Available Until 12/31/2022

8 Tips for Using Metrics in Research Evaluation (Recording)

8 Tips for Using Metrics in Research Evaluation offers librarians a quick, practical way to stay on top of the up-and-coming area of research evaluation and the role librarians can play in it. You will learn that you can easily transform your skills in expert searching and metadata into the valuable skills needed in the research evaluation process. Experts in research evaluation from Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library will present 8 practical tips for using metrics in research evaluation. They will address various types of publication data, review categories of bibliometric indicators, highlight the uses of alternative metrics, cover data sources and tools, and touch on best practices for evaluation. Participants will be able to increase the impact of their work at their institutions, confidently answer questions related to research evaluation, and proactively seek new relationships with stakeholders who are interested in evaluation. #mla8tips


Participants will:

  • expand their understanding of research evaluation and the librarian’s role in it
  • gain confidence in discussing and using metrics in research evaluation
  • discover tools for analyzing and visualizing metrics
  • learn about best practices for research evaluation



Academic health sciences librarians, hospital librarians, and librarians interested in keeping up with trends, who have little or no knowledge of research evaluation.


Karen Gutzman

Karen Gutzman is the impact and evaluation librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library where she works with the Metrics and Impact Core. She has collaborated on evaluation-related projects at all levels in the university. In particular, she has worked with the medical school administration on a yearly evaluation of their research mission, with departments on evaluating their research output, with institutes on tracking their early career scholars, and with individuals on improving their tenure and promotion materials.

Patricia L. Smith

Patricia L. Smith is the impact and dissemination librarian at Galter Health Sciences Library where she works with the Metrics and Impact Core. Her responsibilities are to support individuals and groups in scientific writing and in navigating the publishing and dissemination process. Smith collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, ranging from individuals seeking to improve their promotion and tenure materials to departments on large-scale dissemination projects.

Kristi L. Holmes

Kristi L. Holmes is the director of Galter Health Sciences Library and associate professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Holmes directs Evaluation at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC), and several other programs in biomedicine.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE contact hours.


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