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Profiles of Academic Library Efforts in Bibliometrics & Altmetrics

  • ID: 4750796
  • Report
  • February 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 64 pages
  • Primary Research Group

The study profiles the efforts of five universities from the USA, Canada and The Netherlands – to develop services in bibliometrics and altmetrics for faculty, students and staff.  The five universities profiled are the University of Waterloo, Royal Roads University, Virginia Tech, East Tennessee State University and the University of Delft.

The highly detailed study profiles the day by day experiences of librarians in charge of or otherwise highly involved in bibliometrics and altmetrics efforts and looks at their promotion and assessment efforts and the  tools that they subscribe to or have developed or plan to subscribe to or develop.  Each profile presents  a picture of how one or more librarians confront the day to day challenges of promoting the library’s bibliometric and altmetric services to faculty and the broader university community. 

It relates the conferences and information resources that they have found most useful and how they have developed their own information workshops for faculty and staff.  They give advice to their peers on how to assess faculty and student needs in bibliometrics/altmetrics, and how to best serve these current and expected future needs.  The study also looks at how services for bibliometrics/altmetrics are being integrated into other services for research scholars, and how they are tailored to the needs of different departments and disciplines.

The report helps its readers to benchmark their own university efforts against those of peer universities in three different countries. It also details use of Plum Analytics, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Altmetrics.com, Scopus, SciVal, Pure, Altmetrics Explorer and many other tools in bibliometrics and altmetrics.

The report was written by Dr. Marlies Kirchner.  Dr. Kirchner obtained her PhD in library and information science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her dissertation dealt with data quality in citation analysis. She held research positions at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, working on Europeana, at iFQ in Berlin, doing follow up research on her dissertation topic and at the Institute of Information Science of Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, where she worked on researchers’ h-index sequences over time. She has published her research in various journals, including JASIST, and in pertinent conference proceedings.

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Glossary of Some Key Concepts and Organizations 
Important concepts, tools and stakeholders in research assessment, bibliometrics and
altmetrics that were discussed in the interviews 
National Research Assessment Exercises 
Key players / stakeholders 
Statement on the responsible use of metrics 
University of Waterloo, Shannon Gordon 
Brief Profile of the University of Waterloo 
Job description and reporting lines in bibliometrics/altmetrics 
A typical day for the Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian 
Bibliometrics at the University of Waterloo in the Past, Prior to the Creation of a
Position for Bibliometrics/Altmetrics 
The Evolution of Duties for the Bibliometrics/Altmetrics Librarian 
Bibliometics/Altmetrics Infrastructure 
Statement on Responsible Bibliometrics 
Workflow, methods, purpose 
Altmetric data 
Community engagement 
Royal Roads University, Devina Dandar
Profile of Royal Roads University 
Job description and reporting lines 
Typical day 
Bibliometrics at Royal Roads in the past 
Statement on responsible metrics 
Workflow and methods of altmetrics 
Purpose of Altmetrics 
Educational measures planned 
Advice for other librarians for advocating altmetrics on campus 
East Tennessee State University, Ashley Sergiadis 
Brief Profile of East Tennessee State University 
Job description and work responsibilities 
Shift of duties 
How was the bibliometrics effort organized in the past? 
Metrics from institutional repository 
Identification of research collaborators on campus 
Educational measures for faculty / students 
Altmetric related research 
Challenges in handling bibliometric / altmetric data 
Technical University Delft, Netherlands, Alenka Princic 
Profile of the University 
Tasks of Department of Research Support 
Typical day 
Shift of duties for Research Support 
Organization of bibliometrics at the TU Delft Library 
Infrastructure at the TU Delft Library 
Statement on the responsible use of metrics 
Methods and purpose of bibliometrics 
How is altmetrics used at TU Delft? 
Educational measures on bibliometrics 
Encouragement of maintaining a scholarly online presence 
Community engagement 
Altmetrics conference 
Challenges in everyday handling of altmetric data 
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Inga Haugen, Rachel Miles, Virginia
Brief Profile of Virginia Tech & Research Support Staff 
Management of Bibliometrics at Virginia Tech 
Job description and role in bibliometrics, Agriculture, Life Science, and Scholarly
Communication Librarian 
Job Description and Role, Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement 
Job description, Research Impact Librarian 
Statement on the responsible use of metrics 
Altmetric tools 
Bibliometric reports and ad-hoc analyses 
Educational measures on bibliometrics by the liaison librarian 
Educational measures on bibliometrics by the Research Collaboration and
Engagement unit 
Specific advice for other librarians to advocate for bibliometrics / altmetrics 
The Biggest challenge in handling bibliometric data 
Bibliometric related courses, conferences for librarians 
Research on bibliometrics/altmetrics 
Outlook on altmetrics 

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