MAY 17

Works in Progress Webinar: Developing research impact services–Perspectives from three OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions

In this webinar, librarians from three research universities describe the services, collaborations, and strategies they are employing to develop research impact services at their institutions.

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  • Mei Ling Lo, Science Research Librarian, Rutgers University - New Brunswick Libraries
  • Matthew R. Marsteller, Associate Dean for Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
  • William Mischo, Interim Head, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, Berthold Family Professor Emeritus in Information Access & Discovery, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Bibliometrics and research impact (BRI) is an emerging area of practice that is receiving significant interest, investigation, and investment by research libraries. A recent survey of OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP) partner institutions found that librarians are eager to learn about the BRI practices of other institutions. 

In this webinar, librarians from three research universities shared how their institutions are taking the first steps to develop BRI services, responding to local conditions and working to build relationships and trust across campus. 

  • At the University of Illinois and Carnegie Mellon, library personnel are working with academic departments and colleges to provide analytics and visualizations of research impact, using tools like SciVal and the Scopus and Web of Science APIs, as well as the local campus RIM system (Pure and Elements, respectively). These efforts serve as a type of “proof of concept” effort to build knowledge, develop skills, and work toward the establishment of a real service offering. 
  • The Rutgers–New Brunswick Library will share about its newly-developed workshop series that covers the synergies of BRI and library resources, targeted particularly at a student audience as an important information literacy topic. Their aim is to help users make use of library resources and other free-to-access tools to find and interpret the bibliometric data and, more importantly, foster their research studies.  A list of workshops will be showcased in this talk. 

Each speaker shared about the stakeholders they are engaging with and the importance of ethics for research metrics. They also provided an overview of the services they are offering and the relevant tools/subscriptions they are leveraging.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more 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.


17 May 2022


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

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