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Sunday, October 14 • 3:45pm - 5:40pm
#s2a: HuMetricsHSS: The Value of Values

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HuMetricsHSS: The Value of Values
Nicky Agate(1), Rebecca Kennison(2), Jason Rhody(3)
1: Columbia University Libraries, United States of America; 2: K|N Consultants, United States of America; 3: Social Science Research Council, United States of America
 
Our current systems of professional evaluation, metrics, and promotion often dictate what should be valued and recognized as scholarly labor, while their relative institutional weight means that they shape the kinds of work we do, as well as how, where, and with whom we do it.

Why content ourselves with existing, faulty evaluation metrics that are based on what’s easy to measure (citations, grant dollars awarded, Twitter mentions, etc.) rather than what matters to us (equity, collaboration, openness)? What if we instead defined the value of our professional activities according to their expression of our values, both individual and collaborative? What if our curricula were evaluated based on the diversity of their authors, the openness of the texts assigned, or their engagement with our local communities? What if open-access publishing, generous mentoring, and transparent and generous peer review were incentivized in our professional lives?

While existing research evaluation frameworks focus on what is quantifiable, the aim of this workshop is to reverse engineer indicators of excellence by first finding and focusing on a set of shared values and then exploring the ways in which those values might be performed in the practice of scholarly and professional activities. Our aim is to encourage moments of reflection in the creation of a scholarly object or in the performance of a scholarly practice, considering questions not only of audience and purpose, but of the values that drive the work. In the Value of Values workshop, participants will work together in small teams to articulate a shared set of values that bring them together as information professionals, and then co-create a sample framework against which they might assess and evaluate their own professional activities. The workshop aims to empower individuals, departments, and institutions to tell a more textured—and more relevant—story about the impact and importance of their work.

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Speakers
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Nicky Agate

Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications & Projects, Columbia University Libraries
Values-based evaluation (humetricshss.org) & promoting global OA LIS scholarship (theidealis.org).
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Rebecca Kennison

Principal, K|N Consultants
The K of K|N, I'm one of the two Principals at K|N Consultants. Prior to working full time at K|N, I was the founding director of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, where for nearly 8 years I was responsible for developing programs to facilitate scholarly research... Read More →


Sunday October 14, 2018 3:45pm - 5:40pm
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