Going Public

276. Going Public: Tools for Developing Your Digital Identity

Establishing a digital identity has become essential to managing one’s academic reputation. Discovery of you, as a researcher, is as important as discovery and citation of your research. This workshop addresses approaches to cultivating an online identity and offers guidance on “going public” using tools and strategies for building an audience and community around your research.

Workshop Modules

NAvigating Open Access

with Patricia Hswe

Venues for sharing and publishing quality research are no longer limited to journals and monographs, which often have inhibiting costs that can reduce the reach of a scholar’s audience. Let loose your scholarship earlier rather than later and begin cultivating the sense of a public for it. This module provides an overview of what open access to research means; the options available to scholars for sharing research openly yet legally; and resources to help guide and support open dissemination of research, including the use of Creative Commons licenses.

Using Humanities Commons to Increase the Impact of Your Research

with Nicky Agate

Humanities Commons enables humanities scholars to increase the reach and impact of their work. It combines a social, open-access repository, a professional profile area, discussion groups, and a web publishing platform. Unlike other social and academic communities, Humanities Commons is open-access, open-source, and nonprofit (in fact, it is a project of the MLA). This module serves as introduction to a space focused on the discussion, dissemination, and preservation of cutting-edge research and innovative pedagogy—not on generating profits from users’ intellectual and personal data. The network is open to anyone working in or adjacent to the humanities.

Developing An Elevator Pitch for Your Project

with Daniel Powell

Quickly, concisely, and effectively stating your research interests and experience is vital in professional settings. This workshop module is aimed at helping participants develop a personalised elevator pitch. This 30 second to 2-minute introductory description will address the topic of your work, a central issue within that field, and the significance or impact of your research. Working quickly, participants will walk away with an elevator pitch they can use at MLA, at other conferences, and in numerous professional situations.

Curating a Social Media Presence

with Lee Skallerup Bessette

Once you put your work online in accessible formats, there is still the work left of promoting it and getting it to the right audiences, be it your academic community, the media, or the general public. Social media can be an effective way to not only bring your work to a wider audience, but also build a professional network. There are also drawbacks of working in public through social media, and this hands-on workshop will not only get you set up, but provide you with resources to safely and effectively navigate various social media platforms.

A Domain of One’s Own

with Zach Whalen

Working in public online can come in many forms and make use of several different platforms. A website hosted at your own domain name can be an additional platform (a blog, for example), or it can be a central clearinghouse through which scholars manage and connect their various digital identities. In this module, we’ll look at different ways scholars have used domains and talk about some ways to get started with your own domain.