I participated in #Concytec‘s DEGC Knowledge Café, where we had an interesting conversation about scientific production and evaluation. A very interestin dynamic that they do on Fridays to break the routine, awake creativity and enable the exchange of ideas!
Today we integrated a panel to discuss multi, inter and transdisciplinarity within the Humanities, together with Dr. José Luis Evangelista (representing philosophy), Dr. Erbey Mendoza Negrete (literature and translation) and myself (information science); part of the ‘Research Week’ in our University.
One of the results from my Editing for Publication course, proud of my students! They presented a conference about the course’s topics from the English Language Bachelor Program, which they presented at the XL Humanism Week, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.
The objective of this workshop was to provide tools, strategies and procedures so that information professionals and libraries can support researchers in promoting their research published in scientific journals using international professional networks and channels for this purpose.
The contents presented include the definition of professional networks and channels for the promotion of scientific publications, as well as a strategic workflow that every researcher should use in order to promote and gain value in terms of their visibility, attention and authority as scientists.
The importance of this type of workshop is that if information professionals and libraries manage the formal channels for the promotion and metrics of the scientific publications evaluation, elements that are within this discipline, they can position themselves with a vital role within the processes of scientific communication in their institutions. These issues also represent some important support for researchers, since they usually do not do it themselves because of time constraints or ignorance. However, conducting an appropriate promotion through the relevant scientific channels, networks and indexes are key activities for enhancing the visibility of a researcher, to ensure that their intellectual production is read and cited, which will allow them to be part of the National Researchers System, access research funds, or collaborative projects, as well as reaching other national and international merits. All these are important issues for higher education institutions, although some of them will not want to address these issues or will fail to recognize them, as the area of research and intellectual production becomes more important as an element used to evaluate the capacity and quality of an educational institution. Topics such as those discussed in the workshop reinforce institutional research plans, since they are basic strategies for the intellectual production carried out in institutions to generate a greater impact, which allows increasing the number of researchers who have distinctions and are internationally recognized as authorities In their areas. This means that educational institutions gain greater visibility, recognition and positioning as knowledge-generating institutions and are more favorably evaluated in international
Some media outlets selectively reported on the event:
Two years of Information Culture Development for supporting higher education: Initiatives, teacher’s perceptions and future actions
This was one of my presentations for the 3rd. European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2015), which took place during October 19-22 in Tallinn, Estonia. This first participation, presented on October 19, 2015 was about my work as a reference librarian in CETYS Universidad. This kind of participations allows us to promote our institutional milestones regarding the development of the Distinctive Element of CETYS Education labeled Information Culture. Also, it’s an interesting case study because we are covering information culture in a holistic manner, showing the activities conducted by both the academia and the libraries to foster its development, and highlighting collaborative experiences; this represents an area of immediate interest to those within this field of research and practice. The full text of this presentation (as well as that of the other one) was published in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (see below).
Abstract: Information Culture Development (ICD) is a holistic information literacy program that was established in 2013 and developed at CETYS Universidad in Mexico. ICD caters to all university stakeholders with different initiatives that are contained within ICD’s four axes: (a) curriculum and learning support, (b) information and digital literacies development, (c) research and scientific communication support, and (d) evaluation and communication of results. This article presents such initiatives and the instruments used to evaluate them. Moreover, it analyses recent interviews with eight academic staff that have known of and benefited from these initiatives, both for themselves and for their students. The data analysis offers a means of determining ICD’s role in supporting the development of an information culture and positively influencing teaching, learning and research practices in the university. Furthermore, academic staff insights help guide the program’s further development, by pointing toward the need for future actions and strategies.
Open Access version (Coming soon!)
Recommended reference: Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D. (2015). Two years of information culture development for supporting higher education: Initiatives, teacher’s perceptions and future actions. Information Literacy: Moving Toward Sustainability; Communications in Computer and Information Science, 552, 517-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28197-1_52
Abstract: This article presents the staff, structure, methods and preliminary results from the pilot of a holistic information literacy program developed in the System of Libraries of CETYS Universidad in Mexico. ‘Information Culture Development’ (ICD) is driven by action research (AR) and the concept of information culture (IC), comprised of information literacy (IL), digital literacy (DL), and research competences. ICD aims at developing these competences and supporting reflection and improvement upon university practices related to curriculum, teaching, and research. ICD’s initiatives and products were divided into four axes: a) curriculum and learning support, b) information and digital literacies development, c) research and scientific communication support, and d) evaluation and communication of results. ICD’s pilot involved workshops and activities framed within an AR perspective and a mixed methods approach. Preliminary results determine the success of activities with academics and students regarding their strengths and weaknesses in IC-related competencies.
Open Access version (Coming soon!)
Recommended reference: Machin-Mastromatteo, J.D., Beltrán, O. and Lau, J. (2014). Piloting a holistic information culture program: The experience of CETYS Universidad System of Libraries. Information Literacy: Lifelong Learning and Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century; Communications in Computer and Information Science, 492, 350-360. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14136-7_37