32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Statistics and Stories: Measuring the Impact of Information Access in Two Different Ways

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It is 10 years since Research4Life’s HINARI programme first leveraged the resources of the World Health Organisation, Yale University Library, and six leading medical publishers to provide developing world institutions with free or low cost access to a body of the world’s most important published medical research. During that time the programme has proved hugely successful, as judged by such metrics as number of participating publishers, number of contributed journals and other information resources, and number of institutions registering for access.

Efforts to measure the impact on recipient communities of the newly available research have been undertaken on two fronts – bibliometric analysis and the collection of individual testimonies and case studies. Methodological challenges have prevented what bibliometric analyses that have been conducted so far from reaching firm conclusions about impact. With these methodological issues firmly in mind, Research4Life has gathered a team of specialist bibliometricians and analysts among its library and publisher partners to develop a specification for the most rigorous attempt yet to measure the impact of access to Research4Life content in terms of quantity and quality of research output.

In addition to developing statistical analyses however, we have also taken seriously the narrative power of true stories as a powerful indication of the impact that our programmes have had in the field. This presentation will discuss some of the impacts revealed by these case studies (now collected together in a published booklet) and the background to how they were developed, as well as providing an introduction to our plans for a bibliometric impact analysis and the work we have undertaken so far.

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Daniel Dollar

AUL for Scholarly Resources, Yale University
Daniel Dollar is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources at Yale Library. Daniel joined Yale in August 2001 as a reference and e-resources librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, and from there has taken on a succession of positions with increasing responsibilities... Read More →
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Richard Gedye

Director of Publishing Outreach Programmes, STM
RICHARD GEDYE has worked in academic journals publishing since 1986, firstly at Macmillan. In 1991 he joined Oxford University Press where he held a number of positions, including director of sales, marketing, and research. In 2002 he helped found COUNTER, an international organisation... Read More →

Emily Gillingham

Director, Library Relations, Wiley

Friday November 9, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Francis Marion Calhoun Room 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403