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The role of the librarian in the Research Evaluation process. Kate Bradbury Research Support, Library. Outline. Drivers of institutional research evaluation requirements Role description Knowledge Skills Future directions. Institutional research evaluation: drivers. Internal factors

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Outline

  • Drivers of institutional research evaluation requirements
  • Role description
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Future directions
institutional research evaluation drivers
Institutional research evaluation: drivers

Internal factors

Promotions

Evaluating particular initiatives

Departmental performance

Funding allocations

External factors

  • REF2014
  • Impact/Value for Money
  • Performance/league tables
  • Grant applications/awards
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Role description – data elements

  • REF 2014 – Outputs, Environment, Impact
  • Database/repository for outputs
  • Bibliometric data retrieval
  • Collaboration data – by institution & country
  • Usage & hits data
  • Integrating bibliometric data into repositories
  • Working with data providers to improve data quality [eg. affiliations] and services offered
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Role description – other elements

  • Helping to find evidence of impact – social, economic, cultural etc
  • Verifying details of outputs
  • University liaison
  • Library liaison
  • Training & advocacy
knowledge
Knowledge
  • Awareness of the research landscape & understanding needs of researchers.
  • Databases – what you can do with current databases [eg.WoK, Scopus], what is freely available [eg. ResearcherID, Google Scholar, Publish or Perish] and what might be purchased [eg. InCites, SciVal Suite]
  • Understanding data context and limitations.
skills
Skills
  • Data – attention to detail, cross-checking.
  • Technical – retrieval of bibliometric data; search skills for finding evidence of impact and verifying outputs; using spreadsheets and database software.
  • Evaluation – processing data and writing reports.
  • Presenting, advocacy & training.
some future directions
Some future directions
  • REF2014 and beyond – using the institutional repository as a main publications database; bibliometric data & evidence of impact.
  • Data & software developments – as database providers respond to new requirements; integration & repurposing of research data from all sources.
  • Budget constraints – Value for Money; shrinking university and consequently library budgets [staff, stock].
  • Combination with other roles/skills eg. Research Information Manager role.