Part II: Altmetrics - new methods in assessing scholarly communication and libraries: issues, applications, results.
Program chair: Blaise Cronin, Ph.D. (D.S.Sc., School of Informatics & Computing Indiana University)
Altmetrics have emerged at the start of this decade as a result of constraints of traditional bibliometric and scientometric methods in assessing scholarly contributions and productivity in the new digital environment. Altmetrics are used to assess scholarly contributions as reflected in social media, including the blogosphere. Altmetrics studies involve not only quantitative but also qualitative assessments. In the past, libraries and librarians have participated in gathering of bibliometric data for assessing scholarly communication; now they started participating in altmetric analyses as well. Furthermore, the use of social media by libraries is growing - to get information out and respond to inquiries. The issue of assessing their appropriateness and impact is hardly addressed, as yet.
The goal of Part II of LIDA 2014 is to explore efforts, concepts, and results in use of altmetric methods in assessing two areas: (a) scholarly communication and (b) application of social media in libraries. The general aim is to further and improve altmetrics methods and use of social media in libraries.
Contributions (types described below) are invited covering the following and related topics: