AbstractBackground/Objective: Academic health sciences libraries have been providing research support services. However, most did not include research assessment services until recently when such services become demanded. This study aims to investigate if, what, and how research assessment services are provided by academic health sciences libraries. The findings will help librarians develop effective research assessment services to meet researchers’ needs.
Method: A list of health sciences libraries (N=150) was downloaded from AAHSL Membership Directory at http://www.aahsl.org/index.php?option=com_community&view=search&searchId=117383 in January 2018. Data were extracted from their websites mainly in the areas of research services, classes, workshops, special programs and library guides aiming to answer these questions: 1) Are research assessment services being provided? 2) If yes, what levels of assessment services are provided? 3) How are the research assessment services provided? 4) What other research support services are provided? When a website did not post enough or clear information, contacting listed point persons was pursued to acquire additional information and clarification about the service. Data collected were recorded in an excel file and analyzed accordingly.
Results: The study revealed that 60 out of 150 libraries (n=150, 40%) provide research assessment services at various levels. Among them, 21 libraries provided basic level with a brief guide on research metrics; 22 offered intermediary level with detailed guides/workshops to measure research impact; 17 provided formal services by designated professionals and special programs. 18 (n=150, 12%) have access to the services provided by other libraries in their systems. 67 libraries (n=150, 45%) did not have such services; 5 (n=150, 3%) were excluded due to various reasons. The study also showed other research services offered in the studied libraries.
Conclusion: More academic health sciences libraries than expected provided information on research assessment in addition to many other types of research support services. However, most libraries provided the research assessment services at a very limited level except a small number of libraries that offer very formal bibliometric services to their users. It would be beneficial for these providers to share what lessons they learned and what programs proved to be effective. Probably the subsequent study is to survey these libraries and service providers to make recommendations on best practices.
NotePoster presented at MLA '18 (Medical Library Association Annual Conference), Atlanta, Georgia, May 22, 2018.
SubjectsAcademic health sciences libraries, Bibliometric services, Bibliometrics, Research assessment services, Research evaluation services, Research metrics, Research support
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