Altmetrics: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Academics

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Alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact from social networks such as Twitter and blogs to online platforms such as Mendeley, ResearchGate and, altmetrics are having a huge impact on how academics and researchers build profiles and share research. This groundbreaking and highly practical guide looks at the role that library and information professionals can play in facilitating these new ways of working and demonstrating impact and influence. The contributors explain the theory behind the growing altmetrics movement, looking at how it came about, why it can help improve academics and their research profiles and where it sits among current measurements of impact. Drawing on the expertise of leading altmetric innovators and the LIS professionals using their tools, the book explains the connections between research and social media and how academics can use the multitude of tools freely available to them for their own benefits, empowering readers to develop the skills and knowledge needed to introduce and support altmetrics within their own institutions.

1. Introduction - Andy Tattersall 
2. Road map: From Web 2.0 to altmetrics - Andy Tattersall 
3. "Metrics of the trade": where have we come from? - Andrew Booth 
4. The evolution of library metrics - Ben Showers
5. The rise of altmetrics - Euan Adie 
6. Beyond bibliometrics: altmetrics reflects information about enagagement with more types of scholarly content from more types of consumers - William Gunn 
7. Considerations for implementing new technologies -  Andy Tattersall 
8. Resources and tools - Andy Tattersall 
9. The connected academic - implementing altmetrics within your organization - Andy Tattersall
10. Appmetrics - improving impact on the go - Claire Beecroft 
11. Open peer review - Andy Tattersall 
12. Conclusion - Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall

Andy Tattersall is an Information Specialist at the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is also secretary of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Multimedia and Information Technology Committee and a Mendeley Advisor for the social reference management software company.

"Extremely timely ... rather than focusing on the nitty-gritty and details of numbers and metrics, the book offers a very readable and accessible overview of the topic - why and how altmetrics have developed, a snapshot of what they look like today, and a glimpse of what we might see in the future."
— Libfocus

"Altmetrics: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Academics is very welcome as it is one of very few textbooks revisiting the theory behind the growth of altmetrics, providing a comprehensive snapshot of what they look like today and demonstrating their value if applied in a meaningful manner. All in all, this is a worthwhile read, especially for any LIS professional interested in improving their understanding of altmetrics."
— LSE Review of Books

"The targeted audience is library and information professionals doing altmetrics outreach to researchers, but the work is written to appeal to researchers and academics generally. A list of key points at the end of each chapter is particularly helpful for newcomers."
— Library Journal

"Overall, this readable book enables LIS professionals to help faculty and researchers understand the theoretical underpinnings of the development of altmetrics as well as navigate the variety of altmetrics technologies and tools. This book is recommended for academic and special librarians, information specialists, and graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in library science or information science."
— Technical Services Quarterly