ASIS&T 2011
Panels on Metrics

Bibliometrics and LIS Education:
How Do They Fit Together?

Panelists: Dangzhi Zhao, Howard White, Dietmar Wolfram, Jamshid Beheshti, Judit Bar-Ilan and Jonathan Levitt

Tuesday, October 11
Location: TBD

Bibliometrics has been both studied and applied in a variety of research fields, such as Library and Information Science (LIS), Sociology, history of science, business, management and research policy. In the LIS field, however, there has been an interesting phenomenon: Bibliometrics is quite strong in research as seen from bibliometric maps of LIS literature, but very weak in education as seen from LIS course offerings. This phenomenon invites serious questions, such as

  • Why is this the case?
  • Who is doing Bibliometrics? Where and how do they get their training?
  • Are these kinds of training enough for conducting quality research?
  • Why or why not should we strengthen Bibliometrics education in LIS programs in North America?
  • What should be a proper place of Bibliometrics in LIS education?

The panelists, who are both Bibliometrics researchers and university LIS educators from different regions of the world, will share their views of these and related questions. The panel will start with opening remarks from each panelist in the format of 20x20 presentations, and will then open the floor for discussion among the panelists and with the audience. This panel is expected to benefit both research and education in LIS.

Using Information Obtained Through
Informetrics to Address Practical
Problems and to Aid Decision Making

Judit Bar-Ilan, Jonathan Levitt, Katherine McCain, Stasa Milojevic, Deborah Shaw, Cassidy Sugimoto, Liwen Vaughan and Dietmar Wolfram

Tuesday, October 11
Location: TBD

This panel aims to inform participants of, and to stimulate interest in, the diverse ways in which the measurement of information (informetrics) is used in real-world applications. Its timeliness is indicated by the recent increase in interest amongst ASIS&T members in informetrics that culminated in the endorsement of the change of status of SIG/MET from a virtual SIG to fully functional ASIS&T SIG. The panelists, selected for their diverse experiences in informetrics, address a diversity of issues in the use of informetric information in real-world situations. The format of the panel is designed to encourage audience participation with the audience being encouraged to suggest issues for discussion.