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Friday, November 7 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
The Promise and Perils of 'Alternative Metrics': What Librarians Need to Know about the #Altmetrics Landscape

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Every couple of years a new trendy topic comes to the fore, and of late it's been all things #altmetrics​. But what are alternative metrics really and what do librarians need to know about them? The landscape of bibliometrics is in great flux as traditional metrics of scholarly impact (i.e. H-index, citations, and impact factor) meet new web-native metrics of social/societal impact. Researchers and those who support them -- libraries, grant administrators, and scholarly communications offices -- need to be aware of these metrics to understand what such metrics can tell an researcher or institution about their reach, who is engaging with their research, and what they're saying about that research.

Join PLOS, NISO, and librarians from American University and Harvard University on a panel moderated by Altmetric.com for an overview of the landscape, challenges/opportunities libraries should consider, and efforts on establish standards and best practices. This will be moderated discussion between the panel and the audience. Each panelist will be give 5 minutes to briefly introduce themselves and work in the space. We'll then open the floor to questions and debate on various topics. The moderator will solicit questions in advance via twitter.

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Sara Rouhi

Director of Engagement & Advocacy for Altmetric and Dimensions, Digital Science
Sara Rouhi is Director of Engagement & Advocacy for Dimensions with responsibility for education and outreach in the US and Canada for both Digital Science’s new Dimensions platform and Digital Science’s alternative metrics company, Altmetric. She... Read More →

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Rachel Borchardt

Associate Director, Research and Instructional Services, and Science Librarian, American University
Rachel Borchardt is the science librarian at American University. Her professional research focuses on the intersection of metrics and libraries, and she has written and presented on the topic in many venues, including a recent book publication titled Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century... Read More →
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John Chodacki

Product Director, PLOS
John Chodacki is Product Director for Public Library of Science. In his role, he oversees the tools and services that support PLOS' publishing program as well as PLOS’ Article Level Metrics initiative and Data program. John has spent most of his career leading digital publishing... Read More →
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Scott Lapinski

Scholarly Communication & Research Librarian, Harvard Medical School

Friday November 7, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403