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Overview of Librarians and Research Evaluation Support Survey, by Nadine Edwards, University of Greenwich, Information and Library Services. Presentation at the Research Evaluation: Is It Our ...

Overview of Librarians and Research Evaluation Support Survey, by Nadine Edwards, University of Greenwich, Information and Library Services. Presentation at the Research Evaluation: Is It Our Business? The Role of Librarians in the Brave New World of Research Evaluation 29 June 2011, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus.

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  • 53 responses mostly from librarians indicating that working with the Research Office on CRIS developments and bibliometrics is just an additional part of their responsibilities that must fit in with their main duties.
  • About half of respondents (25) have a some kind of system for managing research most using a commercial system (16) or using in-house solutions (9). The other half do not currently have a CRIS or don’t know of any developments.
  • Only 34 people responded to question 6 with 10 aware of plans to purchase a commercial system in their institution. The majority didn’t know (15) or didn’t answer (19) which implies that the library is not always included in these decisions and much depends on the working relationship between the Research Office and the library and whether there is already an institutional repository in place.Just over half of people didn’t answer question 7, because it wasn’t applicable to their role, grade or area of responsibility. A quarter of institutions have a CRIS (25) that integrates primarilywith the institutional repository (20) and the web pages – staff profile pages (16) and departmental web pages (8)
  • Of the 24 people who support bibliometrics, 19 have sole responsibility for it within the library service. Only 2 people provided comments in response to the question about other departments providing support with 1 referring to a Bibliometrician who carried out this function.
  • Overwhelming interest in joining a InCites mailing list (91%). A mailing list would provide a forum for InCites users to share information about its use, enabling other institutions to evaluate whether the resource (or a similar tool) is right for their institution. The library can play a role in advising the Research Office to purchase InCites, rather than purchasing it with the library budget.

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  • Librarians and research evaluation support: Survey overview
    Nadine Edwards, University of Greenwich
    29 June 2011
  • Responses
    Just over 50 responses
    Russell Group (13)
    1994 Group (9)
    Alliance Universities (7)
    Million+ (3)
  • Solutions
    Pure (4)
    Symplectic (9)
    Conversis (3)
    We have an in-house CRIS (9)
    We do not currently have a CRIS (14)
    Don’t know (7)
    Other (6)
    Total answered 52
    “Currently building an in-house system”
    “Introducing Sympletic shortly”
    “We have a number of integrated systems”
    “Research Master”
    “Basic Access database for grants management”
    “EPrints and Symplectic at present”
  • CRIS developments
    Plans to purchase a CRIS (10 out of 34)
    Involvement in choosing software
    12 = Yes
    15 = No
    23 = not applicable
    Where relevant to role (32) most are involved in supporting the CRIS (24)
  • Bibliometrics
    Nearly half (45%) involved in supporting bibliometrics
    20% reported that bibliometrics support was provided by other depts.
    “I keep a watching brief on this”
    “possibly have a greater role in future”
    “I offer limited advice & training in the measurement of research performance...subject to demand”
    “There is a fair of degree of cynicism re bibliometrics in many disciplines taught here”
    “In a fairly small way, with a focus on journal impact factors”
  • InCites
    Vast majority (28) don’t have InCites but 12 institutions have and 3 are considering it
    18% don’t know if their institution subscribes
    Only 4 institutions submit data Thomson Reuters to create datasets (5 planning)