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Today’s researchers are obliged to include a variety of metrics in their applications for grant funding, and promotion and tenure files. They also develop online profiles to enhance their reputation and attract collaborators. Whether welcome or worrisome, researcher profiles and metrics have become commonplace. So how can librarians help?

Are you a medical librarian attending the MLA '17 Annual Meeting? Elsevier cordially invites you to join us for our annual Luncheon for Medical Librarians concurrent with the 2017 Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Seattle.

In this webinar librarians share their inspiration and process for developing high-impact library services. Learn how library instruction can be aligned with the AAC&U's high-impact educational practices, how a medical library established a systematic review service and how a law librarian helps faculty get published faster.

Each page of the literature search handout can stand alone or be used together as a teaching tool that covers: keywords, operators and filters; search tools; types of literature; how to evaluate information; and how to organize research.

To librarians from a PhD researcher

By Christian DeFeo, Elsevier | Apr 4, 2017

Christian DeFeo, PhD

Doing two PhDs has given the author a unique perspective on the work of a researcher. He notes that while the research environment is ever changing, what remains critical and constant is the support he's received from librarians. In this article, he explores some of the recommended tools and advice they dispensed.

Knowledge discovery through text analytics: advances, challenges and opportunities

By Akhilesh K.S. Yadav, Tata Institute of Social Sciences | Mar 1, 2017

Text mining for patterns and trends

Text mining or text analytics is the analysis of unstructured data contained in natural language text. Akhilesh Yadav, MLIS faculty, interviews Gabe Ignatow, a sociology professor and co-author of Text Mining: A Guidebook for the Social Sciences, about this important research method. 

Providing literature support as part of the biomedical research team

By Pamela Shaw, Northwestern University | Feb 27, 2017

Images of Bolivia from Steven Schuetz's blog

The role of the librarian on the biomedical research team is arguably more valuable now than ever before as a wealth of biomedical literature introduces a significant challenge: searching for manuscripts and retrieving relevant results. 

As a librarian, you want to introduce your researchers to processes and tools that will save them time, improve their workflows, and set them up as good contributors to the scholarly ecosystem. Register for this Library Connect webinar for a quick review of features in Mendeley, Scopus, ScienceDirect and Hivebench that can help your researchers work smart, work together and stay up-to-date. 

Many of you, particularly in the US, may think the big kickoff is in Houston on Feb. 5. Librarians around the world interested in a free self-study program to learn how to train others on using Mendeley know better.

Do you want to be an LIS journal editor? An editor discusses perks and pitfalls

Interview with Ludo Waltman, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Informetrics | Jan 31, 2017

Image of multitasker

In this Q&A with Ludo Waltman, the editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Informetrics shares the typical tasks involved in the role, along with the key challenges and top rewards. Perhaps it will inspire you to explore an editorship yourself.