be at the library entrance at 9 am sharp for the tour. The Architecture, Building and Planning Library is situated on the Ground floor and Basement of the Melbourne School of Design Building, Parkville campus. The library is a 7 minute walk from Arts West, the Research Support Community Day venue. Map.

9.45 am Welcome Jennifer Warburton (Manager: Research Publications and Programs, The University of Melbourne)

9.55 am Library Carpentry case studies Sharron Stapleton (Research Data Librarian, QUT) and Matthias Liffers (Library Manager, Science, University of Western Australia)

Library Carpentry is software and data skills training aimed at the needs and requirements of library professionals. Library Carpentry is made by librarians, for librarians to help:

  • automate repetitive, boring, error-prone tasks

  • create, maintain and analyse sustainable and reusable data

  • work effectively with IT and systems colleagues

  • better understand the use of software in research (Library Carpentry, 2017)

Sharron and Matthias will introduce the Carpentries’ community learning model and present case studies where learning some basic computational skills has saved considerable time and effort in the work of librarians.

10.20 am SAGE Publishing & Big Data (a message from our sponsor) Rosalia da Garcia (Managing Director, Asia Pacific, SAGE Publishing)

10.40 am ALIA – Research specialisation Judy Brooker (Director of Learning, ALIA)

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) under the direction of our constitution has a key responsibility: “To ensure the high standard of personnel engaged in information provision and foster their professional interests and aspirations”. From this premise ALIA has developed a range of supporting mechanisms. A commitment to ongoing learning and research is fundamental to the fulfilment of this responsibility.

The ALIA PD Scheme provides a support framework for LIS professionals and within that framework is the opportunity to concentrate your post qualification learning using the ALIA Specialisations. The existing ‘Academic /Research Specialisation’ is most suited to this role and the in development ‘LIS Practitioner Research Specialisation’ will strengthen this area. I will discuss how the ALIA PD Scheme Specialisations work and how they support Research.

10.50 am Bibliometric competencies Stephanie Bradbury (QUT)

The bibliometric competency model was released in 2017 by a team of UK and German librarians. The competencies were developed to support bibliometric practitioners worldwide and ensure they are equipped with the skills required to do their work well and responsibly.

11.00 am Morning Tea (Sponsor: SAGE Publishing | Caterer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

11.30 am Wikimedia Australia Dr Thomas Shafee (Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science – LIMS)

Wikimedia Australia undertakes outreach activities, develops resources and builds systems that empower and engage people to collect, share and promote free cultural works. Partnerships have included towns such as Fremantle, W.A. and organisations such as the Australian War Memorial. Dr Thomas Shafee will give an overview of Wikimedia Australia and outline recent and forthcoming activities.

11.50 am Navigating the shift to journal data sharing policies Natasha Simons (Program Leader for Skills, Policy and Resources, ANDS)

An increasing number of scholarly publishers and journals are implementing policies and procedures that require published articles to be accompanied by the underlying research data. These policies are an important part of the shift toward reproducible research and have been shown to influence researchers’ willingness to share research data to varying extents. However journal data availability policies are highly idiosyncratic, vary in strength from encouraging to mandating data sharing, and are often difficult to interpret. This makes it challenging for researchers to comply, editors to introduce and research support staff to assist. This presentation will examine why and how more scholarly publishers/journals are introducing data availability policies and explore the differences in journal data sharing policies, referring to examples. It will outline the challenges of current data policies, what is expected of various stakeholders, and reflect on efforts in Australia to engage stakeholders in conversation to improve data policies including 2017 Social Sciences and Health and Medical roundtables. It will conclude with an update on international collaborations that are helping to facilitate wider adoption of clear, consistent policies for publishing research data.

12.10 pm Clarivate as the Citation Provider for ERA Jean-Francois Desvignes-Hicks (Solution Consultant, Scientific and Academic Research, Clarivate Analytics)

Clarivate Analytics was selected in 2017 to become the Citation provider by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. We will first highlight the data from the Web of Science that was made available by our team to Australian Higher Education Providers (HEP) for ERA. Then, we will focus on the solutions developed my Clarivate Analytics to support the Australian HEPs when preparing and analysing their data and prior to the submission to the ARC.

12.20 pm Remarrying research and collection services around access to corpora and text mining, are new technical literacy skills needed? Ingrid Mason (Deployment Strategist, AARNet)

12.30 pm “Speed” research support – 5 x 5 minute presentations:

1. Research in Practice for LIS professionals Twitter Chat Susan Robbins (Western Sydney University)

2. Developing a library and student success research lifecycle model Dr. Gary Pearce (RMIT University)

3. Through the green door to OA Chris Evans (University of Tasmania)

4. Embedded research librarians Julia Philips (Defence Science and Technology Group)

5. Moving towards a new IR using RIS-PURE Jayshree Mamtora (Charles Darwin University)

1.00 pm Lunch (Sponsor: SAGE Publishing | Caterer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

2.00 pm The Conversation as a Research Engagement Tool Charis Palmer (Deputy Editor, The Conversation)

The Conversation is as a research engagement tool which is becoming increasingly important for researchers to disseminate their ideas on topical issues to a broad audience. Researchers are routinely approached for media interviews following posts of their work. Charis Palmer will outline the reach of The Conversation and some brief tips on pitching ideas that librarians can pass on to our researchers.

2.20 pm “Speed” research support – 4 x 5 minute presentations:

1. Research support starts at home: Deakin University Liaison Librarian training and development Dr. Nicola Ivory (Deakin University)

2. Around the (research) world: a whistle-stop tour of NCRIS Kathryn Unsworth (ANDS)

3. A practical approach to predatory publishing Naomi Mullumby & Sarah Charing (The University of Melbourne)

4. Murdoch Research aims for United Nation Sustainability Goals Dawn McLoughlin (Murdoch University)

2.45 pm Workshops:

1. Research lifecycle – Innovative Library support for researchers throughout the research lifecycle Emma McLean (Outreach Team Leader – Science, Engineering and Medicine, UNSW Sydney)

This workshop is an opportunity for participants to share innovative services that libraries are currently providing to support the research lifecycle and brainstorm potential new services to take back to their institutions.


2. Wikipedia editing Dr Julia Kuehns (Liaison Librarian Research – Arts, University of Melbourne) and Dr Thomas Shafee (Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science)

This informal workshop will introduce the basics of Wikipedia editing in a “beginners” stream while participants with some existing Wikipedia knowledge can explore more advanced features in an “experienced” stream. Time permitting we will also offer some tips for planning your own Wikipedia event.


3. Digital Spring Clean: Help Researchers Manage their Privacy, Identity, and Reputation Online Ashley Sutherland, Arts Faculty Librarian, Kylie Tran, Senior Client Services Librarian, and Kathryn Lindsay Senior Librarian Bibliographic Software, University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne Library has recently run a series of pop-ups and workshops to raise awareness of online security, privacy and identity. We have developed a suite of resources to help research students check their online privacy settings, identify if their data has been breached, and provide some tips for keeping their online presence “clean”. In a networked world, managing your personal online presence is a vital digital literacy skill. During this hands-on workshop we will offer advice on how to run your own ‘Digital Spring Clean’ session and take you through some of the practical ways you can help researchers evaluate their social media settings, secure their online accounts and manage their online identity. Please bring your laptop or tablet to this workshop.

3.40 pm

Afternoon tea (Sponsor: SAGE Publishing | Caterer: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

4.10 pm “Speed” research support – 5 x 5 minute presentations

1. Supporting researchers supporting teachers Pru Mitchell (Australian Council for Educational Research)

2. Biosciences librarians’ expert search service at The University of Melbourne: something old is new again Lisa Kruesi (The University of Melbourne)

3. Where does eResearch support fit into the uni library research support model, is research data management enough? Ingrid Mason (AARNet)

4. ERA NTROs No Worries Graeme Oke (LaTrobe University)

5. Linked semantic platforms for social infrastructure – ARC LIEF project 2018-2019 Amanda Lawrence (Analysis & Policy Observatory)

4.45 pm

Q + A 5.00 pm

Wrap up and Close

Drinks / Dinner Join us for drinks and/or dinner at the Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan St, Carlton, from 5.15pm (Relaxed venue dishing up Modern Australian food and pub classics. Accessible. Close to Swanston St trams.)

Banner image: Arts West, University of Melbourne, photo by a.canvas.of.light, reused under CC-BY 2.0 licence.