Posted by: bluesyemre | May 30, 2014

Altmetrics: A librarian’s outlook on potential applications by Jenny Delasalle

Altmetrics on the University of Pittsburgh’s institutional repository

  • Librarians cannot ignore altmetrics. They are turning up in subscription products that we buy and open access sources and tools we recommend. Librarians need to assess the potential for altmetrics to properly support researchers, particularly the younger generation. Researchers are noticing the altmetric buttons, badges and scores embedded in articles and asking what they are, whether to pay attention to them, and how to use them. There is an opportunity here for librarians to provide guidance in user education or information skills sessions. Because librarians have connections across their universities, they can help to steer appropriate use of altmetric scores beyond the library. Some librarians are involved with the research office, providing support for writing grants and outcome reports to funders, or with central administration, carrying out performance measurement and quality assessment activities. Librarians can advise on whether to purchase products and tools that use altmetrics and on how to showcase university research using altmetrics.

http://j.mp/RIOI2I


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