Rethinking humane indicators of excellence in the humanities and social sciences

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46th LIBER Annual Conference

July 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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HuMetricsHSS: Toward Value-Based Indicators in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Panel Session: Opening Up Perspectives for Future Collaboration: A Joint Exploration of Three Innovative Ideas

Presenter: Simone Sacchi

This presentation will introduce the HuMetricsHSS (Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences) initiative, which aims to develop and support a values-based framework of indicators for excellence for the humanities and social science in academia and, by extension, academic libraries. This value-based evaluation paradigm uses metrics only to measure a scholar’s progress toward embodying five values that our initial research suggests are central to all HSS 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.

HuMetricsHSS is an underway endeavor by a team of scholars and information professionals working to find ways to expose, highlight, and recognize the important scholarship that goes into not only research activities, but also the all-too-hidden work of peer review, teaching, service, and mentoring. The framework will support scholars in telling a more textured and compelling story about the impact of their research and scholarship and the variety of ways it enriches the academic and public life. While the endeavor started as a North American initiative, our purpose is to engage the broadest audience possible in the process, and European academics and research libraries would be natural and important stakeholders from which we wish to have input and feedback.


July 6, 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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