April 27-29 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

E304: Altmetrics: Meaningful Metrics for Management

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Maryellen Sims, Director, Regional Sales, Plum Analytics
Richard P. Hulser, President, Richard P. Hulser Consulting
Dr. Sharon Q Yang, Associate Professor/Systems Librarian, Moore Library, Rider University
Patricia H Dawson, Associate Professor-Librarian, Franklin F. Moore Library, Rider University

Citation counts have long been the standard measure of academic research usage and impact. As the internet is becoming more popular for scholars to disseminate information and research, alternate metrics (also called altmetrics) are recognized as valid indicators for the significance of digital scholarship. They include activities on social networking sites, blogs, and wikis such as views, downloads, saves, cited, tweets, mentioned or discussed. Traynor highlights some practical ways institutions are using these new metrics today and what the future holds. Hulser shares his experience with altmetrics and other tools to raise the awareness and relay the importance of library services to management and the general community. Rider librarians discuss web-based traditional metrics and major altmetric sites accompanied by demos. They also talk about related issues such as open access content and authors’ release of copyright to the publishers as well as what early research is showing: that open access content attracts more attention, and altmetrics are early indicators of scholarly impact for published works; research that receives more attention on the internet also receives more citations in publication; successful cases of promotion and tenure are reported supported by altmetrics.

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