On Blog: Recommended by Doctoral Researcher

During 2017 Tampere University Library presented a whole new online course directed to doctoral researchers. Managing Research Information course (2 ECTS) consists of topics such as scientific information retrieval, research data management and Open Access publishing. Also different aspects of visibility and impact, such as bibliometrics and altmetrics are discussed on the course.

The course tries to capture a wide range of issues crucial to researchers’ work. It’s important to acknowledge these issues even though they might not seem so relevant at the beginning of the research career. For example, research funders have started to emphasize the importance of opening the research data. If you aim to open your data, it’s essential to take that into consideration already in the planning phase of data collection.

44 doctoral researchers from various disciplines completed the course during autumn 2017. The Library Blog interviewed one of them.

Tomomi Hisasue. Photo Esa Hakala

Doctoral researcher Tomomi Hisasue enjoys working in Arvo library on Kauppi campus

Please, introduce yourself.

Moi! I am Tomomi Hisasue, and I originally come from Japan. I am a first-year PhD student in nursing science, in the Faculty of Social Sciences. I completed my first master’s degree in public health in the University of Tampere in 2011. Then I completed my second master’s in health economics and management (Norway, the Netherlands, and Austria) in 2017. Finally, I returned to study in Tampere!

My research topic is “Impacts of family violence against women on well-being and costs related to the utilisation of health and social services in Finland”. My research will cover a combination of different disciplines, including not only nursing science, but also health economics and health policy.

What are your impressions on the Managing Research Information course in general? 

The course was well-organised in terms of several types of activities; I liked the balance between readings and viewings.  During the course, we received a specific task every week. It usually started by needing to understand some concepts through watching YouTube videos, then we had discussion with other students, readings, or wrote a short essay. The workload was suitable and didn’t overwhelm me.

Did the course help you tackle some practical or specific problem? 

My answer is a definite “yes”. During the course, I learnt how to write data management plans with good structures and make sure all needed information is included. I am sure my research grant proposal has developed.

In addition, before taking this course I thought that I would conduct my research first and then I choose a relevant journal. But I realised that increasingly a publication plan is required at the beginning of research. After the course I can now make a more appropriate study plan.

Are there some contents that should be included on the course? Or some topics of which you would you like to get a deeper insight?

I think it depends on your previous experience. If you have already published an article, you know something about how to proceed in the process. I found out that Open Access is a huge topic and quite challenging to understand. I would like to continue learning more and get a deeper insight of it.

Have you discussed about the things you learned on the course with your colleagues? 

One of my colleagues took the course during the same period, and we brought some topics up in our regular weekly coffee-break meeting.  It stimulated and promoted our discussion about our data management issues (e.g. Creative Commons licenses, Open Access, etc. in our field).

The course also helped me to discuss possible target journals with my supervisor. Nowadays, the JUFO level seems to impact on some funding decisions in Finland. It is not the only important factor when deciding a target journal, but we likely need to understand, or convince co-authors or funders, why we will choose a particular journal to publish our research.

Would you recommend Managing Research Information course? To whom? 

Yes! My colleague recommended me to take this course at an early stage of my PhD studies. I was very glad to take her advice. I recommend this course for first-year PhD students because the course helps you to understand how to publish a research paper in a journal, from many perspectives, and that is not a simple task.  However, even if you are a second- or a third-year student, it is probably a very useful course to take in order to update your skills and to better understand publication procedures.

The next Managing Research Information course will be held on March 2018. Welcome along, researcher!

Text, interview and more information: Information Specialist Tomi Toikko, tomi.toikko@staff.uta.fi
Photo: Esa Hakala

Video material from different subject areas for teaching and studies

University of Tampere has access to two video databases, Academic Video Online: Premium and Ideas Roadshow.

Academic Video Online: Premium delivers more than 60 000 videos from 1 500 leading distributors covering all disciplines and subject areas. Essential subject areas includes anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.

The database includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage. Academic institutions will find the most frequently used films for classroom instruction, plus newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

More than 14 000 learning segments make it easy for instructors to find and integrate specific video content into the classroom and help users get to the right content faster. Each segment is fully searchable and includes an abstract, making user selection even easier.

Subject Areas:

More information on the database
Guide for using the database

Please note: If the videos don’t open up with your browser, please try with another browser (Mozilla, IE, Chrome).

Ideas Roadshow offers a multidisciplinary, electronic database of high-quality resources, including pedagogical modules. The extensive collection of resources (650+) presents unique insights into the motivations and research of 100+ leading researchers through a collection of long and short-form video, associated eBooks and teaching modules.

Here is a short introductory video to give you a sense of Ideas Roadshow’s resources and the motivations behind them.

More information:
Information Specialist Aniita Ahlholm-Kannisto, Aniita.Ahlholm-Kannisto@uta.fi

On Blog: Meet Linna & Arvo

Well done, congratulations new student! Welcome to the University of Tampere and its Library! The Library is available to you on both campuses, Linna library in Linna building on Main campus and Arvo library in Arvo building on Kauppi campus. See the opening hours on Library’s website.

Linna- ja Arvo-kirjastot

You can easily get a library card. Go to Linna or Arvo to activate your student card and bring your ID with you. If you don’t yet have a student card, you can borrow books using a temporary library card. Electronic student card can’t be used as a library card.

Your textbooks are in the Library. You can find most of them in Linna, Arvo has the textbooks for medicine, health sciences and biomedical technology. The number of printed books in limited but you can borrow the so called short loan copies for overnight or weekend reading. Additionally, many of the text books are available as e-books that you can also read offline. See instructions on E-book Guide.

Andor-hakupalveluYou’ll find information about the textbooks and other materials in the Andor search service and its tools on our home page. In addition to Library’s collections Andor has millions of references from international databases. Textbooks are easiest to find in Tamcat that is also a part of Andor. E-journals and databases can be found quickly on their own lists. All materials can be found via Andor but shortcuts make searching faster.

Monitoimitila Pohjantähti Linnassa

Library has many kinds of study spaces. When you are reading or working alone using your laptop you can choose from a comfortable armchair, sofa, or a desk suitable for either standing or sitting by in different areas of the Library.

Tietokoneita Linnan oppimiskeskuksessa

Computers can be found in Library’s Learning Centers and classrooms. Computers have various software and you can print using your print quota. You can also copy and scan on the multifunction printers. University’s wireless networks are available also in the Library.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

The Library organizes the Basics of Information Literacy and other courses in the classrooms but you can use them with your key card when they are free. You can see the teaching hours on the display beside the door. Please see the colour signs in the classrooms and other spaces which tell you if the space is meant for quiet working or discussions.

Ryhmatyohuone Rokka Linnassa

You will need group work spaces often. The Library has both bookable and freely available group work rooms. You can do the booking via your Office365 calendar. Freely available group work rooms can fit one or more groups at the same time. Also, Linna’s multipurpose working spaces Pohjantähti and Pentinkulma are suitable for group work as long as you take those studying near you into consideration. The new open study space Idea is in the main lobby of Linna building. There you are also welcome whether alone or with a group. Events are also organized there occasionally.

Most quiet working areas are the Silent Reading Rooms that are available for you 24/7 with your key card (in Arvo also Learning Center and two group work rooms are 24/7 premises). In Linna’s Reading Room you can use your own laptop or tablet, and for readers there is a separate area where devices are not allowed.

Opiskelijoita Arvo-kirjastossa

In the Library there are many kinds of spaces and many kinds of students. Studying goes well for all of us if we only take each other into consideration and together cherish working in peace.

Library is available for you both on the spot and virtually:

Ask also in the Library. We will search for the answer.

Text: Outi Viitasalo, Information Specialist 
Photos: Erja Kymäläinen and Outi Viitasalo

Data Management Plan Workshop for researchers 12 and 13 September

Academy of Finland requires every applicant to provide a data management plan (DMP) as a part of the application for the September 2017 call. University Library offers a workshop where you can get tips and advice about how to create a compact DMP.

The same workshop is available both on the Main campus and on Kauppi kampus:

  • Tue 12 September 14.15-15.45 Arvo library, Kauppi campus, classroom Mauri (B109, 1st floor)
  • Wed 13 September 14.15-15.45 Linna library, Main campus, classroom Elina (3022, 3rd floor)

Each session will have a short introduction to data management and to Academy of Finland guidelines. DMPTuuli data management planning tool will be utilized in the workshops.

In these sessions, you can ask for assistance from the specialists of the library and of Finnish Social Science Data Archive. If you want to get more detailed comments about your DMP, please send it beforehand to oa@uta.fi.

Note that the language (English/Finnish) of the sessions will be determined based on the participants’ wishes.

Enrolment link

More information: oa@uta.fi

Tampere University Library’s services for researchers
Finnish Social Science Data Archive

On blog: Our response to feedback from the customer survey

To this spring’s customer survey, we received 1305 responses and feedback from all of our user groups. Our degree students were the most active group in voicing their opinions (76%). Thank you for the feedback!

One of the most important functions of the library is supporting studying and research. Both require well-functioning working spaces and the support of library’s information services at the right time. Based on the feedback the customers also think these things are important. The feedback gives us guidance on how to continue to develop both library as a working space and library’s virtual services.

Classrooms are also your working space

Library’s new versatile premises received many thanks in the survey. However the premises are in high demand and especially more room for group work was requested. It seems not all of our space options are well known, so we aim to inform the students about them more effectively.

Some have felt that checking the availability of group work rooms in the Office 365 calendar is difficult. You can view current week’s reservations also on the Group work rooms web page (Facilities and equipment -> Group work rooms) and on the Booking instructions page by clicking the names of the group work rooms.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

In Linna library the classroom Alma is also available outside of teaching hours for students to use with their key card

During last semester, we got one new bookable group work room in Linna (Vanhala, 3016). By opening the classrooms to students with key card, we created common space for both independent study at the computer and group work. Because there were questions regarding the use of the classrooms, we defined the way to use the rooms with colour signs.

In Linna the classrooms Akseli and Alma are red, meaning spaces for quiet work. The third classroom Elina and Arvo library’s Mauri are yellow spaces where even group work is possible as long as you consider the other users also. Additionally the former bookshop space beside the lobby by the Kalevantie entrance in Linna is a space where several groups can work at the same time.

Comfortable chairs are comfortable to sit on and study. On the other hand, students are knowledgeable about good ergonomics. In addition to the existing standing work places, we recently received new adjustable standing desks. Chairs will be acquired if possible. Check all the corners of the library, there you can find many kinds of seating.

Andor assists in finding information

Andor logoThe new and long awaited information search system Andor has been in service since autumn. It has been continually developed within the possibilities of technology listening to customers’ feedback. In the survey feedback, Andor received both thanks and criticism.

It takes time to learn to use a new search tool. We will strengthen Andor’s marketing and continue user-training workshops. Andor guide is there to help the user and we are also here to help through chat, online, email andor@uta.fi, Andor and Tamcat’s feedback form or in the Library.

Guidance and training flexibly online

Varaa ohjausaika -ikoniWe want to develop flexible services also online. The real time connection to library experts through chat service received many thanks in the survey. From now on we offer the personal Book a Librarian service also online to those customers for whom it is difficult to come to the library. When you are booking your time, choose remote guidance as the meeting place on the form.

Online sections have already been used on information seeking courses integrated into degree programmes. Online teaching will be used also in the future to facilitate flexible studies. The new Managing Research Information online course aimed at researchers was offered for the first time this spring and it turned out to be a good way for researchers’ training. We will continue with online training also in the future.

The survey responses gave us many ideas that we will develop and implement gradually. Follow our newsfeed to keep up to date.

Text and photo: Outi Viitasalo, Development and Administrative Services
Translation: Saija Tapio

Learn about visibility of research and Altmetric Explorer tool in a webinar 18 April

Researcher, are you familiar with altmetrics and Altmetric Explorer tool? Get to know them or update your competence in a webinar on Tuesday, 18 April at 17:00. Webinar is organized by Altmetric Explorer service.

This 45 minutes long webinar introduces the basics of altmetrics that measure the online visibility of research and the Altmetric Explorer tool. With this tool you can track the attention your research gets on social media and elsewhere on the web. After the webinar there is time for questions.

Registration for the webinar

More information
about altmetrics and Altmetric Explorer on the Library’s Research impact and visibility guide

New online course updates researcher’s information management skills

Researcher, are you interested in open science? Or do you want to know how research is measured? What about best tips for information seeking? Managing Research Information is a new online course where you can update your information management skills for the benefit of your own research.

The course covers researcher’s information seeking, utilizing metrics in evaluating scientific visibility and impact, reference and research data management and priciples of open science and publishing. The teaching language is English. All modules of the course can be completed remotely between 6 March and 23 April.

The course is aimed at doctoral students and researchers. It is organized by Tampere University Library and Tampere University of Applied Sciences Library and its content has been planned together also with Tampere University of Technology Library.

More information and enrolment to Managing Research Information (2 ECTS) online course until 20 February.

For more information contact Information Specialist Tomi Toikko, tomi.toikko@staff.uta.fi.

Track the visibility of your research – learn about altmetrics in a webinar 26.1.

Academic reseach is discussed on social media and other forums on the Web but how does the researcher in question know about it? This kind of visibility of the research is measured by altmetrics and Tampere University Library offers the new Altmetric Explorer service for making use of altmetric data.

Now you can hear more about altmetric tracking and Altmetric Explorer on Thursday, 26 January at 12:00-13:00 on a webinar for researchers, students and the staff of the University of Tampere. The webinar offers an introduction to altmetrics, background on how Altmetric track attention to research, Explorer demo and examples of using Altmetric data in practice. Webinar’s language is English.

Registration for the webinar

More information:
Information Specialists Merja Hyödynmaa and Saila Huuskonen
Merja.Hyodynmaa@uta.fi, Saila.Huuskonen@uta.fi

Altmetric Explorer – getting started