ACRL2017: When Tradition and Reality Collide: Metrics, Impact and Beyond

Mar 25 2017 Published by under bibliometrics, Conferences

Friday morning Abigail Goben, Meg Smith, and I presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Baltimore. I am not an academic librarian but I do serve researchers. I would say that SLA is probably more appropriate for librarians serving researchers in government, industry, and other settings. This was local, though!

The polls yielded some interesting feedback.

  • Our audience members were overall fairly experienced in metrics, with some experts. They knew most of the terms we threw out
  • Many of their libraries have informal support for metrics with a few libraries having formal support
  • Librarians sometimes have an uneasy role with metrics:
    • Frustrated with inappropriate use or use by uninformed people
    • Difficulty working with researchers and with administration: who should pay for the tools? who should do the work?
    • Librarian as neutral vs. metrics for competition
  • Many organizations do have RIM thingies, but they are mostly at the office of research or provost's office. There is a need for more help in how librarians can work with these offices.

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