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improving student and researcher relations with the library

  1. 1. Improving staff and student library relations at Wageningen University Wouter Gerritsma, Information specialist Wageningen UR Library
  2. 2. Pre-amble <ul><li>This powerpoint is available at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More information on the topics to be presented can be found at my blog: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Myself </li></ul><ul><li>Information specialist plant sciences at Wagenigen UR library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information professional of the year 2007 </li></ul><ul><li> was selected as Péter’s picks in Online magazine Jul./Aug. 2009 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tagcloud of http://
  5. 5. Wordle tagcloud of my delicious account
  6. 6. Photo credits : 芒果人
  7. 7. Introducing Wageningen UR <ul><li>My employer </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural college established in 1876 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agr. Research stations were spinned off </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wageningen's attained the status of an institute of higher education in 1918 </li></ul><ul><li>Wageningen University and research stations merged to form Wageningen UR in 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Wageningen University and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences merged in 2003 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Size of Wageningen UR 7016 9408 388 3791 Polytechnic 2801 Research institutes 2335 5617 University Staff (FTE) Students
  9. 9. Wageningen is an international University 94 Americas 1108 Total 409 Asia 162 Africa 23 Other European countries 421 EC countries
  10. 10. Life Sciences at Wageningen UR <ul><li>Wageningen UR for quality of life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food and food production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Living environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health, lifestyle and livelihood </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. The library <ul><li>Concentration to a single physical library </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative team </li></ul><ul><li>And our users </li></ul><ul><li>Information junkies </li></ul>
  12. 13. Who are our users? <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>External clients </li></ul>
  13. 14. Information literacy to reach out to students <ul><li>Information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated in discipline oriented courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First year introductory course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third year refresher & deepening </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MSc students optional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly recommended for 'foreign' MSc students </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Information literacy for PhD students <ul><li>2 day course information literacy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 day introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>½ day EndNote course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>½ day Consultation homework under guidance of a subject librarian </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Teachers <ul><li>Not our primary target </li></ul><ul><li>We liaise with selected teachers for introductory courses “information literacy” </li></ul><ul><li>All teachers are researchers themselves </li></ul>
  16. 17. Researchers <ul><li>They know their way to the digital library already </li></ul><ul><li>They are little aware of all the services the library offers </li></ul><ul><li>We have to find opportunities to engage them </li></ul><ul><li>Research evaluation is such an occasion </li></ul>
  17. 18. Research evaluation in the Netherlands <ul><li>Based on a 6 year cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supervised by Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities (QANU) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each 6 years external international peer review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each 3 years internal mid term review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / sep </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 19. SEP protocol <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Societal relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Vitality and feasibility </li></ul>
  19. 20. What role does the library play? <ul><li>Productivity of a group is extracted from databases maintained by library </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliometric analyses are input to assess the research quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bibliometric analysis is not stipulated in the (national) SEP! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In Wageningen included as additional requirement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced bibliometric indicators are now standardly implemented on our repository </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. My article has been cited 22 times! But was does it mean? Image:
  21. 22. How do we compare numbers? <ul><li>Scientist Z. Math has a publication from 1998 with 17 citations </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist M. Biology has a publication from 2006 with 24 citations </li></ul>
  22. 23. Baseline mathematics from ESI
  23. 24. Baseline Molecular Biology from ESI
  24. 25. In practice: Normalization <ul><li>Dicke, M. Agrawal, A.A. Bruin, J. (2003) Plants talk, but are they deaf? Trends in Plant Science 8 (9):403 - 405. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Times cited: 44 times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trends in Plant Science (from journals menu ESI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant & Animal Science </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baseline data (from ESI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article from 2003 in Plant & Animal Science : Average: 8.56 citations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>top 10%: 20 citations, top 1%: 65 citations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crown Indicator = 44 / 8.56 = 5.14 </li></ul>
  25. 26. Other bibliometric indicators <ul><li>Number or percentage of highly cited articles, i.e. top 10% or top 1% most cited articles </li></ul><ul><li>Number or percentage of uncited articles </li></ul><ul><li>H-index (g-index etc …) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing productivity and citedness </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Differences with the CWTS approach (van Raan c.s.) <ul><li>Normalization per publication type </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can’t normalize per publication type </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self citations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much debated issue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fixed citation windows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some times used in research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Representativeness </li></ul>
  27. 28. Results per Graduate School 86% 8% 4% 21% 1.55 11.04 8970 13864 1256 WIMEK 93% 11% 1% 14% 1.19 8.01 6940 8254 1031 WIAS 92% 8% 3% 20% 1.48 12.68 16591 24582 1938 VLAG 79% 13% 2% 18% 1.42 8.53 11219 15972 1873 PE&RC 54% 26% 2% 15% 1.23 5.05 2033 2504 496 MGS 86% 5% 9% 38% 2.34 17.77 11413 26660 1500 EPS 26% 27% 1% 6% 0.82 3.12 379 312 100 Ceres Repr %NC %T1 %T10 CI CPP Wavg C N RS
  28. 29. Also available for any group at Wageningen UR
  29. 32. Why bibliometrics in the library <ul><li>We maintained the metadata archive for publications from the university already </li></ul><ul><li>We have experience with developing, and maintaining large publication databases </li></ul><ul><li>We license bibliometric databases used in these analyses </li></ul><ul><li>We are experienced in searching notoriously illogical databases such as Web of Science </li></ul>
  30. 33. Win/win for the library <ul><li>Improvement of our repository </li></ul><ul><li>Many presentations on the bibliometric approach </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations on detailed analysis for individual science groups </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on bibliometrics to publication strategy </li></ul>
  31. 34. Matching our Repository and WoS WoS 9577 articles & reviews Repository 10933 p.r. articles Missing in repository, 807 articles Missing from WoS, 1159 articles 1161 peer reviewed articles not in WoS journals
  32. 35. Is this the only thing you do with the repository? Repository Univ. white pages Dept. pages Pers. pages Peer review Research administration system Project administration system
  33. 36. New roles for libraries <ul><li>Application based on our own content </li></ul><ul><li>Enriched with data from third parties </li></ul><ul><li>Remixed and added value </li></ul><ul><li>To be used in other applications </li></ul><ul><li>Is it an example of a Web 2.0 application? </li></ul>
  34. 37. Conclusion <ul><li>In the beginning our services concentrated on raking in the data, and calculating the advanced bibliometric indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Now the number crunching is largely automated, and we added value to our services by giving advice and consultations to many groups of researchers </li></ul><ul><li>For publication advice they come to the library! </li></ul>
  35. 38. D ě kuji!