Data-Driven Decision-Making: Using Bibliometrics for Collection Analysis
Stacy M. Bruss
You may be familiar with using bibliometrics, the quantitative analysis of scholarly literature, to assess the impact of researchers. But have you used it to assess the impact of your collection and to perform evidence-based collection development? Bruss discusses three different studies the NIST Research Library conducts using bibliometrics to make data-driven decisions: an annual collection impact study, a biannual journal collection development study, and a large-scale evaluation of its print journal archives. She discusses the tools used to gather and analyze the data, the decisions made using the results of the bibliometrics studies, and how the library uses the data to demonstrate its impact to stakeholders.