International Survey of Research University Faculty: Use of Library Assistance in Navigating Bibliometrics & Altmetrics Tools

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This 76-page report presents data from a sample of  325 faculty from research universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and Australia about their use of library resources in navigating bibliometrics and altmetrics tools.  The study reports on the extent of use of library classes, videos, tutorials, brown bag lunch presentations and other sources of assistance to faculty on the growing use of bibliometric and altmetric tools.  In addition, the study reports on the percentage of faculty seeking help of any kind in this area, their evaluation of the quality of the help offered, and their needs in this area currently and in the future.  Data in the report is broken down by many useful criteria including age, gender, academic title, field of subject specialization, teaching load and other personal variables, as well as institutional variables such as world university ranking, public/private status, host country, and other institutional variables.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Of those surveyed, 31% have sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool while 67% have not. Help-seeking is most pronounced for those in Australia/New Zealand (42.5%) and least pronounced for those in the USA and UK/Ireland (29%).
  • Ease of finding library help with bibliometric or altmetric tools increased with age: 54% of those 31-39, 62% of those 40-49, 71% of those 50-59, and 75% of those 60 and over reported it very easy or easy to find help in this area at their academic libraries.
  • Only 8% of those sampled overall had taken a class at their library that covered the use of bibliometric or altmetric tools.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

PARTICIPANTS   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Seeking Librarian Help in Using a Bibliometrics or Altmetrics Tool   
Difficulty of Seeking Assistance in Using Bibliometric or Altmetric Tool   
Quality of Bibliometric Assistance   
Seeking Bibliometric Assistance from a Librarian   
Enhancing Knowledge of Bibliometrics/Altmetrics   
Enhancing Knowledge via an Online Tutorial or Video   
Enhancing Knowledge via a Classroom Experience   
Enhancing Knowledge via a Brown bag Lunch or Related Event   
Peer Knowledge of Bibliometric/Altmetric Tools   
How Libraries Might Serve Scholars Better in their Use of Bibliometric and Altmetrics Tools   
Use of Reports on Citations from the Institutional Digital Repository   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool?   
Table 1.2 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 1.3 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by country   
Table 1.4 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 1.5 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 1.6 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.7 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 1.8 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 Have you ever sought help from a librarian in using a bibliometrics or altmetrics tool? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you?   
Table 2.2 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 2.3 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by country   
Table 2.4 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 2.5 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 2.6 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.7 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 If you have sought such assistance how difficult was it for you to find the right person to help you? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received?   
Table 3.2 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 3.3 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by country   
Table 3.4 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 3.5 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 3.6 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.7 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 How satisfied are you with the quality of the help that you received? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 4.1 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past?   
Table 4.2 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 4.3 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by country   
Table 4.4 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 4.5 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 4.6 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.7 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 4.8 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 4.9 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 4.10 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 4.11 In the next year do you think that you will need library bibliometric/altmetrics assistance more or less or for about the same amount of time as in the recent past? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 5 Have you ever done any of the following to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications? (Choose all that apply)   
Table 5.1.1 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?   
Table 5.1.2 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 5.1.3 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.1.4 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by public and private status   
Table 5.1.5 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.6 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.7 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.8 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.9 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.10 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 5.1.11 Have you ever viewed an online tutorial or video to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.1 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?   
Table 5.2.2 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 5.2.3 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.2.4 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by public and private status   
Table 5.2.5 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.6 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.7 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.8 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.9 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.10 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 5.2.11 Have you ever attended a class to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.1 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?   
Table 5.3.2 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 5.3.3 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by country   
Table 5.3.4 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by public and private status   
Table 5.3.5 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.6 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.7 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.8 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.9 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.10 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 5.3.11 Have you ever attended a brown bag lunch, coffee hour, speech or other event designed to familiarize faculty with bibliometric/altmetrics tools to enhance your knowledge of bibliometrics/altmetrics or to otherwise learn more about tracking the impact of your or others' scholarly publications?  Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
Table 6.1 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometric/altmetrics tools?   
Table 6.2 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 6.3 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by country   
Table 6.4 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 6.5 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 6.6 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 6.7 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 6.8 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 6.9 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 6.10 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 6.11 How would you rate the overall knowledge of your faculty peers on the use of bibliometrics/altmetrics tools? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   
What could your library be doing better to help scholars to learn to use bibliometric tools more effectively?   
If there is a university that does this particularly well which one is it and what do you like about what they do?   
Table 7.1 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited?   
Table 7.2 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by US News World Report World Ranking   
Table 7.3 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by country   
Table 7.4 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by public and private status   
Table 7.5 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by age of the survey participant   
Table 7.6 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 7.7 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by political views of the survey participant   
Table 7.8 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by academic title of the survey participant   
Table 7.9 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by tenure status of the survey participant   
Table 7.10 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by current semester teaching load of the survey participant   
Table 7.11 Have you ever received a report from your institution's institutional digital repository about how your publications are being read or cited? Broken out by academic field of the survey participant   

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