Works in Progress Webinar: Lessons learned from establishing a bibliometric and research impact team at Syracuse University

In this webinar, librarians from Syracuse University will discuss the approach, tools, and collaborations they’re leveraging in developing services to support university needs around demonstrating and quantifying research impact.

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Slides - Download pptx
Emerging Roles for Libraries in Bibliometric and Research Impact Analysis: Lessons Learned from the University of Waterloo 
University of Waterloo: Library Impact Practice Brief Supporting Bibliometric Data Needs at Academic Institutions
A one-page overview of the five-stage SCOPE Framework
NIH bibliometric training series
Blog post on BRI and the OCLC Research Library Partnership


Emily Hart, Science Librarian, Research Impact Lead
Brenna Helmstutler, Librarian for the School of Information Studies
Anita Kuiken, Librarian for Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics
Stephanie JH McReynolds, Librarian for Business, Management, & Entrepreneurship


Research universities are developing strategies and services in response to the need to demonstrate and quantify their research impact for an array of internal and external purposes, some of which include strategic decision-making, benchmarking, grant proposals and reporting, and understanding and communicating research performance at the individual and institutional levels. 

Research libraries are natural partners in this work, and as a result, libraries are responding by developing bibliometrics and research impact services. In this presentation, librarians from Syracuse University will provide details on their approach to developing team-based research impact services, discuss the development of their pilot offerings and the tools they’re using, and share how they collaborate with partners like the Office of Research, interdisciplinary research units, and proposal development professionals. Lastly, they will share how they continue to adapt their services as they collect use cases and work to better understand campus needs. Specific examples include: 

  • Consulting with faculty and providing reports in support of tenure and promotion; 
  • Gathering data on university research activities for grant proposals and Requests for Information (RFI’s)
  • Developing custom reports for interdisciplinary research units
  • Working with humanities and social science departments to understand their reporting needs
  • Providing education on the responsible use of research metrics.  

This webinar will be of interest to anyone interested in bibliometric and research impact activities. We expect this to be of particular interest to scholarly communication librarians and library leaders, as well as professionals working in institutional research, research administration, academic affairs, and campus communications.


09 February 2022


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]

Live webinar sessions are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.