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Still Here | Metropolis Magazine

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A funny thing happened on the way to its predicted obsolescence.
The library became more popular than ever.
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Google Scholar Library - Google Scholar Blog

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Google Scholar has added more functionality - I'm liking this latest addition!

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Lists As Part of Your Content Strategy: A Short List of Tips and Tools

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I'm a list maker!  I keep to do lists, mega to do lists, grocery shopping lists, lists of restaurants and movies, and you get the picture.
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Citation-based metrics are appropriate tools in journal assessment

Citation-based metrics are appropriate tools in journal assessment | Academic Librarian Research Support | Scoop.it

The authors discuss the value of journal metrics for the assessment of scientific-scholarly journals from a general bibliometric perspective, and from
the point of view of creators of new journal metrics, journal editors and publishers. They conclude that citation-based indicators of journal performance are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate, and used with care and competence.

 

Source: Scientometrics, Online First™, 24 March 2012

Citation-based metrics are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate and used in an informed way

Henk F. Moed, Lisa Colledge, Jan Reedijk, Felix Moya-Anegon, Vicente Guerrero-Bote, Andrew Plume and Mayur Amin

DOI: 10.1007/s11192-012-0679-8


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OAI8: An overview of scholarly impact metrics; But: Why measure it at all in cases where the scholarly community truly has decision-making power, autonomy?

OAI8: An overview of scholarly impact metrics; But: Why measure it at all in cases where the scholarly community truly has decision-making power, autonomy? | Academic Librarian Research Support | Scoop.it

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The interest in developing scholarly impact metrics is frequently justified by the need to objectively prioritize scarce resources and to better manage scholarly productivity. However, the study of scholarly communication in general, including scholarly impact metrics, has significant relevance to a number of other scientific domains such as computational social science, social network analysis, web science, and complex systems. In this presentation I will provide an overview of established scholarly impact metrics, grounding each in their respective scientific traditions and backgrounds. Changes in scholarly communication patterns, including the move to online environments and the increasing use of social media, have recently prompted a Cambrian explosion of new impact metrics derived from new data sources. These metrics may reflect previously unexplored facets of scholarly communication and impact, and may thus yield a more complete picture of scholarly communication. In my presentation I will provide an overview of these new metrics, and identify the opportunities as well as challenges that they present. 

 

3 innovations: 

 

A: Citation based social metrics:

Degree; In-degree/Out-degree

Random walk; PageRank/Eigenvector

Shortest path; Closeness/Betweenness

 

B: Behavioural: 

Scholarly community and communication is moving online.

Data pertaining to online activities (implicit, behavioral) vs. citation data (explicit declaration of influence)

 

C: AltMetrics:  Behavioral AND “attention” data

Social media attention, bookmarking, mentions. Attempt to also capture “social” attention or public impact of scholarly work  

 

 

Source:Metrics Session: An overview of scholarly impact metricsPresented by Mr. Johan BOLLEN on 19 Jun 2013 from 15:30 to 16:00Session: Plenary 2 

 

PDF: http://indico.cern.ch/getFile.py/access?contribId=3&sessionId=4&resId=1&materialId=slides&confId=211600

 

PPT: http://indico.cern.ch/getFile.py/access?contribId=3&sessionId=4&resId=0&materialId=slides&confId=211600

 


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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:47 AM

Conference presentation on many different impact measures in scientometrics. Lo and behold: old and (at least some) new measures correlate! Good for validity!

Only on the last slide comes the crucial question:  

'Why measure it at all in cases where the scholarly community truly has decision-making power, autonomy? Isn’t the latter a more desirable option than administrators, politicians, and bureaucrats making decisions on the basis of numbers they don’t understand?'

 

Mr. Bollen and all other scientists--including me--may like the former option, but:

1) Would the funding crowd understand the numbers better than politicians? No, of course not. So how would new measures gain legitimacy?

2) Higher education and science are too important for (knowledge) economies and societies to believe that politics will relinquish control, so would crowd funding ever gain enough mass (money) to become substantial?

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Brazilian citation scheme outed

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Thomson Reuters suspends journals from its rankings for ‘citation stacking’.

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Nader Ale Ebrahim's curator insight, August 29, 2013 12:38 PM

Mauricio Rocha-e-Silva thought that he had spotted an easy way to raise the profiles of Brazilian journals. From 2009, he and several other editors published articles containing hundreds of references to papers in each others’ journals — in order, he says, to elevate the journals’ impact factors.

Because each article avoided citing papers published by its own journal, the agreement flew under the radar of analyses that spot extremes in self-citation — until 19 June, when the pattern was discovered. Thomson Reuters, the firm that calculates and publishes the impact factor, revealed that it had designed a program to spot concentrated bursts of citations from one journal to another, a practice that it has dubbed ‘citation stacking’.

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British Library sets out to archive the web

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Capturing the unruly, ever-changing internet is like trying to pin down a raging river. But the British Library is going to try.
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8 Ways Evernote Can Help You Get More from Your Research in 2013, and a New Ambassador!

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Battle to Open Textbooks

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Google & Publishers Settle After Seven Years - GalleyCat

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Academic Librarian Research: A Survey of Attitudes, Involvement, and Perceived Capabilities

Academic Librarian Research: A Survey of Attitudes, Involvement, and Perceived Capabilities | Academic Librarian Research Support | Scoop.it

One of the interesting articles in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries (September 2012) is this article on the development and results of a recent survey of academic librarians about their attitudes, involvement, and perceived capabilities using and engaging in primary research. The purpose of the survey was to inform the development of a continuing education program in research design.

 

"This article contributes a new perspective on the topic of how librarians think of their own abilities to conduct research with the introduction of a confidence scale and opens a line of inquiry for possible future research activities related to self-efficacy and research productivity..."


"Two other potentially profitable research agendas are identified in this article: defining a research culture in a library setting and performing a systematic review of published academic librarian practitioner-researchers to learn how to replicate their success."

 

The article (as well as all the articles in this issue) are available for download in pdf and html here: http://crl.acrl.org/content/73/5/431.full.pdf+html


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How should academic libraries communicate their own value?

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Libraries are not synonymous for a 'large undergraduate study hall'.
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Startup culture and the future of academic libraries: An interview with Brian Mathews | Education Futures

Startup culture and the future of academic libraries: An interview with Brian Mathews | Education Futures | Academic Librarian Research Support | Scoop.it

" . . . Mathews’ white paper “Think Like a Startup” makes a compelling case that within 20 years many of the modern academic libraries’ services will be housed and run by other units across campus. Therefore, Mathews argues academic libraries need to forge new partnerships across campus, discover new ways to create value for their users, and experiment with radical new approaches to solving their most pressing needs. . . ."

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Eliminating traditional reference services in an academic health sciences library: a case study

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This case study will be of interest to libraries considering a shift from traditional reference service to one that provides in-depth and personalized service, and provides a discussion of the choices made and issues considered from such a paradigm shift. 

 

Eliminating traditional reference desk services requires careful analysis and planning, as well as adequate and ongoing training of desk staff on the frontlines of service.  The study indicates that the new service model resulting in more in-depth, lengthy consultations will require librarians' expertise. The elimination of walk-in specialized reference assistance has not negatively impacted overall reference statistics, with some reference and instructional statistics actually improving.  However, it concludes that each institution must balance its organizational needs with that of its customers when designing its future services.

 

Read the full text of the study here:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193369/

 


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To be the best, cite the best : Nature News

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Nature - the world's best science and medicine on your desktop
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The power of altmetrics on a CV - Piwowar - 2013 - Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Wiley Online Library

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Are alternative metrics still alternative?

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Editor's Summary

Since the 1960s citation counts have been the standard for judging scholarly contributions and status, but growing awareness of the strategy's limitations should lead to acceptance of alternative metrics. Citation analysis drawbacks include lack of timeliness, self citation and citations that are superfluous, negative and incomplete, and traditional counts reflect only a small fraction of actual usage. A better categorization of scholarly impact would cover usage, captures, mentions and social media in addition to citations. Metrics should include mentions in blogs and other nontraditional formats, open review forums, electronic book downloads, library circulation counts, bookmarks, tweets and more. Such alternative metrics provide a more complete view of peer response to scholarly writings and better demonstrate the relative position of a research grant applicant and potential for influential work. Altmetrics are readily available, and their value for evaluating scholarly work should be recognized.

 

The authors:" There is a temptation to see this new paradigm for measuring impact as a passing fad: interesting, but too early, or simply not serious with regard to scientific research. The question arises: Does the process for granting tenure need to be changed in order for these measures to be accepted? A better question is why a demonstrably sub-standard process whose faults and drawbacks are so well known has persisted for so long. The easy answer is that it is all we have had for five decades, but the truth is that decisionmakers want quantifiable data for making decisions. Promotion, hiring and grant funding processes will continue to evolve, but those changes will not be prerequisites for including more holistic measurements."

 

source:

Special Section: What, Why And Where?

You have full text access to this contentAre alternative metrics still alternative?Mike Buschman Co-Founders of Plum Analytics, Worked at Microsoft as a Librarian and Program Manager1,Andrea Michalek Co-Founders of Plum Analytics, Serial Entrepreneur with a Focus on Search and Information Retrieval Products2

DOI: 10.1002/bult.2013.1720390411

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 35–39, April/May 2013

 

 

 


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Freedom road in publishing

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OPEN access publishing has reached a tipping point with most papers available for free, according to a study for the European Commission.

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Altmetrics and open access: a measure of public interest

Researchers, research managers and publishers are increasingly required to factor into their policies and practices the conditions by which publicly funded research must be made publicly available....
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Tablets to reach 70% of Australians by 2017

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More than 5 million Australians now have tablets and contrary to the predictions of Steve Jobs, smaller models are set to dominate.

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:25 AM

Institutions need mobilization strategies, othewise they will get pushed around by student demand and end up with messy uneconomic systems. Take control institutions and have your say. #Institution voice

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Flipped Classroom

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Open Access and its impact on the future of the university librarian

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We are shifting from content ownership by individual libraries to joint provision of services on a larger scale, says Stephen Barr...

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Bury Your Writing — Why Do Academic Book Chapters Fail to Generate Citations?

Bury Your Writing — Why Do Academic Book Chapters Fail to Generate Citations? | Academic Librarian Research Support | Scoop.it
Books and book chapters have a competitive disadvantage in citations, but it's not accessibility that makes the difference -- there are more reasons, and more changes needed. Continue reading &raqu...
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Academic Libraries Should Give Up Book-by-Book Collecting

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To stay robust and relevant, academic libraries may need to abandon hands-on collection development and big deal subscription packages in favor of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), open access, and curation of campus specialties.

 

David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, in his article entitled "From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting", predicts that the academic library world will radically restructure itself in the next eight years. He forecasts that by 2020, effectively all content delivery will have become digital. 

 

He suggests,  "If academic libraries are to be successful, they will need to: deconstruct legacy print collections; move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions; manage the transition to open access journals; focus on curating unique items; and develop new mechanisms for funding national infrastructure."

View/download his article here:

http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2012/01/09/crl-309.full.pdf+html


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A great paper on ipad use by Librarians!!

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25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest

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These libraries are must-follows on everyone's favorite social bookmarking site, Pinterest.

 

Multimedia buffs will absolutely adore how these libraries are using Pinterest to show off their impressive photo collections, research tips and other areas of interest.

 

View them here:  http://oedb.org/library/beginning-online-learning/25-libraries-we-most-love-on-pinterest


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