Asia-Pacific Library and Information Conference 2018, 30 July - 2 August 2018 Gold Coast: Roar Leap Dare
This conference presentation (PowerPoint slides) accompanies the lightning talk which discusses engaging the university academic community through podcasts.
Southern Cross University (SCU) library is a creative space that values its position as an information hub, a place where research support is fundamental. In an effort to enhance engagement with SCU researchers, the library attempted to subvert the traditional model of disseminating information and explored podcasts as a way of communicating our message. The initial focus of the podcast was to engage the academic research community in conversations about the tools and techniques they use throughout the research process. As the series developed, a broader perspective on the conversation about research led to the inclusion of topics such as the transition from PhD to Early Career Researcher (ECR), the art of collaboration and a snapshot of SCU’s current research agenda.
The podcast series has changed the way we think about sharing information. Where previously, the library struggled to meaningfully engage researchers in the key areas that are emerging in the “library research” space; today, academics are engaging with the podcast and are tuning in to learn about research services as experienced by their peers, their expert friends. The success of the podcasts is evident in the number of academics approaching the Library Research Group with ideas for future episodes. Furthermore, the library is being approached by other services within the university hoping to learn more and to borrow upon our expertise.
It is evident that conversations, with narrative, build a community of listeners. In the case of the Destination Research podcast, the community is centred around the library and view the library as a valuable resource that supports and engages with experts in a variety of formats. The podcast series challenges the traditional model of researcher training, in which the librarian is viewed as the holder of information. Through the innovative approach of the podcast conversation, librarians become facilitators in the exchange and sharing of information between peers.