Riding the Crest of the Altmetrics Wave: How Librarians Can Help Prepare Faculty for the Next Generation of Research Impact Metrics – arXiv – 15 May 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013. Filed under: Research | Tags: |

Riding the Crest of the Altmetrics Wave: How Librarians Can Help Prepare Faculty for the Next Generation of Research Impact Metrics – arXiv – 15 May 2013

Authors:
Scott Lapinski, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School,
Heather Piwowar, Co-Founder, ImpactStory, Postdoc at National Evolutionary Synthesis through Duke University
Jason Priem, Co-Founder, ImpactStory, PhD Student, School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

“As scholars migrate into online spaces like Mendeley, blogs, Twitter, and more, they leave new traces of once-invisible interactions like reading, saving, discussing, and recommending. Observing these traces can inform new metrics of scholarly influence and impact — so-called “altmetrics.” Stakeholders in academia are beginning to discuss how and where altmetrics can be useful towards evaluating a researcher’s academic contribution. As this interest grows, libraries are in a unique position to help support an informed dialog on campus. We suggest that librarians can provide this support in three main ways: informing emerging conversations with the latest research, supporting experimentation with emerging altmetrics tools, and engaging in early altmetrics education and outreach. We include examples and lists of resources to help librarians fill these roles. “

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Questions of life and death. An investigation into the value of health library and information services in Australia – October 2012

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Knowledge Translation | Tags: |

Questions of life and death. An investigation into the value of health library and information services in Australia – October 2012

An initiative of Health Libraries Inc, supported by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

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PubMed’s Higher Sensitivity than OVID MEDLINE… & other Published Clichés – Laika’s MedLibLog – 21 August 2011

Posted on August 23, 2011. Filed under: Research | Tags: , |

PubMed’s Higher Sensitivity than OVID MEDLINE… & other Published Clichés – 21 August 2011
http://laikaspoetnik.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/pubmeds-higher-sensitivity-than-ovid-medline-other-published-cliches/

“Is it just me, or are biomedical papers about searching for a systematic review often of low quality or just too damn obvious? I’m seldom excited about papers dealing with optimal search strategies or peculiarities of PubMed, even though it is my specialty.
It is my impression, that many of the lower quality and/or less relevant papers are written by clinicians/researchers instead of information specialists (or at least no medical librarian as the first author).

I can’t help thinking that many of those authors just happen to see an odd feature in PubMed or encounter an unexpected  phenomenon in the process of searching for a systematic review.

They think: “Hey, that’s interesting” or “that’s odd. Lets write a paper about it.” An easy way to boost our scientific output!

What they don’t realize is that the published findings are often common knowledge to the experienced MEDLINE searchers.”

Continues on the Laika’s MedLibLog site

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