Symbiosis with the Research Office – The Library’s Role in Capturing, Tracking, and Understanding Research Impact

Sponsored by Elsevier
Recorded on 01/23/2024

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research

What role do libraries play in measuring and reporting on research impact?

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Understanding research impact has become a high priority for many institutions. In today’s competitive higher education environment, universities seek to stake a claim for their unique areas of research excellence, understand their impact, and secure more grant funding in these areas, and having accurate insight into their research is essential. Tracking research outputs often happens outside the library – either through the Office of Research or Institutional Assessment – but should it? Do libraries, with their data expertise, faculty relationships, and knowledge of publishing outputs, play a role? And if so, how can they break into the existing research impact structures at their institutions?

In this webinar, librarian experts will discuss the library’s role in capturing, tracking, and reporting on the research endeavor. They will share stories about how they’ve successfully integrated their libraries into the institutional research ecosystem and will also discuss where they see the need for more collaboration. We will have a conversation about how library workers can build skills that align with these emerging institutional priorities, as well as ways libraries can engage with campus-wide stakeholders. The session will be moderated by a representative from Elsevier with expertise in library relations. 

This session will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about the library’s role in measuring research impact, including library workers in research services, data services, collection development, scholarly communication, or leadership roles.   


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    Consuella Askew

    Vice President for University LibrariesRutgers University

    Dr. Consuella Askew is the Vice President for University Libraries and University Librarian at Rutgers. Her career spans nearly 30 years, beginning in school and public libraries. She is an active and creative leader with a demonstrated history of successfully guiding libraries through transformational change. Prior to Rutgers University, she served as the associate dean for public services at Florida International University Libraries and held leadership positions at the City University of New York as the inaugural Chief Librarian for the Graduate School of Journalism (now the Craig Newark Graduate School of Journalism) and Medgar Evers College. Askew holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of North Carolina. She earned her doctoral degree in higher education from Florida International University.

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    Laura Bredahl

    Bibliometrics and Research Impact LibrarianUniversity of Waterloo

    Laura Bredahl is the Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian at the University of Waterloo. Laura’s work focuses on research intelligence and evaluation using analytical assessment of research impact and outputs within academia. She currently supports university leadership, faculties and departments and the broader community in research impact and bibliometrics analyses, services, use and governance. She has over 15 years experience in the academic setting where she has supported research, teaching and learning in the STEM fields. She supports the broader bibliometric community as a member of the ORCID-CA governing board, the international Lis-Bibliometrics committee as a blog editor, the Canadian Bibliometrics and Research Impact Community of Practice Steering Committee Co-Chair and is part of the Bibliometric and Research Impact Community Conference planning committee.

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    Emily K. Hart

    Science Librarian and Research Impact LeadSyracuse University

    Emily K. Hart is the Science Librarian and Research Impact Lead at Syracuse University Libraries. She is a subject librarian who provides research support, instruction, collections, and outreach services to several departments in the life and hard sciences; and leads a team of librarians who specialize in supporting Syracuse University’s goal of advancing research and achieving greater research visibility for the University. Emily has almost 20 years of experience working in academic Libraries. She received a Masters in Library Science (MLS) and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Technology from the University at Buffalo.

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    Anita Kuiken

    Librarian to the Falk College of Sport and Human DynamicsSyracuse University

    Anita Kuiken is the Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics Liaison Librarian and member of the Research Impact Team at Syracuse University Libraries. She provides advanced research, collections, and bibliometric support, as well as, instruction, and outreach in disciplines across the health and social sciences. Anita has been in academic libraries in different capacities for over twenty years. She received her MLIS from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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    Emily Singley (Moderator)

    Vice President, North American Library RelationsElsevier

    Emily Singley is the Vice President, North American Library Relations at Elsevier. Previously she served as Associate University Librarian for Technology and Technical Services at Boston College, where her management portfolio included scholarly communication, metadata, technology, digitization, and acquisitions. Prior to that Emily held library technology roles at Harvard University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Curry College.

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