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Implementing a Scholarly Impact Program for Faculty
and Graduate Students
Brenna K. Helmstutler, M.S., M.L.I.S. • Georgia State University Library
Introduction
Today, faculty experience greater obstacles towards the achievement of
promotion and tenure than in years past (Gardner and Veliz, 2014). Grants
have become a major indicator of research productivity and institutional
visibility, and publication criteria require substantial evidence of scholarly
impact in order to present a stronger case. It has also become increasingly
essential for institutions of higher education to provide meaningful data in
regards to such benchmarks as enrollment and retention, and academic
departments need to demonstrate the value of their programs, which often
includes indicators of researcher output and grant awards. Graduate
students are increasingly seeking high-quality research with notable impact
to effectively support master and doctoral-level projects. Students pursuing
the professorial route need to develop knowledge about establishing
themselves in their respective field in order to show scholarly impact at the
time of promotion and tenure review.
Implementing a scholarly impact program holds many advantages for
faculty, graduate students, and in turn, the library. For faculty, application of
the scholarly impact tools presented within the program offers a substantial
case for faculty promotion and tenure, stronger evidence for demonstrating
the value of individual researchers and/or the department, and a greater
sense of librarians as partners in research beyond the traditional role.
Graduate students will benefit from this content by more easily identifying
top journals, authors, and articles, as well as awareness of tools as they
prepare for eventual tenure-track faculty status and promotion and tenure.
Librarians will benefit from participating in scholarly impact activity with
faculty and graduate students as it advances their support of faculty
research, demonstrates library value in a new way, and adds innovative
programming to their evolving areas of responsibility. Integration into
existing faculty and student engagement without the need for funding is
another advantage in these budget-conscious times.
Institutional Implications for Scholarly Impact Services
Georgia State is a doctoral-granting, urban research university.
The academic library is in a prime position to offer services including workshops, individual
assistance, marketing, and online research guides such as LibGuides) termed the Scholarly
Impact Program.
Scholarly Impact Program Development and Implementation
Scholarly Impact Activity for 2016-2017
• Subject librarians working individually with faculty and graduate students
• Subject librarians optioning to engage in scholarly impact for their Research
Engagement annual goal
• Conducting workshops in Spring 2017: InCites for Faculty; Metrics for
Graduate Students
• Posting news on scholarly impact topics to the University Library blog
• Partnering with faculty offices on campus
• Collecting qualitative feedback from those who have actively applied
scholarly impact tools after library workshops or consultations
References
Gardner, S.K., & Veliz, D. (2014). Evincing the ratchet: A thematic analysis of
the promotion and tenure guidelines at a striving university. The Review of
Higher Education, 38(1), 105-132.Retrieved from
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/553662 ,
Helmstutler, B.K. (2015). Taking research services to the next level:
Implementing a Scholarly Impact Program for Faculty and Graduate Students.
Journal of Library Innovation, 6 (2), 96-104.Retrieved from
http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/univ_lib_facpub/119/ .
Suggested Readings
Lapiniski, S., Piwowar, H., & Priem. J. (2013). Riding the crest of the altmetrics
wave: How librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of
research impact metrics. College & Research Libraries News, 74 (6), 292-300.
Retrieved from http://crln.acrl.org/content/74/6/292.full.pdf+html.
Malenfant, K.J. (2010). Leading change in the system of scholarly
communication: A case study of engaging liaison librarians for outreach to
faculty. College & Research Libraries, 71(1), 63-76. doi: 10.5860/crl.71.1.63 .
Mullen, L.B. (2008). Increasing impact of scholarly journal articles: Practical
strategies librarians can share. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special
Librarianship, 9(1). Retrieved from
http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n01/mullen_I01.html.
Reed, K.L. (1995). Citation analysis of faculty publication: Beyond Science
Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index. Bulletin of the Medical Library
Association, 83(4), 503-508. Retrieved from
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC226074 .
Roemer, R.C., & Borchardt, R. (2015). Meaningful metrics: A 21st century
librarian’s guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact. Chicago:
Association of College and Research Libraries.
Contact
Brenna Helmstutler
Team Leader: Health/Science/Education/Policy
Subject Librarian: Interim Biology/Nursing
brenna@gsu.edu
@Bhelmstutler
2004-2011:
Consultations,
workshops for
College of
Education
faculty,
developed
LibGuide for all
faculty to
reference
2011-12: Initial
training for
subject librarians
in promotion &
tenure tools,
internal LibGuide
created
2012: Developed
proposal to pilot
a formal program
2013: Piloted and
promoted
Promotion &
Tenure Outreach
program:
workshops,
consultations,
LibGuide
2014-15: Name
change to
Scholarly Impact
Program,
expanded to
include graduate
students
The Scholarly Impact Tools LibGuide is organized by type of metric:
• Article citation counts (e.g. Psycinfo, PubMed, Google Scholar), which give a basic number of how many times an article has
been cited and the ability to click and view those citations;
• Article-level metrics (e.g. Social Science Research Network (SSRN), Public Library of Science (PLoS), and BioMed Central),
which provide citation counts and other information, such as highly accessed,downloaded, or cited;
• Author-level metrics (e.g. Web of Science, Publish or Perish), which offers in a few clicks a comprehensive report of an author’s
work, such as the h-index (a formula based on author works with the most citations) and much more. It is ideal for promotion &
tenure review.
• Journal-level metrics (e.g. Journal Citation Reports, Google Scholar Metrics), which offer data by journal; and
• Altmetrics (e.g. CINAHL, EDS/Discover, Academia.edu, Figshare, social media), which are an emerging form of data focusing
on impact from online sources.

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  • 1. Implementing a Scholarly Impact Program for Faculty and Graduate Students Brenna K. Helmstutler, M.S., M.L.I.S. • Georgia State University Library Introduction Today, faculty experience greater obstacles towards the achievement of promotion and tenure than in years past (Gardner and Veliz, 2014). Grants have become a major indicator of research productivity and institutional visibility, and publication criteria require substantial evidence of scholarly impact in order to present a stronger case. It has also become increasingly essential for institutions of higher education to provide meaningful data in regards to such benchmarks as enrollment and retention, and academic departments need to demonstrate the value of their programs, which often includes indicators of researcher output and grant awards. Graduate students are increasingly seeking high-quality research with notable impact to effectively support master and doctoral-level projects. Students pursuing the professorial route need to develop knowledge about establishing themselves in their respective field in order to show scholarly impact at the time of promotion and tenure review. Implementing a scholarly impact program holds many advantages for faculty, graduate students, and in turn, the library. For faculty, application of the scholarly impact tools presented within the program offers a substantial case for faculty promotion and tenure, stronger evidence for demonstrating the value of individual researchers and/or the department, and a greater sense of librarians as partners in research beyond the traditional role. Graduate students will benefit from this content by more easily identifying top journals, authors, and articles, as well as awareness of tools as they prepare for eventual tenure-track faculty status and promotion and tenure. Librarians will benefit from participating in scholarly impact activity with faculty and graduate students as it advances their support of faculty research, demonstrates library value in a new way, and adds innovative programming to their evolving areas of responsibility. Integration into existing faculty and student engagement without the need for funding is another advantage in these budget-conscious times. Institutional Implications for Scholarly Impact Services Georgia State is a doctoral-granting, urban research university. The academic library is in a prime position to offer services including workshops, individual assistance, marketing, and online research guides such as LibGuides) termed the Scholarly Impact Program. Scholarly Impact Program Development and Implementation Scholarly Impact Activity for 2016-2017 • Subject librarians working individually with faculty and graduate students • Subject librarians optioning to engage in scholarly impact for their Research Engagement annual goal • Conducting workshops in Spring 2017: InCites for Faculty; Metrics for Graduate Students • Posting news on scholarly impact topics to the University Library blog • Partnering with faculty offices on campus • Collecting qualitative feedback from those who have actively applied scholarly impact tools after library workshops or consultations References Gardner, S.K., & Veliz, D. (2014). Evincing the ratchet: A thematic analysis of the promotion and tenure guidelines at a striving university. The Review of Higher Education, 38(1), 105-132.Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/553662 , Helmstutler, B.K. (2015). Taking research services to the next level: Implementing a Scholarly Impact Program for Faculty and Graduate Students. Journal of Library Innovation, 6 (2), 96-104.Retrieved from http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/univ_lib_facpub/119/ . Suggested Readings Lapiniski, S., Piwowar, H., & Priem. J. (2013). Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave: How librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics. College & Research Libraries News, 74 (6), 292-300. Retrieved from http://crln.acrl.org/content/74/6/292.full.pdf+html. Malenfant, K.J. (2010). Leading change in the system of scholarly communication: A case study of engaging liaison librarians for outreach to faculty. College & Research Libraries, 71(1), 63-76. doi: 10.5860/crl.71.1.63 . Mullen, L.B. (2008). Increasing impact of scholarly journal articles: Practical strategies librarians can share. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 9(1). Retrieved from http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n01/mullen_I01.html. Reed, K.L. (1995). Citation analysis of faculty publication: Beyond Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 83(4), 503-508. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC226074 . Roemer, R.C., & Borchardt, R. (2015). Meaningful metrics: A 21st century librarian’s guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. Contact Brenna Helmstutler Team Leader: Health/Science/Education/Policy Subject Librarian: Interim Biology/Nursing brenna@gsu.edu @Bhelmstutler 2004-2011: Consultations, workshops for College of Education faculty, developed LibGuide for all faculty to reference 2011-12: Initial training for subject librarians in promotion & tenure tools, internal LibGuide created 2012: Developed proposal to pilot a formal program 2013: Piloted and promoted Promotion & Tenure Outreach program: workshops, consultations, LibGuide 2014-15: Name change to Scholarly Impact Program, expanded to include graduate students The Scholarly Impact Tools LibGuide is organized by type of metric: • Article citation counts (e.g. Psycinfo, PubMed, Google Scholar), which give a basic number of how many times an article has been cited and the ability to click and view those citations; • Article-level metrics (e.g. Social Science Research Network (SSRN), Public Library of Science (PLoS), and BioMed Central), which provide citation counts and other information, such as highly accessed,downloaded, or cited; • Author-level metrics (e.g. Web of Science, Publish or Perish), which offers in a few clicks a comprehensive report of an author’s work, such as the h-index (a formula based on author works with the most citations) and much more. It is ideal for promotion & tenure review. • Journal-level metrics (e.g. Journal Citation Reports, Google Scholar Metrics), which offer data by journal; and • Altmetrics (e.g. CINAHL, EDS/Discover, Academia.edu, Figshare, social media), which are an emerging form of data focusing on impact from online sources.