What’s Impact? Whose Specialty?

I gave a webinar presentation yesterday for ASERL. It was recorded and can be viewed here.

Here’s the abstract:

What’s ‘Impact’? Whose Speciality? J. Britt Holbrook, Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, discusses his research on developing indicators for the impact of scholarly communication. Holbrook argues that, although libraries, librarians, and information scientists can play a useful role in developing such indicators, there are inherent risks in too much standardization. Our common goal should be to develop impact indicators that maximize the creativity and freedom of individuals to conduct excellent research.

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