LIBER’s Metrics Working Group, launched in 2016, has just published its first article in Digital Library Perspectives.
The Leiden Manifesto Under Review: What Libraries Can Learn From It” is a critical discussion of the Leiden Manifesto for libraries already engaged in bibliometric practices. It offers practical recommendations based on our experiences.
The paper describes the Leiden Manifesto as providing a ‘solid foundation on which academic libraries can assess the implementation of metrics in their institutions’ and makes the overall recommendation that libraries need to collaborate if they are to successfully face the new challenges of responsible assessments.
“Rather than performing individual analyses or developing in-house solutions that are of limited use libraries should work together and develop modular, broadly applicable services and standards that can be used throughout the library community. Ideally, libraries will increase acceptance of these exercises, educate about strengths of evaluations and weaknesses of “irresponsible” evaluations, and be actively involved in the design and development of proper and responsible systems, data sources, metrics and methods.”