January 26, 2022

New Research Article: “Academic Librarians’ Knowledge of Bibliometrics and Altmetrics”

The following article (full text available) appears in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP).


Academic Librarians’ Knowledge of Bibliometrics and Altmetrics


Tara Malone
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Susan Burke
University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies


Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Vol 11, No 3 (2016)


Objective – To measure the knowledge and opinions that academic librarians have of established and emerging research metrics.

Methods – An online survey was distributed to all academic librarians in Oklahoma during Summer 2015.

Results – Librarians were less familiar with altmetrics than with bibliometrics, but they viewed altmetrics as effective and were interested in receiving training to learn more about them. Librarians who had been in the profession for over five years knew more about both bibliometrics and altmetrics than newer librarians.

Conclusions – Technological advances and changes in the ways that research products are shared have led to the possibility of and need for new ways of measuring research impact. Altmetrics have emerged to fill this need, but academic librarians need more familiarity and training to be able to fulfill a role as providers of these metrics.

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