Program Session

From Dreaming to Doing: Implementing Research Assessment Services

Tuesday, May 30
3:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Room: 608

Objectives: This session will start with panel presentations by health sciences librarians from six government, private, and public research institutions in the United States. The presentations will highlight ways that librarians have combined their research, analytic, and visualization skills with a growing range of evaluative data sources to provide innovative research assessment services at their institutions. The presentations will also discuss how implementing these services has helped advance their institutions’ research and strategic endeavors and allowed the libraries to contribute more directly to the research missions of their institutions. The session will offer an interactive online component facilitated through a shared Google document. Following the presentation, there will be an interactive discussion with attendees about the role of librarians in research evaluation, the service models through which these services can be delivered, and the skills necessary to perform them. This session will conclude with a perspective on how research assessment services can not only expand the practice of librarianship, but also allow librarians to more effectively contribute to the bigger picture at their institutions.

Keywords: research assessment, research impact, evaluation, library services, bibliometrics

Program Session

Karen Gutzman

Impact and Evaluation Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
Chicago, Illinois

As the Impact and Evaluation Librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, Karen supports individuals and groups in their understanding, assessment, visualization, and reporting of impactful outcomes of research and clinical care efforts. Karen was a U.S. National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow where she completed the second year of the fellowship program through her work with the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in providing information support to basic science researchers and graduate students. She also is learning more about how to evaluate and visualize research impact using bibliometric data. Karen received her MS degree in Library Science in 2012 from the University of North Texas with an emphasis in Health Informatics.


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Christopher W. Belter

NIH Library
Silver Spring, MD

Chris Belter (MLS) is a bibliometrics informationist at the NIH Library. He joined the NIH Library in May 2014 from the Central Library of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he managed and analyzed publications from the agency’s intramural and extramural research programs. He has an undergraduate degree in Religion from Shenandoah University and an MLS from the University of Maryland. At the NIH Library, Chris provides services related to bibliometrics, portfolio analysis, and data visualization.


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Sally A. Gore

Research Evaluation Analyst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Massachusetts

Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS, is a research evaluation analyst for the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science with responsibilities in development, implementation and analysis of evaluation related to the programs and projects of the CCTS. Prior to this, she was an embedded research librarian and informationist at the Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School, serving on grant-funded clinical and community outreach research teams, providing information, data, and knowledge management services for the projects.


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Terrie R. Wheeler

Samuel J. Wood Library
New York, New York

Terrie R. Wheeler was appointed the Director of the Samuel J. Wood Library and C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center in 2014 to lead a library transformation to a facility supporting next generation science, care and education at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has over 33 years of experience in medical librarianship that enables her to effectively lead change. She has already brought an informationist supplement to the Clinical and Translational Science Center at Weill Cornell, and has introduced grant editing, bioinformatics and research impact assessment as new library services. Her leadership has envigorated current programs, and set a vision for the future that is about information services to advance science.

She has held prior supervisory positions since 1991 at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and most recently as the Chief of the Education Services Branch of the National Institutes of Health Library. She has experience as both a clinical and basic sciences informationist.

Active in MLA since the 1980’s, Ms. Wheeler has served at various times as Research Section Chair, Federal Libraries Section Chair, Federal Libraries Section Webmaster, and Chapter Chair, Chapter Representative to Chapter Council, and Consumer and Patient Health Information Section Secretary. She has also been an invited speaker at MLA, SLA, ASIS and AMIA.

Ms. Wheeler’s research interest is information seeking behaviors, integrating information into workflows and program evaluation. In 2015 she was awarded a two year NIH informationist supplement grant. In 2007 she published research on integrating an information tool into the electronic medical record to assist clinicians with questions as they saw patients. She also has a keen interest in information technology and in communicating the value of libraries in language with data that administrators understand. This interest resulted in a five federal agency study of the value of the information provided by a librarian conducted in 2010 – 2011.

A cornerstone of her Walter Reed Army Institute of Research work was the Gorgas Memorial Library Federal Library of the Year Award. One of the efforts this award recognized was the customized products and services that included research impact analyses of infectious disease science for efficacy and influence. This work was used to justify future funding and to report scientific progress in the Command’s Balanced Scorecard. She has continued bibliometrics work by supporting the establishment of percentile rank based metrics at Weill Cornell.

A graduate of Adrian College and then the University of Michigan, Ms. Wheeler holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and English, and a Master’s in Library Science with an emphasis in Medical Librarianship.

As Director of the Samuel J. Wood Library, Terrie oversees a staff of 35 in the Library, Medical Archives, Duplicating Service and Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center. She is a Director on the Chief Information Officer’s Council, as well as serving on several Medical College faculty committees.


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Liza Chan

Research Librarian
J. W. Scott Health Sciences Library
Edmonton, AB, Canada


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Thane Chambers

Research Librarian
John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada


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Michael E. Bales

Research Impact and Evaluation Informationist
Samuel J. Wood Library
New York, New York

Michael Bales, MPH, PhD is the Research Impact and Evaluation Informationist at the Samuel J. Wood Library at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM). A graduate of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, Michael has authored articles on scientific social networking, geographic information systems, and autism genomics. Prior to his doctoral studies he obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, then completed a Public Health Informatics Fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work at WCM focuses on publication data management, scholarly impact assessment, and informatics policy. Michael also serves as an informationist in the Clinical and Translational Science Center, a WCM multi-institutional consortium.


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Cathy C. Sarli

Senior Librarian
Becker Medical Library
School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Cathy C. Sarli, MLS, AHIP, Senior Librarian for Evaluation and Assessment Services, Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


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Amy M. Suiter

Scholarly Publishing Librarian
Bernard Becker Medical Library
Saint Louis, MO

Amy Suiter is a Scholarly Publishing Librarian at the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Amy serves as co-manager of the library's institutional repository and she provides support in the areas of copyright, public access mandates and evaluation of scholarly productivity and impact. She generates h-index reports, social network analysis maps, and publication reports for scholars and departments on campus. She is also a member of the Tracking and Evaluation Team for the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).


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Ya-Ling Lu

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

Dr. Ya-Ling Lu joined the NIH Library in 2014. Ya-Ling earned her MLIS and PhD from UCLA.

At NIH Library, Ya-Ling provides research support services related to bilbiometrics. Some topics include: publication productivity, collaboration and co-author network, research topics, and citation impact. Ya-Ling is also exploring alternative metrics and welcome communications from interested parties. Her other professional interests include user behaviors, bibliotherapy and children's literature.


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Caitlin Bakker

Biomedical/Research Services Liaison
Bio-Med Library
Minneapolis, Minnesota


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