Hello Language of Access!

I’m new to the Language of Access project and the  Language of Access Sites.  I work for the Academic & Research Technologies team at ULCC, and you can find out more about us on our blog.  I’m working on Digital Preservation and Digital Scholarship here, and have a background in digital preservation and digital library technologies. I’ve also spent a number of years training information professionals and staff in museums, archives and galleries how to use of social media in their work.

According to social media gurus, I should have no followers on Twitter or contacts on LinkedIn or Facebook because I choose to hide my identity behind an image of a cute animated cat. But this seems not to be true. I can be found tweeting as @criticalsteph along with an avatar of a cat from the Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service. I am yet to be convinced that people would rather see a bad photo of me than I nicely-drawn black cat.

I also use Google+

I have recently had a paper published in the proceedings of the Electronic Publishing Conference, 2013.

I’m going to be talking Language of Access participants about how to design and carry out a social media plan to promote themselves and their work. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned about social media, and hope to have a lot of questions!