Altmetrics are an area of increasing interest in the library and information sector. If you don’t know what Altmetrics are, they are the alternative measurement of scholarly output, a bit like the impact factor but more social and reactive. They measure research via tools such as Twitter, Mendeley, Altmetric.com and Impact Story et al. We see them as modern channels of communication and dissemination, they go beyond the traditional models of journals and conferences.
The purpose of our talk is two-fold and will showcase the technical and negotiating skills library and information professionals need to enable academics to embrace Altmetrics. We will show case studies including a department-wide trial to encourage academics to use Altmetrics and Social Media; how we have mentored internal and external partners and delivered Altmetrics workshops and talks.
Most academics still haven’t heard about Altmetrics and many who have don’t know really know the benefits and challenges of using them. This talk will showcase what we are doing in ScHARR to support academics to understand more about what Altmetrics can do and to rethink how they deliver their research outputs and ideas beyond the paywalls of academic publishing to increase their impact and access a bigger audience.