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June 2017

American Library Association Annual Conference

June 25 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM CDT
McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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Transformations in the scholarly communication landscape show no sign of abating. For this program, panelists focus on cutting-edge trends for tracking scholarly output: metrics, altmetrics, bibliometrics, and digital identity. This panel of altmetrics experts discuss the pros and cons of using metrics for ranking as well as how these technological solutions optimize discoverability of scholarly publications. Attendees will gain new insight into scholarly communication practices that will reinvigorate their partnerships with faculty.

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July 2017

46th LIBER Annual Conference

July 6 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EEST
University of Patras, Panepistimioupoli Patron
Patras, 265 04 Greece
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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.

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Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities

July 7 @ 10:45 AM - 12:25 PM CEST
University of Antwerp – Campus Middelheim, Middelheimlaan 1
Antwerpen, 2020 Belgium
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This paper, based on the work of the HuMetricsHSS initiative, proposes a fundamental change in how approaches to research evaluation in the humanities and social sciences are built. The paper calls for a holistic, values-based evaluation paradigm, one that uses metrics only to measure a scholar’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.
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August 2017

IFLA World Library and Information Congress

August 20 @ 1:45 PM - 3:35 PM CEST
Centennial Hall, Wystawowa 1
Wrocław, 51-618 Poland
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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.

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