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Slides from a talk I gave at 'Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library', College of Charleston, 22 June 2014 Notes: https://gist.github.com/drjwbaker/90352720df706fa29a6c

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  • 1. Making the unfamiliar familiar reflections on training digital scholarship in a library filling up with data Dr James Baker Curator, Digital Research @j_w_baker
  • 2. www.bl.uk 2 Aquiles Alencar-Brayner, Digital Scholarship Training Programme at British Library, Data Driven, 21 June 2014
  • 3. www.bl.uk 3 November 2012 - March 2014 saw: 50 course days delivered 245 individual members of staff attended one or more 653 seats filled 3 courses attended pp on average
  • 4. www.bl.uk 4 Structure Have you any other specific comments that can help us improve this course? "It was good to have a full day on this topic" "It is soooo difficult to find a full day to commit to the course."
  • 5. www.bl.uk 5 What did you most enjoy about the day? "The handouts are really useful for future reference, checking out information later and 'playing' with some of the software. "It is good to have been given the information sheets which are clear and easy to digest and excellent reference material; a good reminder of what was covered and will help me build on what I learnt and investigate further. The delivery was very clear and well structured and paced. [...] The practical exercise."
  • 6. www.bl.uk 6 What did you learn during today's sessions that you anticipate using in your work? "The course was excellent to broaden my horizon and general knowledge. Immediate application may be not an adequate measure of success in this case." What did you most enjoy about the day? "Quite a challenging course with a lot of information to absorb - now motivated to find out more about subject."
  • 7. www.bl.uk 7 Adaptation Have you any other specific comments that can help us improve this course? Having different courses for those who have never used it [Twitter] "A brief and casual discussion between the presenter and attendees about what if any experiences they have, had using Social Media. Good or Bad." Have you any other specific comments that can help us improve the Digital Scholarship Training Programme or suggestions for courses you would like to see added? "Course which cover MOOCs and Virtual Learning Environments." "Practical sessions to test and improve existing BL presentations?"
  • 8. www.bl.uk 8 Have you any other specific comments that can help us improve the Digital Scholarship Training Programme or suggestions for courses you would like to see added? "tools are always great. more tools." "I would appreciate learning more about datamining applications."
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  • 12. www.bl.uk 12 Integration Have you any other specific comments that can help us improve this course? "The practical exercises were a little too general and abstract. Something that links into the BL collections and which readily relates to may be more helpful so we are using the information in a way that relates directly to what we do as an organisation." What did you most enjoy about the day? "Hands on!" Was there anything that was not clearly articulated during today's sessions, or topics which could have been covered in more depth? "No- nothing missing, I was impressed by the half hour at the end where we were told more complex things we could take-away and try."
  • 13. www.bl.uk 13 What did you most enjoy about the day? "Hearing really knowledgeable colleagues impart interesting information about the collections." What did you most enjoy about the day? "The fact that the trainer had practical skills and expertise that she made relevant to our situation in the library. Her approach was very supportive, friendly and knowledgeable. I also enjoyed making contact with London curators and colleagues who I don't often get to meet face to face. I've arranged to liaise with a London curator on some dataset work, which is great."
  • 14. www.bl.uk 14 What did you most enjoy about the day? "Meeting Library colleagues I had not met before to discuss an interesting and increasingly important topic." "Practical sessions using Google Refine. This could have saved my team a lot of time in the past in retroconversion of data"
  • 15. www.bl.uk 15 Thank you! @j_w_baker james.baker@bl.uk http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/ Slides: slideshare.net/drjwbaker http://slidesha.re/1pc10xQ Notes: gist.github.com/drjwbaker http://bit.ly/1ozTTBG