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Altmetrics: emphasizing the plural

Altmetrics: emphasizing the plural

One of the challenges we face when using alternative metrics is the interpretation of what we measure.  This is even more confusing than interpreting traditional citation impact (which is challenging and confusing in itself) because "altmetrics" is an umbrella term for a wide range of activities.

March 4, 2014 — Hadas Shema
A day in the life of a science librarian

A day in the life of a science librarian

When I tell people I am a librarian, they automatically think they understand how I spend my day: they imagine a lot of book stamps, telling people to be quiet, and having time to read.

February 26, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
The Impact of TED Talks

The Impact of TED Talks

With over a billion views, TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks are a huge business. There are two main TED conferences a year the TED conference and the TEDGlobal, and a large number of satellite conferences (TEDx) all over the world.

February 8, 2014 — Hadas Shema

Understanding your rights: repositories, websites, and “self-archiving”

Last month, I mentioned that authors posting copies of their articles online need to think about two big questions in order to determine whether they are acting in accordance with a copyright transfer agreement or publishing contract: What version of your article do you want to post online?

January 17, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger
Books are for use: Weeding and deselecting

Books are for use: Weeding and deselecting

Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time in the stacks of my library looking for books to remove from our collection. The euphemisms used to describe this process make me laugh: librarians weed books from their collections or deselect them.

January 7, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

Is Elsevier really for-science? Or just for-profit?

That’s the question researchers are asking after Elsevier’s latest PR debacle. It’s generally not a good idea to piss off the people who give you their time, effort and intellectual property for free.

December 12, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
More about altmetrics

More about altmetrics

When in trouble or in doubt, invent new words. We have bibliometrics and scientometrics from the Age of Print. Now they are joined by informetrics, cybermetrics, webometrics and altmetrics, which might not be an accurate term, but it’s sticky (more than social media-based complimentary metrics, that’s for sure).

November 27, 2013 — Hadas Shema

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