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Wednesday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
From Numbers to Narratives: Putting the Human Face on Metrics

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Session Notes

Scholarly metrics and the systems that deliver them can seem dauntingly complex and shrouded in mystique: but they’re becoming increasingly important to academic librarians and researchers. There are increasing demands to support patrons’ needs in this area, and to help them prepare funding applications and project proposals with a complex set of metrics.

While many commercial products are usually well supported, and often free/open products benefit from a supportive community, this isn’t always the case -- often “getting started” is the biggest hurdle. And when you have the numbers, how can you present them in a compelling and informative way?

Four experts give a user-centered introduction to some of their favorite free, open and commercial platforms. This presentation is particularly suitable to early-stage librarians, and those who are getting increasingly involved in the world of scholarly research metrics.

We plan on focusing on two or three platforms each, and providing our audience with strong takeaways. Platforms will include (but are not limited to…): ImpactStory, Altmetric, Web of Science, Dimensions for Funders, Publons, Kudos, iCite, and Publish-or-Perish.

All speakers will encourage audience contributions for examples of difficult metric-related conversations in which they’ve participated, and time will be left at the end of the session for answers and problem-solving. The four speakers will provide creative suggestions about ways in which the various platforms discussed might have been used effectively within the context of each situation described by the attendees.

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Karen Gutzman

Librarian, Northwestern University
I serve as the Digital Innovations Specialist at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University where I develop, support, and implement programs that increase awareness about digital scholarship and issues in the digital environment among faculty, researchers... Read More →

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Michael Habib

Product Director, Clarivate
Michael joined Clarivate at the beginning of 2017. Currently, as a Product Director for the Web of Science platform, Michael is focused on new product developments across the Web of Science suite including product strategy related to Open Research and funders. His team also looks... Read More →
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Aaron Sorensen

Director, Data Science Insights, Digital Science
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Anne Stone

Director, Client Services, TBI Communications
A friend said she would send me to talk to the first alien that arrives on Earth, so I can probably talk about anything to anyone. At NISO, I'm here to learn and discuss aspects of marketing strategy and communications, research communications, association leadership/management... Read More →
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Mike Taylor

Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science
Mike is Head of Metrics Development at Digital Science. Mike is an innovator in scholarly metrics and social impact. Since getting involved in altmetrics in 2011, Mike has written several papers on the subject, conducted much research and is working towards a PhD with Mike Thelwall... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Cypress South, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401