I hate asking for help, but sometimes needs must!

As a child of the 60s (very late 60s!) I was a bit scared (change that to petrified) of technology. To be honest most of it goes straight over my head. I am married to a techno geek who seems to know EVERYTHING but never quite has the time, or the patience, to explain, using simple language, what I want to know.  To be fair it has always been easier just to let him do it for me….  Well not anymore!  I MUST learn how to do things for myself.

The first part of my plan started today I ASKED FOR HELP! Something that doesn’t come easy to a control freak….  Geoff, the wonderful person who is in charge of my Language of Access group at King’s College London, arranged for some extra help from IT wiz, and guru, Rory. Not being married to Rory helped!  He didn’t shut the lid of the laptop on my fingers when I got it wrong. He listened to what I felt I needed to be able to propagate my blog, and then very calmly explained where I had gone wrong and what I actually needed to do. My brain was in overdrive and in order to remember what I was taught I need to use it and practice (SORRY YOU ARE GOING TO BE INUNDATED with posts). Once I got my head around the backroom stuff and that the admin of the blog being like a big filing cabinet I was off…..  My understanding of my blog has increased 300%. Can’t wait to add my timelines / mapping / and linking stuff. Bring on my next session and let me show the younger members of our group that finally the old fart isn’t as useless as she looks

Why do I need this course?

Well it is designed to help me make my research more visible and it hasn’t cost me a penny!

Course details

The course is funded by the AHRC and offers a series of workshops. Under Geoff’s guidance, he is attached to King’s College London Archives, which has teamed up with the Royal Institution, Courtauld Institute of Art and Wellcome Library to provide training and interdisciplinary discussion that will explore how you can make your research accessible to wider audiences.

The practical skills training  I am receiving, and some of the tricks of search engine optimisation, should make my research more visible on Google.  I’m just about to explore the potential of Linked Data – a new web technology that promises to transform access to research in the years to come.

I am getting hip and down with the kids and actually, although I would never admit this to my husband, I am rather excited by the endless possibilities of promoting ME and my work and enjoy delving into this new virtual world.




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About Michele Blagg

Michele Blagg (BA(hons), MA, PhD) is a visiting Research Associate at King's College London, at the Institute Of Contemporary British History (ICBH). As part of a collaborative doctoral award granted by the Art’s and Humanities Research Council, she was based at the Rothschild Archive, London. Her doctoral research focused on the Royal Mint Refinery, operated by N M Rothschild & Sons between 1852 and 1968, and how it adapted to the changed London gold market. Her areas of interest are in financial and business history with special regard for the actors and networks located in the London market. Her publications include 'The Royal Mint Refinery, a Window onto the London Gold Market' LBMA, Alchemist, 71, 2013; 'Gold Refining in London: The End of the Rainbow, 1919-20’ in Sandra Bott (ed.) The Global Gold Market and the International Monetary system from the late 19th century to the present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); ‘The Royal Mint Refinery, a business adapting to change’ in Business Archives Council, Sources and History, (2010). She teaches on the ICBH MA in Contemporary British History and assists with the Witness Seminar Programme. She sits on the Business Archives Council Executive and is involved in the annual ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop held in the City that aims to explore ways in which research students can identify and use business records in a variety of different research fields.

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