May 31, 2018
Dani Guzman, Ex Libris
This month’s buzz is about the effects of the proliferation of information sources and resources on academic research. On the one hand, academic citations seem to be increasingly hard to track accurately and, on the other, academic perceptions of “significance” don’t seem to match up with citation statistics. To add to the conundrum, there is the undeniable effect of Wikipedia on traditional channels of knowledge proliferation and its interplay with the library. This is but one example of the need for greater information literacy at a time of nearly unlimited access to knowledge. After diving into these deep issues, we take a step back and visit some of the most popular libraries on Earth (or so they say)!
A blog at the London School of Economics and Political Science presents the results of a new study comparing researchers’ perceptions of the significance of published academic research with actual citation data. The results raise the urgent question of whether citation metrics are really measuring what we think they are.
Preprint servers have made research more readily available to academia, but a new challenge is arising with later citations continuing to point to preprints. The trouble is that citation metrics don’t count preprints, robbing journals and researchers of proper recognition. Read more on the Scholarly Kitchen >>>
Then, explore how our unified research services platform might help address this issue.
American Libraries magazine demonstrates how Wikipedia and librarians need to not be on opposite sides of the information superhighway. As an alternative, the article presents some creative ideas “to identify common objectives and implement mutually beneficial programs.” Find out how >>>
The Information Literacy Group welcomes a new chair, Dr. Jane Secker, who lays out her vision of how librarians can play a role in expanding information literacy – and the pitfalls of a siloed approach to what should be a cross-academic discipline. Meet the new chair >>>
A senior editor at Lit Hub, Emily Temple, gives us a list of the most popular libraries in the world by annual number of visitors. From New York to Beijing, Ireland to Russia, millions of people visit these libraries >>>.