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Examining the syllabus as scholarly object: what can we learn about values from this teaching tool?

Examining the syllabus as scholarly object: what can we learn about values from this teaching tool?

Earlier this month, scholar-educators and the HuMetricsHSS team came together at Michigan State University to better understand the values that shape how syllabi are crafted and evaluated. As part of our Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded work to create use cases for applying values-based evaluation metrics […]

Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship: A Workshop

Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship: A Workshop

Yesterday, literary and digital studies scholar Mark Sample tweeted out “So, @safiyanoble’s Algorithms of Oppression came out yesterday, I got my copy today, and it’s on my syllabus for Monday.”  This tweet offers a great example of the cultural relevance and currency of the syllabus—and […]

On “The Value of Values” Workshop, Part 1

On “The Value of Values” Workshop, Part 1

During the 2016 TriangleSCI, the HuMetricsHSS team spent a lot of time making lists. Lists of scholarly objects, large and small. Articles, books, syllabi, annotations, editions, committee minutes, e-mails, and blog posts. We even grappled with how to represent the “object” that comes out of […]

HuMetricsHSS: Can (Should) We Develop Humane Metrics for the Humanities?

HuMetricsHSS: Can (Should) We Develop Humane Metrics for the Humanities?

This post was originally written by Adriel Trott, Associate Professor in Philosophy at Wabash College and participant in the HuMetricsHSS “The Value of Values” (#hssvalues) workshop. It reflects her experiences of the event. We’ve cross-posted this from Adriel’s blog, with her permission. I just got back […]

Transforming Research 2017: Can an exploration of values move research evaluation practices forward?

Transforming Research 2017: Can an exploration of values move research evaluation practices forward?

Last week, the inaugural Transforming Research conference took place in Baltimore, MD. This meeting was unique in its ability to bring together researchers, administrators, librarians, funders, and vendors to talk about the current evaluation climate and brainstorm solutions for improving collective practices. Immediately, the theme […]

On Living Our Values While Under Stress (and Preparing for Workshop One)

On Living Our Values While Under Stress (and Preparing for Workshop One)

The real work of the HuMetricsHSS initiative begins in Michigan this week, when an insightful group of thinkers—faculty members of all ranks, teaching in any number of HSS disciplines at all kinds of institutions, along with administrators, graduate students, university publishers, and librarians—has agreed to come together to rip apart, interrogate, and rebuild that values framework, to come to a consensus on the values we share as a larger group.

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

HuMetricsHSS at LIBER2017: Meeting the European Research Library Community

I had the opportunity to present the HuMetricsHSS projects to the European research library community at LIBER2017, the 46th LIBER Annual Conference, which happened in Patras, Greece, in July.

IFLA WLIC 2017: Exploring Values-Based (Alt)Metrics to Enhance Library Services

IFLA WLIC 2017: Exploring Values-Based (Alt)Metrics to Enhance Library Services

In August, I shared the HuMetricsHSS project with an international cross-section of librarians at the IFLA World Libraries Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland. In this post, I’ve adapted a portion of my talk. You can download the related conference paper that explores these ideas in-depth […]

If you’re wondering if the HumetricsHSS workshop is for you, the answer is yes!

If you’re wondering if the HumetricsHSS workshop is for you, the answer is yes!

This October, the HuMetricsHSS team is excited to bring together a diverse group of scholars, teachers, administrators, and students from a wide range of institutions for a topic that we believe will transform academia. Over the course of a two-day workshop, we’ll interrogate, brainstorm, break apart, […]

Triangle and Beyond

Triangle and Beyond

When we first introduced the work of the HuMetrics group to the other TriangleSCI teams last October, we met with some resistance. Much like peer groups in the run-up to an election, we had become used to having our own ideas reflected and amplified internally. […]



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