Articles

Increasingly, librarians are involved in tracking and reporting on research outputs. While metrics help illuminate the impact of research outputs, it can be a challenge for librarians unfamiliar with research impact to assemble a basket of metrics and find definitions and resources in one place.

By learning about new publishing and open science tools and introducing them to researchers, librarians and information professionals can have a positive impact on researchers’ workflows, including helping researchers share and manage data more effectively.

Rebuilding a Malawian library after disaster

By Jenny Hayes, Book Aid International | June 10, 2016

Mzuzu University's library after the fire

Book Aid International – with support from Elsevier – helps to restock the shelves at Mzuzu University Library after a fire that consumed the building and all of its books.

Originally shared in 2014, this poster is a fun way to encourage grad students and other library users to explore new skills this summer at the library.

The webinar presenters field questions and respond to comments, such as “What is the difference between the h-index and g-index?” and “Do writing articles in collaboration and open-access publishing improve visibility?”

Monthly webinars on different topics are available in both English and German, are free to attend and can be viewed live or on demand. Webinar topics include metrics, author profiles, content coverage, search tips, APIs and more. Find out more about how to reap higher returns on your Scopus investment.

Talking to your researchers about the h-index

By Jenny Delasalle, Freelance Librarian | May 24, 2016

h-graph for David Neal

This article explains how the h-index is calculated, why it will vary depending on the data source, accounting for discipline and career stage, how to improve the h-index and alternatives to the h-index.

Capturing and communicating the value of information management services in a corporate culture

A Q&A with upcoming webinar presenter Ulla de Stricker | May 10, 2016

Ulla de Stricker and book cover

On June 21, Ulla de Stricker will share her advice for information managers (IMs) in the webinar “Capturing and communicating the value of information management services in a corporate culture." In this article Ulla answers questions about the current challenges faced by IMs at corporate organizations relating to understanding and communicating the value of the services they provide. 

Read responses to questions regarding The Ohio State University Research Commons, its services and promotion that we did not have time to respond to during the “Fostering research community through library spaces and services” webinar. Link to the webinar recording and the slides.

Benchmarking with SciVal in Scholarly Communication and Research Services

By Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, University of Massachusetts Medical School | Apr 25, 2016

UMMS dept benchmarking article graph

Research intelligence tools can greatly facilitate the evaluation of research performance using citation-based measures, enabling libraries to tell better stories about research performance to the faculty and administrators. This article describes a benchmarking project at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.