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Providing context for the metrics used to evaluate the scientific literature

As the sole science librarian at a small liberal arts college, I work with faculty and students in a variety of disciplines. This means that I need to understand the literature of those disciplines, and understanding the literature means knowing at least a little bit about the metrics that are used to measure it: impact factors, h-indexes and altmetrics can all be interesting and useful, but establishing context can be difficult.For example, is an h-index of 9 good, bad or indifferent?...

February 13, 2013 — Bonnie Swoger
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Making implicit knowledge and skills more explicit in science education

One of the reasons I love being a librarian is that I have an opportunity to do many different things as a part of my job. At the recent Geological Society of America conference I had a chance to wear many hats: advisor to an undergraduate giving a talk, librarian looking at possible books to purchase and strategies for teaching students about the scientific literature, editor of a society newsletter, and occasional instructor of an introductory geoscience course.One of the recurring themes of this conference, no matter which hat I was wearing, was the need to make certain skills and concepts that are implicit to one group of folks much more concrete and explicit to another group of folks...

November 29, 2012 — Bonnie Swoger
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Small professional societies and open access

In the past, I have written about what I want as a user of information from tiny scholarly societies. This week, I'm thinking a lot about what I want as a member of a tiny scholarly society, the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS).GSIS is a very small scholarly society made up of librarians who work with geoscientists, mostly at academic institutions.GSIS is responsible for two major publications: the society newsletter and the more scholarly GSIS Proceedings ...

November 6, 2012 — Bonnie Swoger
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