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2 - Developing a Model for Faculty Scholarly Metrics Services across Diverse Health Sciences Audiences: From Dreaming to Doing

Monday, May 29
10:50 AM - 11:05 AM
Room: 604

Objectives: University administrations are increasingly requesting evidence of impact from their faculty in annual evaluations and for promotion and tenure. Librarians are well-poised to assist faculty, scholars, and researchers with gathering and reporting scholarly metrics. This paper describes the activities that an academic medical library has undertaken to establish a scholarly communications service with its diverse clientele and shares lessons learned.

Methods: The task force met to brainstorm a plan to develop a new service model aimed at establishing an overall scholarly metric and impact support service for the library’s various client groups. First steps focused on sharing existing individual work and collaborating with the University Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications (ScholComm), whose director shared expertise and provided training and resources. Librarians next initiated communications with their liaison groups, “shadowed” ScholComm’s presentations to these audiences, and developed resources and services that could be shared and adapted. Librarians met with faculty and administrators to demonstrate how to develop faculties’ scholarly profiles with citation metrics resources, and created a sequence of activities and tools to build the service and engage target clientele, including the director’s charge, needs assessments, basic and advanced training modules, webinars, and templates for initiating conversations and sustaining contact with clientele.

Results: Needs assessments were conducted with various colleges indicating faculty need for support in developing their scholarly narratives. Survey results for the pharmacy school indicated that 50% of the faculty had limited knowledge about scholarly metrics and research impact; 73% have since claimed their scholarly profiles. Nursing tenure-track faculty incorporated citation metrics into their dossiers. Presentations for medical, veterinary, and public health faculties resulted in requests for focused individual consultations on metrics and scholarly identities, and accelerated development of a researcher discovery tool deployed across campus. A tool for automatic calculation of citation metrics was created and adapted for all schools.

Conclusion: The library’s partnership with ScholComm has helped establish a new service model for the research and scholarly needs of its client groups in the first of three ScholComm areas: scholarly reputation and impact, open access, and digital scholarship and publishing; the library is now augmenting the model to include the remaining two areas. The service has enhanced the library’s value to faculty constituencies into areas most had not previously associated with library activities. Along with practical and adaptable powerpoints, instruments, templates, and tools, we provide an overarching “blueprint” for partnerships among librarians, scholarly communications specialists, and health sciences academic units.

Keywords: Research impact, Citation tracking, Scholarly identity, Researcher metrics, Scholarly Communications



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Catherine Pepper

Associate Professor and Library Field Services Coordinator
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University
Austin, Texas

Cathy holds an MPH in Public Health Informatics from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, and an MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on the use of social network analysis for evaluation of public health information systems. She has served as an elected officer and on various committees for the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association.

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Sheila W. Green

Bryan Campus Librarian
Texas A&M University
Bryan, Texas

Sheila Green, MSLS is Bryan Campus Librarian for the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library and liaison to the College of Medicine. She tested, taught and managed computer software projects during her corporate information technology career. When her interests evolved away from the technology that delivers information to explore how people use it to achieve their goals, she obtained a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2007. She has rounded with internal medicine residents and delivered “library minutes” in morning report as a medical librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston. As an MSL librarian, she works with stakeholders in the College of Medicine to further their goals for research, student success and societal impact.

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Arwen Meador

Instructional Assistant Professor / Health & Life Sciences Librarian
Medical Sciences Library
College Station, Texas

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Heather K. Moberly

Professor / Coordinator of Veterinary Services
Medical Sciences Library
College Station, Texas

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Lin Wu

Instructional Associate Professor / Pharmacy and South Texas HSC Campus Librarian
Medical Sciences Library
Kingsville, Texas

Lin Wu is Pharmacy and South Texas Health Science Center Campus Librarian at Texas A&M University's Medical Sciences Library. She is fully integrated into the College of Pharmacy to support the learning, teaching, and research needs of the college. Her research interests are embedded librarianship, information literacy, health literacy, evidence-based nursing practice, medical informatics, and library instruction.

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Bruce Herbert

Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication
University Libraries
College Station, Texas

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Esther E. Carrigan

Associate Dean and Director
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Esther Carrigan is the Associate Dean and Director of the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library. Ms. Carrigan holds the rank of Professor and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Librarianship Award and the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences, awarded by the Medical Library Association. Ms. Carrigan was also a member of the author team that was awarded the Daniel T. Richards Prize for Best Published Article on Collection Development in the Health Sciences by the Collection Development Section of the Medical Library Association (2011). Her research interests include veterinary libraries, collection development, library assessment and evidence based practice.

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