Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Bibliometrics, Informetrics, and Altmetrics

Instructor: Marcus Banks

Dates: March 5th through 30th, 2018

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


The Web enables new means of publishing and sharing knowledge, but our tools for evaluating the impact of scholarly research have not kept pace with these possibilities. By the end of this four week course, participants will have a thorough grounding in dominant metrics for evaluating scholarly impact, as well as some emerging alternatives. For the final project, class participants will apply what they've learned to developing an instructional or collection development project at their own institutions.

Outline of class topics by week:

  • Overview of informetrics and the impact factor--history, uses, strengths, weaknesses
  • Alternatives to impact factor 1--Eigenfactor and h-index: uses, strengths, weaknesses
  • Alternatives to impact factor 2--Altmetrics: uses, strengths, weaknesses
  • Final projects--application to local situation

Logic of sequence: The Eigenfactor and h-index present "narrow" challenges to the impact factor, altmetrics offer a more broad-based challenge that questions fundamental assumptions more than the Eigenfactor or h-index.

Marcus Banks

Marcus A. Banks is a journalist and consultant with many years of experience as an academic health sciences librarian. He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in 2002 and has worked as a reference librarian, department head and library director. He studies the evolution of scholarly communication, with a focus on open access as well as alternatives to the impact factor. His writing regularly appears in American Libraries, and he has also written for Undark and Slate. @marcusabanks | / Interview with Marcus Banks

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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