Academic Librarians’ Knowledge of Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

  • Tara Malone Robert M. Bird Library, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1998-3532
  • Susan Burke University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies

Abstract

Objective – To measure the knowledge and opinions that academic librarians have of established and emerging research metrics.

Methods – An online survey was distributed to all academic librarians in Oklahoma during Summer 2015.

Results – Librarians were less familiar with altmetrics than with bibliometrics, but they viewed altmetrics as effective and were interested in receiving training to learn more about them. Librarians who had been in the profession for over five years knew more about both bibliometrics and altmetrics than newer librarians.

Conclusions – Technological advances and changes in the ways that research products are shared have led to the possibility of and need for new ways of measuring research impact. Altmetrics have emerged to fill this need, but academic librarians need more familiarity and training to be able to fulfill a role as providers of these metrics.

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Author Biographies

Tara Malone, Robert M. Bird Library, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Assistant Professor and Librarian, Department of Health Sciences Library and Information Management
Susan Burke, University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
Published
2016-09-26
How to Cite
Malone, T., & Burke, S. (2016). Academic Librarians’ Knowledge of Bibliometrics and Altmetrics. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 11(3), 34-49. https://doi.org/10.18438/B85G9J
Section
Research Articles