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Getting Started on Training

Ms Ingrid Mason,
Dr Frankie Stevens


Developing new knowledge and learning new skills can be as challenging and revitalising as a mountain climb. AARNet has found that by tackling different workplace terrain (training) working with new partners (librarians), we have gained insights and a new view of the academic world, and the rewards have been manifold. AARNet continues to build networks within and beyond the Australian continent to support Australia’s research and education, and works in partnership with the international National Research and Education Network (NREN) community and industry. More recently AARNet has been building up data movement and network know-how capability within the library community in partnership with colleagues in Australian academic libraries and in eResearch.

As academic and studying practices become increasingly data and technology intensive, the collective challenge is to aid with upskilling the enablers, the library workforce, and to work collaboratively. Librarians are experts in training students and academics (as part of their support for digitally enabled teaching, learning, and research) how to curate and manage data and how to use an increasing array of digital services, infrastructures, and tools. AARNet aims to feed training developed around data movement and network know-how into the Digital Dexterity program delivered through the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and into the Skilled Workforce and Partnerships program delivered through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). In both partnerships, the training is developed and targeted at the trainers, and the where the areas of impact and interest overlap. For example, the emphasis for CAUL is on ensuring Australian graduates have the digital skills embedded in their learning and research to thrive in a work context and to become effective citizens and for the ARDC it is on the research support workforce that enables researchers to leverage data and technology in their research practices.

This presentation will cover the strategic rationale for AARNet’s new training initiative to contribute to skills development in the academic community, the lessons learned and the bene ts arising, by forging new working relationships, partnering, and collaborating.