In response to increasing internal demand for and focus on metrics associated with the work of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in 2015 the National Academies Press and the Research Center launched an institution wide initiative to standardize our data collection processes and create “best practice” guidelines for staff. This ongoing initiative includes: developing a common definition for impact, a standardized taxonomy for data collection, development work on the internal metrics platform, staff training on data analysis, and marketing tools for reports to sponsors and new funding proposals. MacDonald and Willis will present on how their metrics initiative has impacted the work of librarians, researchers, and program staff, what they have learned about the increasing importance of metrics in scholarly publishing, and what they have in mind for the future.
Alphonse MacDonald is currently Acting Director of the National Academies Press. He has more than 20 years experience in the digital media and publishing sectors and has developed electronic publishing and online outreach programs for a broad range of publishers and non-profit organizations including Island Press, Conservation International, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Colleen Willis is currently the Manager of the Research Center at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She manages a staff of 4 research librarians who support the Academies with concept development, project proposals, conducting research, report writing and measuring impact.
The American University Library's Colloquium on Scholarly Communication features experts from both American University and the larger academic community presenting on challenges for academia in the twenty-first century.
A light lunch will follow the presentation.
Faculty, administrators and graduate students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series.