Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals

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The web provides an opportunity to collect a host of different metrics, from those associated with social media accounts and web sites to more traditional research outputs. This book is a clear guide and valuable tool for library and information professionals to the web metrics available and how to assess and use them to make informed decisions and demonstrate value. As individuals and organizations increasingly use the web to bypass traditional publishing avenues and formats, this book provides the tools to unlock web metrics and evaluate the impact of this content to others within the organization and beyond.

1. Introduction
    Metrics       Indicators       Web metrics and Ranganathan's laws of library science       Web metrics for the library and information professional       The aim of this book       The structure of the rest of this book   
2. Bibliometrics, webometrics and web metrics   
    Introduction       Web metrics       Information science metrics       Web analytics       Relational and evaluative metrics       Evaluative web metrics       Relational web metrics       Validating the results       Conclusion   
3. Data collection tools   
    Introduction       The anatomy of a URL, web links and the structure of the web       Search engines 1.0       Web crawlers       Search engines 2.0       Post search engine 2.0: fragmentation       Conclusion   
4. Evaluating impact on the web   
    Introduction       Websites       Blogs       Wikis       Internal metrics       External metrics       A systematic approach to content analysis       Conclusions   
5. Evaluating social media impact   
    Introduction       Aspects of social network sites       Typology of social network sites       Research and tools for specific sites and services       Other social network sites       General social media impact       Sentiment analysis       Conclusion   
6. Investigating relationships between actors   
    Introduction       Social network analysis methods       Sources for relational network analysis       Conclusions   
7. Exploring traditional publications in a new environment   
    Introduction       More bibliographic items       Full text analysis       Greater context       Conclusion   
8. Web metrics and the web of data   
    Introduction       The web of data       Building the semantic web       Implications of the web of data for web metrics       Investigating the web of data today       SPARQL       Sindice       LDSpider – an RDF web crawler       Conclusions   
9. The future of web metrics and the library and information professional   
    How far we have come       The future of web metrics       The future of the library and information professional and web metrics.

David Stuart

David Stuart is an independent information professional, Bibliometrics Officer at the University of St. Andrews and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton. He has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies and is author of a number of books, including Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals (2016), Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (2011) and Practical Data Science for Information Professionals (2020).

"Will enable librarians to evaluate social media impact, web impact, relationships between entities on the web; and explore traditional publications in a new cyberspace environment. Of special note is Stuart's commentary on the future of web metrics and the library professional. A seminal work of impressive scholarship, Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals is very highly recommended for practicing librarians in community, academic, corporate, and governmental library systems, as well as informational professionals charged with the responsibility for gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting web metrics."
— Midwest Book Review

"Does Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals provide a strong foundation for LIS professionals to explore the nature and potential of web metrics as a tool for building better web-based information services? The answer is unequivocally yes, and the book is recommended."
— Archives and Manuscripts

"...a very interesting book that covers a range of technical areas. For anyone interested in bibliometrics who wants to better understand how the web presents both challenges and opportunities to the information science community then this is a great introduction. The author is clearly knowledgeable about metrics and makes some useful connections between the applied and research worlds. Any information professional or student wanting a considered overview of some of the key metrics for providing information services in a digital world would be advised to read it."
— Elucidate