New article published, “Building and Sustaining a Grassroots Library Organization: A Three Year Retrospective of Library Pipeline”

New article published, “Building and Sustaining a Grassroots Library Organization: A Three Year Retrospective of Library Pipeline”

Last month, an article I co-authored with Josh Finnell on the challenges of organizing librarians at the grassroots was published in International Information & Library Review. We librarians love to bemoan the state of our professional organizations. (Who doesn’t?) But as board chair of Library Pipeline–a fledging professional association for librarians–and volunteer for both Pipeline’s Green Open Access Working Group and the Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation chapter, I have to say, running a professional organization is often tough and thankless work. Luckily,…

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2017 in review

2017 in review

Photo of my new home, Minneapolis, by Daniel McCullough on Unsplash In 2017, I: Earned my yellow belt in krav maga Drove 1,321 miles cross-country* to make a new home in Minneapolis, MN Learned how to drive a manual car Started taking computer programming a bit more seriously Visited Poland “Came out” as a socialist and joined DSA (I’m now a monthly sustaining member and believe you should be, too, if you’re a progressive of any flavor–DSA does amazing work nationwide)…

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Prototyping an article recommendation “bot” powered by Altmetric data

Prototyping an article recommendation “bot” powered by Altmetric data

I’ve recently launched a fun new project, @SociologyBot. It’s a Twitter account that recommends recently discussed research in the field of (you guessed it) sociology. I’ve been wanting to explore the “altmetrics as a filter” idea for a long time. Being able to find not only disciplinary research but also the conversations surrounding research appeals to me, and I bet that other researchers would like access to that kind of information, too. So, now I’m experimenting with a prototype “bot”,…

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Mellon Grant to Support Values-Based Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Mellon Grant to Support Values-Based Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences

CC-BY Nicky Agate / Medium I’m excited to announce that the HuMetricsHSS research team–which I was a part of at the 2016 TriangleSCI conference–has received the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue our work of encouraging the discovery and use of “humane” research evaluation metrics for the humanities and social sciences. HSS scholars are increasingly frustrated by the prevalence of the use of evaluation metrics (borrowed from the sciences) that do not accurately capture the impacts of…

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Why I just deleted my ten-year Twitter history

Why I just deleted my ten-year Twitter history

I just used a service called Cardigan to delete the 10k+ tweets I’ve published since 2007, when I first joined Twitter. I don’t know about you, but I’ve changed a lot since I was 24 years old. It didn’t make sense to me to keep ten years worth of miscellany–silly jokes, uninformed hot takes, occasional sharp insights, and so on–up on the Internet, gathering dust, making advertising money for Twitter. I don’t want to support a company that even with…

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Library Pipeline launches “Innovation in Libraries” micro-grant

Library Pipeline launches “Innovation in Libraries” micro-grant

I’m super excited to announce that the Innovation in Libraries grant is now accepting applications: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/libraries A core group of Library Pipeliners has been working hard for months to recruit rank-and-file librarians worldwide, many of whom are funding this grant out of their own pockets (!). Each month through August 2017, our Awesome Foundation chapter will award a $1000 USD grant to prototype library-based innovations (both technical and non-technical in nature) that are inclusive, daring, and diverse. I am so…

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Ladies and gays, your outrage won’t protect you. Learn krav maga instead.

Ladies and gays, your outrage won’t protect you. Learn krav maga instead.

I’m just as disheartened by the election results as many other gays (and 46% of other white women), but I truly cannot take another “hot take” on what a Trump presidency means for minorities. Stop repeating what we already know. Civil rights are likely going to be taken away. Police brutality is going to get worse. And hate crimes are reportedly already on the rise against many minority groups, including LGBTs. How about we all redirect our energy away from complaining…

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I need a co-founder

I need a co-founder

Scholcomm’s “killer app” ain’t an app, it’s a website curated by librarians–the ultimate information experts. A little over a year ago, I quietly built and launched the best portal to find high-quality scholarly communication research: TheIdealis.org. Borrowing from the amazing precedent set by DHNow, The Idealis is a curation and notification service based on PressForward and WordPress. The Idealis is an OA twofer: it makes it effortless for readers to find the best new OA scholcomm research, and it incentivizes…

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Altmetrics and the reform of the promotion & tenure system

Altmetrics and the reform of the promotion & tenure system

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a colleague at Altmetric to develop a guide for using altmetrics in one’s promotion and tenure dossier. (Keep an eye out for the resulting blog post and handout on Altmetric.com–I think they’re going to be good!) Altmetrics and P&T is a topic that’s come up a lot recently, and predictably the responses are usually one of the following: Do you seriously want to give people tenure based on their number of…

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“The Use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure” published in Educause Review

“The Use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure” published in Educause Review

An article I co-authored along with Cassidy Sugimoto (Indiana University) and Sierra Williams (LSE Impact Blog) was recently published in the Educause Review. From the intro: “Promotion and tenure decisions in the United States often rely on various scientometric indicators (e.g., citation counts and journal impact factors) as a proxy for research quality and impact. Now a new class of metrics — altmetrics — can help faculty provide impact evidence that citation-based metrics might miss: for example, the influence of…

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