Conference Paper: “Exploring Values-Based (Alt)metrics to Enhance Library Services”
The following paper will be presented on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Exploring Values-Based (Alt)metrics to Enhance Library Services
Modern Language Association
Michigan State University
Social Science Research Council
via IFLA Library
This paper describes the HuMetricsHSS initiative, which calls for a major shift towards a values-based evaluation paradigm in academia and, by extension, academic libraries. HuMetricsHSS proposes that metrics only be used to measure a one’s progress towards embodying five core values that initial research suggests are central to all humanities and social science disciplines: Collegiality, Quality, Equity, Openness, and Community. This paper explores these values and their potential application to academic library services. How might “equity” be embodied in the context of collection management? Should “openness” be a prerequisite for supporting journals? Might new conceptions of “quality” better guide our services offered to faculty and students? Both traditional metrics (i.e., bibliometrics) and altmetrics’ applicability for these purposes are explored.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.