Thursday, January 23, 2014

A/V Now Available > Librarians & Altmetrics: Tools, Tips and Use Cases > February 20, 2014 > 11:00-11:50 AM (EST)

Altmetrics are becoming an integral part of looking at the impact and reach of research. Tracking social and online outlets, altmetrics provide quick feedback from a wide range of sources. In this webinar, library experts will discuss how altmetrics work, tools available, and the application of altmetrics in a range of institutions and for various user groups. What steps should librarians be taking to incorporate altmetrics into their workflows and reports? Find out in this information-packed free webinar on altmetrics.


Kristi Holmes, Bioinformaticist, Washington University in St. Louis

Kristi's professional interests include open science, support and training in genomic medicine, and understanding the impact of research efforts. She serves as the outreach lead for the research discovery platform VIVO and is a member of the ORCID Outreach Steering Group.

Jenny Delasalle, Freelance Consultant/Librarian

Jenny's interests include bibliometrics and altmetrics, the changing landscape of scholarly communication, and how researchers can and do share and promote their research while also protecting their professional image. Jenny has worked in a number of academic library roles at various UK higher education institutions, including most recently at the University of Warwick, managing the library's support of researchers.

Mike Taylor, Research Specialist, Elsevier Labs

Mike's current areas of work include altmetrics, contributorship, research networks, the future of scholarly communications and other identity issues. He has worked in various capacities within the ORCID initiative.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Keeping Up With... Altmetrics

This edition of Keeping Up With… was written by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

Robin Chin Roemer is Instructional Design and Outreach Services Librarian at University of Washington Libraries, email: Rachel Borchardt is Science Librarian at American University Library, email:

Introduction to Altmetrics

Cites. Tweets. Downloads. Views. In today’s digitally-transformed higher education landscape, the lines between popular and scholarly influence are blurry at best. More and more, scholarly communication is moving away from the strict sphere of conferences and published literature and into Internet-enabled arenas like blogs, institutional repositories, online interdisciplinary communities, and social media sites.

Into this setting, enter altmetrics. Altmetrics is an emerging category of impact measurement premised upon the value of “alternative metrics,” or metrics based distinctly on the opportunities offered by the 21st century digital environment. Originally defined in contrast to the more established field of bibliometrics, altmetrics is fast becoming a fluid area of research and practice, in which various alternative and traditional measures of personal and scholarly impact can be explored and compared simultaneously.

In this Keeping Up With… edition, we look at key points in the rapid development of altmetrics, from its 2010 origins to its more recent relevance to librarians and administrators.


Bibliometrics vs. Altmetrics


A Growing Community


Opportunities & Controversies


Library Involvement


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Open Access Publications > Digital Commons > Library and Information Science Commons™ >

The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.

Thanks to Michele M. for reminding me that it’s An Open Access Database … Not Just An Institutional Repository > Doh ...

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BTW: I was pleased to discover that I was among the Top Ten authors in the Library and Information Science category of the Digital Commons according to December (and November) 2013 stats  !!! (Right side ; Scroll down) > Wow !!! [: -)]