Lamar Soutter Library
Library and Information Science
Objective: The paper provides a review of current practices related to evaluation support services reported by seven biomedical and research libraries.
Methods: A group of seven libraries from the United States and Canada described their experiences with establishing evaluation support services at their libraries. A questionnaire was distributed among the libraries to elicit information as to program development, service and staffing models, campus partnerships, training, products such as tools and reports, and resources used for evaluation support services. The libraries also reported interesting projects, lessons learned, and future plans.
Results: The seven libraries profiled in this paper report a variety of service models in providing evaluation support services to meet the needs of campus stakeholders. The service models range from research center cores, partnerships with research groups, and library programs with staff dedicated to evaluation support services. A variety of products and services were described such as an automated tool to develop rank-based metrics, consultation on appropriate metrics to use for evaluation, customized publication and citation reports, resource guides, classes and training, and others. Implementing these services has allowed the libraries to expand their roles on campus and to contribute more directly to the research missions of their institutions.
Conclusions: Libraries can leverage a variety of evaluation support services as an opportunity to successfully meet an array of challenges confronting the biomedical research community, including robust efforts to report and demonstrate tangible and meaningful outcomes of biomedical research and clinical care. These services represent a transformative direction that can be emulated by other biomedical and research libraries.
research evaluation, research assessment, research impact, library services
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Gutzman KE, Bales ME, Belter CW, Chambers T, Chan L, Holmes KL, Lu YL, Palmer LA, Reznik-Zellen RC, Sarli CC, Suiter AM, Wheeler TR. Research evaluation support services in biomedical libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018 Jan;106(1):1-14. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.205. Epub 2018 Jan 2. PubMed PMID: 29339930; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5764574.
Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA
Gutzman K, Bales ME, Belter CW, Chambers T, Chan L, Holmes KL, Lu Y, Palmer LA, Reznik-Zellen R, Sarli CC, Suiter AM, Wheeler TR. (2018). Research evaluation support services in biomedical libraries. Library Publications. https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2018.205. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/lib_articles/205
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