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This site is where I’m attempting to provide persistent access to out-of-print queercore and riot grrrl recordings via SOUL PONIES, and where I write occasionally on issues related to altmetrics, scholarly communication, and librarianship. Use the side nav bar to find posts related to SOUL PONIES and my Work & Research, or view new additions on all topics as they are added here.

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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Reddit AMA – May 10th!

Reddit AMA – May 10th!

Cross-posted from the Digital Science blog on 25th April 2016   Join us for a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Stacy Konkiel (@skonkiel), Outreach & Engagement Manager at Altmetric, at 6pm GMT/1pm EDT on the 10th May. The Reddit Ask Me Anything forum is a great way to engage and interact with subject experts in a direct and honest Q&A, asking those burning questions you’ve always wanted to get their perspective on! Mark Hahnel, the founder of Figshare, Euan Adie, the founder of Altmetric…

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Results of the #Force2016 Innovation Challenge: we won!

Results of the #Force2016 Innovation Challenge: we won!

I’m pleased to report that along with the team behind Radian (a knowledge portal for data management librarians), the Metric Tookit (pitched by me, Heather Coates, and Robin Champieux) has won the Force 2016 PitchIt Innovation Challenge! I’m hugely proud and very excited about bringing this idea to life. In talking with researchers and librarians worldwide over the past two years, the single biggest request I tend to get is an easy way to understand what metrics really mean (or…

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What does a culturally-relevant #scholcomm practice look like?

What does a culturally-relevant #scholcomm practice look like?

I am currently at the Force 2016 conference in Portland, OR, where I presented today at a workshop for the Force Fellows on scholarly communication and crafting one’s online identity. As expected, the “teachers” at this workshop learned as much from the attendees as the attendees did from us, particularly with respect to culturally-relevant, informal scholarly communication (tweeting, blogging, etc). Paul Groth gave an excellent talk following mine (full-text of which is forthcoming, watch this space) on best practices for…

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Librarians: We’re killing innovation with bureaucracy

Librarians: We’re killing innovation with bureaucracy

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure to speak as part of the SSP Librarian Focus Group in Washington DC. It’s organized annually to allow society publishers to pick the brains of a small panel of librarians, and this year we were asked to share what we thought were libraries’ single biggest challenge and single biggest advantage. It’s likely that the session organizers wanted me to address challenges/advantages within scholarly communication. But I had a much broader context in mind. To…

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