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Using Altmetrics as an Engineering Faculty Outreach Tool

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Engineering Libraries: Extending Our Outreach

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Engineering Libraries

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Megan R Sapp Nelson Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Megan Sapp Nelson is Associate Professor of library sciences at Purdue University Siegesmund Engineering Library. She serves as a liaison to Civil Engineering and related departments in the schools of Engineering, Technology, and Science.

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Engineering faculty members are increasingly looking at the pros and cons of the number of research communication tools that are available but are overwhelmed by the variety and lack of evidence that the tools will have a positive influence on research impact, promotion, and tenure. Engineering faculty are drawn to altmetrics for a more complete picture of real world impact while simultaneously dubious of the validity of these emerging measures. This paper reviews the literature on altmetric tools, identifies the existing tools, as well as pros and cons of using those tools. The author investigates how the tools can be used to create an outreach service for faculty members in engineering that supports early career faculty to strategically design an online presence for research impact.

Sapp Nelson, M. R. (2016, June), Using Altmetrics as an Engineering Faculty Outreach Tool Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27127

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