Chapter 4. Altmetrics and the Role of Librarians

Robin Chin Roemer, Rachel Borchardt


Chapter 4 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 51, no. 5), “Altmetrics”

Chapter 4 details a number of ways in which libraries and librarians interface with altmetrics, including use of altmetrics tools in library job functions; incorporating altmetrics into outreach, marketing, and support efforts; and personal use for research or impact statement purposes. The chapter concludes with an overview of altmetrics resources necessary to stay current within the field, concentrating on resources with a library focus.

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Stefanie Haustein, Multidimensional Journal Evaluation: Analyzing Scientific Periodicals beyond the Impact Factor (Boston: De Gruyter, 2012), 198–214.

Stacy Konkiel and Dave Scherer, “New Opportunities for Repositories in the Age of Altmetrics,” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 39, no. 4 (April/May 2013): 22–26,

Stacy Konkiel, “Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Impactstory Advisor?” Impactstory Blog, May 5, 2014,

Jonathan Adams, “Bibliometrics: The Citation Game,” Nature 510, no. 7506 (06/26/2014): 470–71.


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