Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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Humane Metrics and the Value of Values EBSCO Sponsored Meeting at ALA Mid-winter ALA Meeting

February 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This presentation will describe the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which calls for a major shift towards a values-based evaluation paradigm in academia and, by extension, academic libraries. HuMetricsHSS proposes that a transformation of the practices of scholarship is only possible if the metrics by which we measure successful scholarship are rooted in the core values of enriching research. The initiative has outlined the following as preliminary core values of humanities and social science scholarship:

  • Collegiality, which can be described as the professional practices of kindness, generosity, and empathy towards other scholars and oneself;
  • Quality, a value that that demonstrates one’s originality, willingness to push boundaries, methodological soundness, and the advancement of knowledge both within one’s own discipline and amongst other disciplines and the general public, as well;
  • Equity, or the willingness to undertake study with social justice, equitable access to research, and the public good in mind;
  • Openness, which includes a researcher’s transparency, candor, and accountability, in addition to the practice of making one’s research open access at all stages; and
  • Community, the value of being engaged in one’s community of practice and with the public at large, and also leadership.

This presentation will explore the manner in which a shift to a values-based approach to metrics has the capacity to reshape the practices of scholarship and enrich the work of scholars within and beyond the academy.

For more information on the HuMetricsHSS initiative, visit our website:

The announcement is available on the ARL site:


February 11
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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