Providing Bibliometric Services in the Medical Libraries: Why, what, and how?

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Institutes of Health Library
10 Center Drive
Bethesda MD , 21029
United States
Ya-Ling Lu is the primary contact.
Phone: 301-272-5464
Resource URL: http://nihlibrary.campusguides.com/bibliometrics
Region: All

Description: The need for publication analysis services is growing rapidly across a range of medical libraries. Such services aim to provide evidence-based applications to assist researchers in determining the nature of their research influence and to support administrators in evaluating the scientific research of laboratories and research groups. This MLA CE course will provide intellectual discussions and hands-on practice related to bibliometric analysis focusing on three subtopics 1) Overview: What is publication analysis? 2) Benchmarking individuals and research groups: Citation impact metrics, and 3) Analyzing and visualizing collaboration and topic networks. The instructors will encourage discussion among attendees and lead them through a range of exercises to build their knowledge and skills in this area.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus
Continuing Education Experience: Basic proficiency with Microsoft Excel
CE Contact Hours: 4
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Assessment/Evaluation, Reference Resources & Services, Research
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on

Educational Objective: After participating in this course, learners will understand how to conduct bibliometric analyses and how to work with different datasets for different purposes. Specifically, learners will be able to use bibliometrics to: 1) Conduct basic bibliometric analysis, 2) Create collaboration visualizations, and 3) Identify research topics in large datasets.

Agenda:

•	Why Bibliometric services? Applications and uses: 10 minutes
•	What are Bibliometrics? Key concepts: 20 minutes
•	Benchmarking individuals and research groups: Citation impact metrics (80 minutes)
     o	   Getting data in and out of Web of Science
     o	   Basic bibliometric features in Web of Science
     o	   Basic bibliometric features in Essential Science Indicators (or InCites)
     o	   Citation percentiles: Why and how
     o	   Exercise 1
•	Break: 15 minutes
•	Visualizing collaboration and research topics: 100 minutes
     o	   Getting the right data format
     o	   Basic features of the Science of Science Tool (Sci2)
     o	   Co-author network analysis
     o	   Basic features of Gephi
     o	   Research topic analysis
	     Word co-occurrence analysis
	     Bibliographic coupling
     o	   Exercise 2
•	Questions and next steps for learning more: 15 minutes

Need for This Course: Librarians at academic, hospital, and corporate medical libraries are increasingly being asked for assistance in evaluating the scientific research produced at their institutions. Such services aim to provide evidence-based applications to assist researchers in determining the nature of their research influence and to support administrators in evaluating or justifying resources allocation. This presents an opportunity for librarians to respond to the changing needs of their patrons, expand the range of services they provide, enhance the services that they already provide, and demonstrate their value to their institutions. This workshop will provide librarians with the skills necessary to seize this opportunity. Many researchers and administrators have used bibliometrics analysis as an effective method to provide evidence of their research impact. Librarians who can provide bibliometric support and training for such groups will find these skills much sought-after. The instructors of this CE course have offered dozens of training workshops at their institution and at other national and regional library events.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Handouts and research articles

Facility Requirements: • Computers, preferably with internet access to Web of Science and Essential Science Indicators (or InCites) • Microsoft Office suite • Science of Science Tool (Sci2) and Gephi (both free, but require installation)

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