David Stuart

Web Analyst and Consultant

Web Metrics for the Library and Information Professional

Posted on | March 22, 2012 | No Comments

Publishing my first book, Facilitating access to the web of data: a guide for librarians, was my professional highlight of 2011. However as a webometrician the publication was only the start of the story, it was quickly followed by an obsession with all the various numbers surrounding the book:

What is its sales rank on Amazon.co.uk? What about Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr? How many libraries are holding copies? How many people are talking about the book? How many blog mentions? Tweets? Reading lists? How have people rated it on Good Reads, Shelfari, or LibraryThing? How many citations are there in Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus?

Whilst I may have a tendency to be a bit more obsessed with my numbers than most, there has been increased interest generally in the opportunities the web provides for measuring an individual or an organization’s content. As such I thought I’d write my next book on the subject, and I just got commissioned today!

Working title: Web Metrics for the Library and Information Professional. If all things go to plan it should be published during the second quarter 2013.

Library and information professionals are increasingly creating, managing, and monitoring a wide range of content, from social media accounts and web sites to more traditional research outputs, and the book will be designed to provide a practical introduction to web metrics for a wide range of library and information professionals; from the bibliometrician wanting to demonstrate the wider impact of a researcher’s work than can be demonstrated through traditional citations databases, to the reference librarian wanting to measure how successfully they are engaging with their users on Twitter. It will not only enable the library and information professional to understand the impact of content, but demonstrate this impact to others within the organization and beyond.

Today I shall enjoy the pleasure of being commissioned to write another book. Tomorrow I’ll probably remember the hard work involved in writing that book.

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This blog is for letting people know some of the things I am working on, although it is extremely infrequent. As my writing has expanded from blog posts to professional journal articles, and finally to books, the number of blog posts I write on my various blogs has inevitably tapered off.

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