What is it?

Through statistical analysis of physical publications such as books or journal articles, bibliometrics have frequently been employed in the field of library and information science, including scientometrics. Recently, bibliometrics have been employed to provide quantitative analysis of academic literature.

Why is it important?

Doing regular searches for citations to a collection's material is an important way to establish impact on the community. When any such quantitative measure is used in decision-making to the exclusion of important qualitative factors, those decisions are vulnerable to dispute. Bibliometric data used primarily to describe and not evaluate can be helpfully revealing.

What to do next?

We need to ensure that platforms exist for the transparent delivery of these bibliometrics, and that they are stored in a way that is accessible and provides sufficient metadata for context. To promote and encourage the qualitative nature of our bibliometrics, ICT should work closely with the library.