re/direct: Jessica Speer

Greg and Rachel are en route to Las Vegas for the American Sociological Society Annual Meeting, where they’ll be presenting at a roundtable their paper, “Saving Children and Harming Women: A Critique of Illinois HB 6462, the “Illinois Safe Children Act”. They’ll be sharing the quieter, non-gaming corridors of Caesars Palace with DePaul Sociology colleagues:
• Robyn Brown organized a Roundtable Session for the Section on the Sociology of Mental Health
• Traci Schlesinger will present her paper, “Making Asians Visible: Examining Differential Racial Disparities in Pretrial Criminal Processing”
If you’re at the conference too, stop by and say hello. The rest of us will have to make do by following on the hashtag #asa2011 Twitter. If you’re not on Twitter, don’t fret: you can read tweets without signing up for an account. Greg and Rachel will be live-tweeting the conference from our own Twitter account: @SSRC_DePaul

Twitter is a great way to follow events as they unfold in real time, from conferences to this weekend’s annual Chicago Air & Water Show. If you find the stream on the Twitter search page to be unmanageable, there are lots of tools available to help you manage the flow of information. In a previous newsletter, we linked to an article from ProfHacker about using Twitter at conferences that might be a good place to start. I personally like Twitterfall, which lets you pause or speed up the stream, change the size of the text, or hide retweets.

Speaking of social media, if you’re thinking about how you can use it to enhance your research practice, read on for this week’s primer on using social media, the first entry in a periodic series. And don’t forget to also check the sidebar for some calls for papers/proposals for social science conferences.

If you’ll be presenting at a conference, please let us know so that we can get the word out on Twitter, Facebook, and of course in this newsletter. As Greg would surely say at this point: Remember, your research is our business.

Jessica Speer, MSLIS
Research Specialist, Social Science Research Center

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Author: Jessica Speer

As the Research Specialist at SSRC, Jessica edits re/search, consults with faculty, and conducts SSRC research projects. She is interested in questions of information management, preservation, communication, and dissemination.

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