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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Hej Sverige! I’m coming for you!

Hej Sverige! I’m coming for you!

From September 21st – 28th, I’ll be visiting a number of universities across Sweden (even making a short stopover in Denmark) to discuss altmetrics with researchers and librarians, including a presentation at the ChALS 2015 conference in Gothenburg on September 23rd. I could not be more excited for this visit–I’ve had a fondness for Sweden ever since seeing the film Show Me Love (or “Fucking Åmål” in Swedish) as a young teen (a fact that I’m sure will make any…

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The case against (only) using metrics for collection management

The case against (only) using metrics for collection management

I’m currently working with Sarah Sutton at Emporia State University on launching a survey to get a sense of how librarians use altmetrics, including for collection development purposes. (Is it useful to know if a book has been cited in a policy document, even if it’s rarely circulated, so you don’t deaccession it? Can monitoring online activity for all scholarship–even articles that a library doesn’t have subscription access to–help librarians make much quicker purchasing decisions for articles and journals that…

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Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going (upcoming LITA webinar)

Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going (upcoming LITA webinar)

On Tuesday at 2 pm, I’ll have the pleasure of speaking with members of the newly-formed LITA Altmetrics & Digital Analytics interest group about the white paper that I recently wrote with Michelle Dalmau (Indiana University) and Dave Scherer (Purdue University). Join us! Here’s the webinar description: Altmetrics and analytics in IRs and digital libraries: where we’re at and where we’re going When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 2pm CST (3pm EST| 1pm MST| Noon PST) Where: Online – https://bluejeans.com/164382960…

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We’re overdue on altmetrics for the digital humanities

We’re overdue on altmetrics for the digital humanities

Humanities researchers I’ve talked to usually fall into one of two camps when it comes to altmetrics: “Altmetrics are amazing! I’ve been looking for a better way to understand the use and impacts of my work.” or “This is just another tool that favors the sciences and tries to reduce the complexities of my research into a single formula. It will never work for me.” As an altmetrics advocate and humanist by training, I unsurprisingly tend to fall into the first camp. I’ve…

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On New Mexico’s “religious freedom” law (which doesn’t allow anti-LGBT discrimination)

On New Mexico’s “religious freedom” law (which doesn’t allow anti-LGBT discrimination)

I was surprised to learn yesterday that New Mexico has a “RFRA” (aka “religious freedom”) law on its books, similar to the one recently signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. One big difference between the two, though? New Mexico’s law CANNOT be used as a justification to refuse to offer services to LGBT individuals.

Jeffrey Beall can’t seem to get altmetrics quite right

Jeffrey Beall can’t seem to get altmetrics quite right

UC Denver librarian Jeffrey Beall recently published an opinion article, “Spurious alternative impact factors: The scale of the problem from an academic perspective,” (paywall) that sadly contains the same old misinformation about research impact metrics that he’s been corrected on before. This is a short post to gently remind Beall and his coauthors of what altmetrics and citation-based metrics do and do not stand for/measure/etc, correct some inaccuracies found in the article, and highlight two areas where we agree. Let’s start with what they…

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Happy to announce I’m Altmetric’s new Research Metrics Consultant!

Happy to announce I’m Altmetric’s new Research Metrics Consultant!

For the next six months, I’ll be working with the smart folks at Altmetric to build the company’s profile in the US. I couldn’t be more excited–they’ve built a fantastic product and are doing important work to support the larger field of altmetrics (including open altmetrics). Monday is my first day with the company, and I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running with an Altmetric ‘boot camp’ at their London offices throughout next week. I also want to mention:…

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