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How implementation of bibliometric practice affects the role of academic libraries
Lunds Universitet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, ISSN 0961-0006, E-ISSN 1741-6477, Vol. 45, no 4, 316-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses potential consequences of implementing bibliometrics as an institutionalized practice in academic libraries. Resultsare reported from a survey among libraries in Sweden with organized bibliometric activities. Incorporating bibliometric activities is oneway of redefining and widening the role of the library. Implementation of bibliometric practice is motivated by ambitions to providemore complete scholarly communication-related services, as well as to increase the visibility and status of libraries. Underlying reasonsare professional competencies such as metadata and bibliographic database management; and bibliometrics being strong within libraryand information science. Incorporating bibliometrics in academic libraries is also seen as a way of widening the professional profile oflibrarianship. The new role should, however, also be considered from the viewpoint of potential changes in how academic libraries areperceived when incorporating a monitoring function through bibliometric analyses of research performance in addition to traditionalservice-oriented functions.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 45, no 4, 316-322 p.
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Information Studies
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Humanities, Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-21765DOI: 10.1177/0961000612456867ISI: 000328649000004OAI: diva2:556074
Available from: 2013-02-12 Created: 2012-09-24 Last updated: 2016-09-21Bibliographically approved

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