Welcome to Day 4 of the Fondren Library Scholarly Impact Challenge!
Earlier this week, you registered your ORCID, claimed your Google Scholar Profile, and explored a digital repository. Perhaps you’re beginning to notice the way that scholarly identities proliferate across many websites, applications, and profiles. It can easily become overwhelming!
Today’s challenge asks you to reflect on your use of social media, to consider how these tools pertain (or don’t!) to your professional/scholarly identity, and to make some thoughtful decisions about where to focus your time and effort in the coming year.
Let’s get started!
Here's how to do it:
There are no right or wrong answers in this exercise! The audit is not a to-do list, and the goal of this activity is not to encourage you to create a presence on all of these sites. Rather, today’s goal is to take stock of where you already are, and to spend some time thinking carefully about where you want to focus your attention and efforts going forward.
Social media use may be more practical and useful in some disciplines than others. It can enable powerful connections with new colleagues and provide a platform to communicate about your work to the world. At the same time, there are risks, including harassment, abuse, even job security. People of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, contingent faculty, people working on controversial scholarship, and other vulnerable groups are disproportionately likely to be exposed to these.
The decision to engage on social media is always a personal as well as a professional one, and the stakes are not the same for everyone. Only you can decide the most meaningful and productive ways to engage with these tools for yourself. Be sure to keep self-care—and care for your colleagues—in mind as you decide where to put your time and energy and how to share your work with the world.
Craft a tweet or Facebook post that highlights your recent research.
Preparing for the next challenge:
Congratulations! You’ve completed Day 4 of the Research Impact Challenge, taking an inventory of your current social media engagement and reflecting on how you’d like to use these tools to your best advantage going forward.
Tomorrow, on Day 5, we’ll address how to bring together all of this week’s activities on your personal web page. See you then!