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Inter-university Bibliometric Comparison of Research Output within Engineering Departments: A Small-scale Case Study at the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Improving and Understanding Engineering Collections and Publication

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Engineering Libraries

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James Sobczak University of Miami Orcid 16x16

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James graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington’s Information School (iSchool) in 2018. Prior to this, he received a Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2007.
James joined the faculty of the University of Miami Libraries in the fall of 2018 as the STEM librarian and is currently a librarian assistant professor at the Otto G. Richter Library on the Coral Gables campus.
His research interests currently focus on the development of information and critical literacy skills within the design and science disciplines. James also looks to explore how libraries can assist the traditional STEM fields to productively engage with art and design instruction to create a more holistic pedagogy in higher education, i.e. transforming STEM into STEAM.

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Buenaventura Basco University of Central Florida Orcid 16x16

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Buenaventura (Ven) Basco is currently working as Associate University Librarian at the University of Central Florida. He is the subject librarian for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, supporting the research of faculty and developing information literary instruction programs for all students in the College.

Ven has several interests in many aspects of librarianship – STEM instruction, collaboration and outreach, international relations programs and initiatives, and diversity issues.

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Bibliometrics is a commonly used tool in the area of information science for measuring and evaluating the scholarly impact of academic researchers. While the numbers and statistics generated by bibliometric analysis are easily understood and provide standardization for comparison of research outputs, they also run the risk of being overused, oversimplified, and generally isolated from any nuance or contextual information – potentially negating more meaningful application within scientific publication practices. This study looks to better understand these bibliometric concerns through the lens of a small-scale bibliometric comparison of the faculty research output of two similar populations – the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida & the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Miami – through article-level bibliometrics using Web of Science® (published by Clarivate Analytics). Given the impending ramifications of global climate change, a particular interest to the residents and higher education institutions in the state of Florida, this study also takes a closer look at those publications directly and indirectly focused on topics of climate change mitigation, adaptation, or resilience. By establishing solid benchmarking criteria within this narrow band of research activity, this study could be expanded to include other similar departments at many colleges and universities. Through future projects like this one, engineering and science librarians could gain a better understanding of similar engineering research outputs within the state of Florida, identify potential areas of regional/geographic collaboration, and develop meaningful library-related services/resources to better assist these engineering researchers and faculty.

Sobczak, J., & Basco, B. (2020, June), Inter-university Bibliometric Comparison of Research Output within Engineering Departments: A Small-scale Case Study at the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34857

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