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Thursday, November 3 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
An Exploration of Bibliometric Network Visualizations and their Role in the Library

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Visualizations based on bibliometric data can be used to map the the output of a faculty, department, or institution's impact and their collaborations with one another. As metrics of impact become more important, especially as grant funding agencies mandate the measurement of research impact and other similar outcomes, libraries and librarians face an opportune moment to develop services, skills, and relationships with university faculty and administrators using bibliometrics and visualizations.

This poster will demonstrate how North Carolina State University (NCSU) has recently developed capabilities in bibliometric network visualizations. Librarians at NCSU have worked with faculty and administrators to develop network graphs of scholarly output and collaboration of departments and institutes on campus. Some of the uses of the network graphs were to track the development and growth of a grant funded institute at NCSU and to determine the structure of a college's departments.

Attendees will learn how to use bibliometric data gathered from databases such as Web of Science and how to process and visualize this data using open source network visualization software such as Sci2 and Gephi. Different visualizations will also be demonstrated in order to compare and contrast the effectiveness of presenting such complex information. Lastly, attendees will learn how the visualization of bibliometric data can be applied to the context of the library, both in terms of the upskilling of librarians and the relationships built with faculty and administrators from providing this service.


James Cheng

NCSU Libraries Lois Madden Todd Fellow, NCSU Libraries

Thursday November 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT
Grand Cypress Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401