On Tuesday, February 20th, Gali Halevi and Robin O'Hanlon presented "Social Media for Scientists" to members of the Mount Sinai community. Though ages and experience levels varied, a common thread existed - the desire to learn how social media can be used to benefit one's career and work and to gain traction within the online scientific community.
Robin, Assistant Library Director of Outreach & Public Services, covered how social media promotion is an excellent strategy to use in the dissemination of scientific research and work. Promoting your work on social media with proven tactics can help get our name out there and get your work noticed. Being active in online communities also opens up opportunities for networking, outreach and partnerships.
Gali Halevi, Chief Library Director, brought altmetrics to the conversation. Scientists are well-versed in citations and usage when it comes to their published articles but new kinds of metrics are making their way onto the scene. Altmetrics (alternative metrics) are other dimensions in which the impact of your article can be measured. These dimensions include mentions in news articles, mentions in blog articles, Twitter activity and Facebook activity. In an increasingly digital world, these markers of success will certainly solidify their place.
Thank you to everyone who attended!
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