May 22, 2022

Video Recording From OCLC Research: “Learned From Establishing a Bibliometric and Research Impact Team at Syracuse University”

The video recording embedded below from OCLC Research was recorded on February 9, 2022.


Emily Hart, Science Librarian, Research Impact Lead
Brenna Helmstutler, Librarian for the School of Information Studies
Anita Kuiken, Librarian for Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
Stephanie JH McReynolds, Librarian for Business, Management, & Entrepreneurship


Research universities are developing strategies and services in response to the need to demonstrate and quantify their research impact for an array of internal and external purposes, some of which include strategic decision-making, benchmarking, grant proposals and reporting, and understanding and communicating research performance at the individual and institutional levels.

Research libraries are natural partners in this work, and as a result, libraries are responding by developing bibliometrics and research impact services. In this presentation, librarians from Syracuse University will provide details on their approach to developing team-based research impact services, discuss the development of their pilot offerings and the tools they’re using, and share how they collaborate with partners like the Office of Research, interdisciplinary research units, and proposal development professionals. Lastly, they will share how they continue to adapt their services as they collect use cases and work to better understand campus needs. Specific examples include:

  • Consulting with faculty and providing reports in support of tenure and promotion;
  • Gathering data on university research activities for grant proposals and Requests for Information (RFI’s)
  • Developing custom reports for interdisciplinary research units
  • Working with humanities and social science departments to understand their reporting needs
  • Providing education on the responsible use of research metrics.
About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.