The Library Platform & Altmetrics 
Sue Wortman 
Social Work Librarian 
University of Michigan 
June 17, 2014
Ways Libraries Facilitate Knowledge 
• Provide Access 
• Provide Training 
• Provide a safe environment 
• Build motivatio...
• Badging 
• Curricular, co-curricular connected 
• Transforming student learning 
• Scale and monetization 
• Pedagogy dr...
University 
• Innovation and 
experimentation 
• Digital 
education/online 
environment 
• Learning technology 
• Collabor...
Altmetrics
Altmetrics Manifesto - 2010 
1. “Peer-review is antiquated due to changes in 
the speed of scholarly publishing and doesn’...
“Do not use journal-based metrics, such 
as Journal Impact Factors (JIFs), as surrogate 
measures of the quality of indivi...
• April 2013 – Elsevier acquired Mendeley 
• May 2013 – Wiley piloted providing data from 
Altmetric in their open access ...
Standardization 
1. Defining altmetrics 
2. Including different forms of research 
outputs 
3. Making work discoverable ea...
University of Michigan Researchers 
• School of Social Work – Collaborative Tools
University of Michigan Librarians
What Can Librarians Do? 
• Stay informed 
• Be a part of the current conversations 
• Know the tools 
• Integrate altmetri...
“Although moves toward a major reliance on 
[altmetrics and ALMs] in research are 
premature, and the notion of an ‘articl...
• Provide access to altmetrics and ALM 
• Provide training on altmetrics and ALM 
• Provide a safe environment 
• Build mo...
“Be it practice, policies, programs, 
and/or tools, librarians seek to enrich, 
capture, store and disseminate the 
conver...
Credits 
• “Platform 3A”, by Lena Vaseljeva, https://flic.kr/p/eSPQG7 
• Watson, R. (2010). Future files: a brief history ...
Questions?
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The Library Platform & Altmetrics

  1. 1. The Library Platform & Altmetrics Sue Wortman Social Work Librarian University of Michigan June 17, 2014
  2. 2. Ways Libraries Facilitate Knowledge • Provide Access • Provide Training • Provide a safe environment • Build motivation to learn
  3. 3. • Badging • Curricular, co-curricular connected • Transforming student learning • Scale and monetization • Pedagogy driving change • Innovation and experimentation • Digital education/online environment • Residential learning: authentic, participatory, problem-based • Engaged learning: service, study abroad, action-based • Learning technology • Portfolios and reflective learning • Collaboration • Community, diversity, civil engagement
  4. 4. University • Innovation and experimentation • Digital education/online environment • Learning technology • Collaboration • Community • Provide access • Provide training • Provide safe environment • Build motivation to learn + = Library
  5. 5. Altmetrics
  6. 6. Altmetrics Manifesto - 2010 1. “Peer-review is antiquated due to changes in the speed of scholarly publishing and doesn’t hold reviewers accountable.” 2. “Counting citations is insufficient and can take years for reliable results.” 3. “Journal impact factors are suspect and are used for purposes for which they were never intended.”
  7. 7. “Do not use journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors (JIFs), as surrogate measures of the quality of individual research articles, to assess individual scientists’ contributions, or in hiring, promotion, or funding decisions.”
  8. 8. • April 2013 – Elsevier acquired Mendeley • May 2013 – Wiley piloted providing data from Altmetric in their open access journals • June 2013 – National Information Standards Organization (NISO) project starts • January 2014 – Plum Analytics is acquired by EBSCO & Taylor & Francis partner with Figshare • February 2014 – SpringerLink adds Altmetric • March 2014 – British platform Kudos relaunched with Altmetric data • June 9, 2014 – NISO releases first draft of their white paper on standardizing altmetrics • June 14, 2014 – Altmetric releases tool to gather institution-wide metrics
  9. 9. Standardization 1. Defining altmetrics 2. Including different forms of research outputs 3. Making work discoverable earlier 4. Measuring quality of research 5. Gaming the system – making data open & standardized 6. Aggregating/grouping alternative metrics 7. Using the data in context
  10. 10. University of Michigan Researchers • School of Social Work – Collaborative Tools
  11. 11. University of Michigan Librarians
  12. 12. What Can Librarians Do? • Stay informed • Be a part of the current conversations • Know the tools • Integrate altmetrics into outreach & education Lapinski, 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 Library News, 74(6), 292-300.
  13. 13. “Although moves toward a major reliance on [altmetrics and ALMs] in research are premature, and the notion of an ‘article impact factor’ is fraught with difficulty, with the development of standards, transparency and improved understanding of these metrics, they will be come valuable sources of evidence of the research of individual research outputs, as well as tools to support new ways to navigate the literature.” - David Drubin
  14. 14. • Provide access to altmetrics and ALM • Provide training on altmetrics and ALM • Provide a safe environment • Build motivation to learn about altmetrics and ALM
  15. 15. “Be it practice, policies, programs, and/or tools, librarians seek to enrich, capture, store and disseminate the conversations of their community.” R. David Lankes
  16. 16. Credits • “Platform 3A”, by Lena Vaseljeva, https://flic.kr/p/eSPQG7 • Watson, R. (2010). Future files: a brief history of the next 50 years. [New ed.]. London: Nicholas Brealey Pub. • Lankes, R. D. (2012). Expect more: Demanding better libraries for today’s complex world. http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/wp-content/ uploads/2014/01/ExpectMoreOpen.pdf • Priem, J., Taraborelli, D., Neylon, C. (2010/. Altmetrics: A manifesto, (v.1.0), 26 October 2010. http://altmetrics.org/manifesto • San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, http://am.ascb.org/dora • Drubin, D. (2014, June 11). Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated. The Conversation. Retrieved from http://theconversation.com/time-to-discard-the-metric-that-decides-how-science- is-rated-27733 • Lankes, R. D. (2011). The atlas of new librarianship. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  17. 17. Questions?

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