This guide is intended for librarians who want to familiarize themselves with the field of altmetrics. In it, we’ve compiled valuable resources for outreach to faculty and graduate students.
Impactstory–the only non-profit devoted exclusively to altmetrics–created this guide as part of our organization’s mission to help researchers and librarians learn about and use altmetrics. It’s written by Stacy Konkiel, Impactstory’s Director of Marketing & Research who’s also an academic librarian.
We encourage you to borrow liberally from this guide and the resources in it (and also from our companion “Ultimate guide” for faculty & graduate students) when creating your own Libguides and training materials on research metrics.
As a librarian, you are one of the few objective, on-campus resources to which faculty and graduate students can turn when they have questions about research metrics and their applications. This guide will help you learn more about the benefits and limitations of altmetrics, find examples of how librarians and researchers use altmetrics, and promote the responsible use of altmetrics on your campus through:
- 1:1 Outreach
- Consultations to students, faculty & administrators
- Updating promotion & tenure and hiring guidelines to include instructions on using altmetrics