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Is what’s “trending” what’s worth purchasing?:
Insights from a national study of collection development librarians
Sarah W...
Traditional metrics -> Web-native metrics
• Journal impact factor
• Citation counts
• Usage statistics
• Altmetrics
What are altmetrics?
The volume and nature of
attention that research receives
online.
How often are people talking,
what’...
Lots of speculation, little evidence
Study design
• Survey of 13,436 librarians at 150 Carnegie-classified “R1”
institutions in the US
• Direct email (manually...
Demographics
Years on the job
(n=438)
Familiarity with metrics
Among collection development librarians
& as compared to those who aren’t
Do years of experience ...
Relationships between familiarity with
metrics and experience & tenure status
• Years of experience do not affect familiar...
Use of metrics
For collection development
Factors affecting frequency of use
Factors affecting the
frequency of use of metrics
• Years of experience
• Tenure status
• Job responsibilities
Frequency of use unaffected by...
• Tenure status
• Years of experience (unconfirmed)
• Having regular scholarly communica...
Tools for collecting metrics
Other websites or databases all librarians use to
compile evidence of research impacts
add here results from the “other” t...
Takeaways: Familiarity with metrics
• Familiarity with and use of metrics are linked.
• Librarians report greater familiar...
Takeaways: Use of metrics
• Journal Usage Factor and usage statistics most likely to be
used for collection development.
•...
Takeaways: Tools for collecting metrics
• WoS reigns supreme for citation metrics.
• Altmetric is most used tool for altme...
Future work
• Additional surveys & interviews with US librarians
• Similar survey of librarians on an international scale
...
Sarah W. Sutton, ssutton3@emporia.edu
Stacy Konkiel, stacy@altmetric.com
Rachel Miles, ramiles@ksu.edu
Thank you!
Question...
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?
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Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?

Presenters:
Stacy Konkiel, Outreach & Engagement Manager, Altmetric
Rachel Miles, Kansas State University Libraries
Sarah Sutton, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University

New forms of usage data like altmetrics are helping librarians to make smarter decisions about their collections. A recent nationwide study administered to 13,000+ librarians at R1 universities shines light on exactly how these metrics are being applied in academia. This presentation will share survey results, including as-yet-unknown rates of technology and metrics uptake among collection development librarians, the most popular citation databases and altmetrics services being used to make decisions, and surprising factors that affect attitudes toward the use of metrics. This presentation will also offer actionable insights on how altmetrics are being paired with bibliometrics and usage statistics to form a more complete picture of “trending” scholarship that’s worth purchasing. Through sharing the survey results and opening up a discussion about the potential altmetrics hold for informing collection development, the presenters aim to provide a learning opportunity for attendees which will enhance their competencies for e-resource management, specifically, core competence for e-resource librarians 3.5, use of bibliometrics for collection assessment, and 3.7, identity and analyze emerging technologies.

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Is what's 'trending' what¹s worth purchasing?

  1. 1. Is what’s “trending” what’s worth purchasing?: Insights from a national study of collection development librarians Sarah W. Sutton, Emporia State University SLIM Rachel Miles, Kansas State University Libraries Stacy Konkiel, Altmetric LLP June 2016 NASIG 2016, Albuquerque, NM
  2. 2. Traditional metrics -> Web-native metrics • Journal impact factor • Citation counts • Usage statistics • Altmetrics
  3. 3. What are altmetrics? The volume and nature of attention that research receives online. How often are people talking, what’s being said, and who is saying it? @jeandraws
  4. 4. Lots of speculation, little evidence
  5. 5. Study design • Survey of 13,436 librarians at 150 Carnegie-classified “R1” institutions in the US • Direct email (manually collected) • 707 respondents (5.3% response rate) • Collected answers via Qualtrics • Data analysis via Qualtrics and SPSS
  6. 6. Demographics
  7. 7. Years on the job (n=438)
  8. 8. Familiarity with metrics Among collection development librarians & as compared to those who aren’t Do years of experience affect familiarity? Does tenure status affect familiarity?
  9. 9. Relationships between familiarity with metrics and experience & tenure status • Years of experience do not affect familiarity with metrics. • Tenure status affects familiarity with usage statistics, citation counts, and Journal Impact Factor. • Tenure status does not affect familiarity with altmetrics.
  10. 10. Use of metrics For collection development Factors affecting frequency of use
  11. 11. Factors affecting the frequency of use of metrics • Years of experience • Tenure status • Job responsibilities
  12. 12. Frequency of use unaffected by... • Tenure status • Years of experience (unconfirmed) • Having regular scholarly communication support duties • Having instruction duties (for usage statistics)
  13. 13. Tools for collecting metrics
  14. 14. Other websites or databases all librarians use to compile evidence of research impacts add here results from the “other” textbox - create a wordle
  15. 15. Takeaways: Familiarity with metrics • Familiarity with and use of metrics are linked. • Librarians report greater familiarity with traditional metrics. • No relationship between years of experience and familiarity with metrics. • Familiarity with traditional metrics is related to tenure status. • Familiarity with altmetrics is not related to tenure status.
  16. 16. Takeaways: Use of metrics • Journal Usage Factor and usage statistics most likely to be used for collection development. • Altmetrics least likely to be used for collection development. • Use of metrics is related to having regular responsibilities for scholarly communication. • Years of experience unrelated use of metrics.
  17. 17. Takeaways: Tools for collecting metrics • WoS reigns supreme for citation metrics. • Altmetric is most used tool for altmetrics.
  18. 18. Future work • Additional surveys & interviews with US librarians • Similar survey of librarians on an international scale • Investigate relationships between Open Access and altmetrics • Examine P&T documents
  19. 19. Sarah W. Sutton, ssutton3@emporia.edu Stacy Konkiel, stacy@altmetric.com Rachel Miles, ramiles@ksu.edu Thank you! Questions?

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