Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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IFLA World Library and Information Congress

August 20, 2017 @ 1:45 pm - 3:35 pm

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Exploring Values-Based (Alt)metrics to Enhance Library Services

Session 080: Altmetrics: It’s Time to Take Action

Presenter: Stacy Konkiel

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 metrics only be used to measure a one’s progress towards embodying five values that initial research suggests are central to all humanistic and social science disciplines:

  • 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 these values and their potential application to academic library services. How might “equity” be embodied in the context of collection management? Should “openness” be a prerequisite for supporting journals? Might new conceptions of “quality” better guide our services offered to faculty and students? Both traditional metrics’ (i.e., bibliometrics) and altmetrics’ applicability for these purposes are explored.


August 20, 2017
1:45 pm - 3:35 pm
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