Teaching information literacy to students has been a core service for academic and research libraries for decades. However in recent years it is now increasingly common for libraries to offer programs teaching researchers different kinds of information skills including how to track their research impact. Traditional librarian skills in teaching how to seek and interpret publications are repurposed in this environment to teach researchers how to seek and interpret data about their publications including citation counts, research metrics such as h-indexes and altmetrics.
In addition to face to face courses on topics such as strategic publishing, tracking impact and using social media to promote research, many libraries are now offering online guides to research impact, scholarly publishing and bibliometrics. These guides can be valuable tools within a ‘self-service’ model, enabling researchers to access help to develop skills whenever they need it. Used in conjuction with classes and one-on-one support, online tools like these present an opportunity for research support services to be offered in a sustainable and scalable way.
There are many excellent research support guides available including :
- UNSW Library’s Research Impact Guide
- University of Melbourne’s Research Lifecycle
- London School of Economic’s Measuring Research Impact
- University of Minnesota’s Research Support Services
- Monash University’s Research Impact and Publishing Guide
Have you taught research impact and other scholarly publishing information skills? How do you tailor the programs for your community?