January 27, 2022

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


Stacy Konkiel

Rebecca Kennison
K|N Consultants

Nicky Agate
Modern Language Association

Christopher Long
Michigan State University

Jason Rhody
Social Science Research Council

Simone Sacchi


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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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.