Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals

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Item Number: 
978-1-85604-874-3
Published: 
2014
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
192
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
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Softcover
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The web provides an opportunity to collect a host of different metrics, from those associated with social media accounts and web sites to more traditional research outputs. This book is a clear guide and valuable tool for library and information professionals to the web metrics available and how to assess and use them to make informed decisions and demonstrate value. As individuals and organizations increasingly use the web to bypass traditional publishing avenues and formats, this book provides the tools to unlock web metrics and evaluate the impact of this content to others within the organization and beyond.

1. Introduction
    Metrics   
    Indicators   
    Web metrics and Ranganathan's laws of library science   
    Web metrics for the library and information professional   
    The aim of this book   
    The structure of the rest of this book   
2. Bibliometrics, webometrics and web metrics   
    Introduction   
    Web metrics   
    Information science metrics   
    Web analytics   
    Relational and evaluative metrics   
    Evaluative web metrics   
    Relational web metrics   
    Validating the results   
    Conclusion   
3. Data collection tools   
    Introduction   
    The anatomy of a URL, web links and the structure of the web   
    Search engines 1.0   
    Web crawlers   
    Search engines 2.0   
    Post search engine 2.0: fragmentation   
    Conclusion   
4. Evaluating impact on the web   
    Introduction   
    Websites   
    Blogs   
    Wikis   
    Internal metrics   
    External metrics   
    A systematic approach to content analysis   
    Conclusions   
5. Evaluating social media impact   
    Introduction   
    Aspects of social network sites   
    Typology of social network sites   
    Research and tools for specific sites and services   
    Other social network sites   
    General social media impact   
    Sentiment analysis   
    Conclusion   
6. Investigating relationships between actors   
    Introduction   
    Social network analysis methods   
    Sources for relational network analysis   
    Conclusions   
7. Exploring traditional publications in a new environment   
    Introduction   
    More bibliographic items   
    Full text analysis   
    Greater context   
    Conclusion   
8. Web metrics and the web of data   
    Introduction   
    The web of data   
    Building the semantic web   
    Implications of the web of data for web metrics   
    Investigating the web of data today   
    SPARQL   
    Sindice   
    LDSpider – an RDF web crawler   
    Conclusions   
9. The future of web metrics and the library and information professional   
    How far we have come   
    The future of web metrics   
    The future of the library and information professional and web metrics.

David Stuart

David Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and was previously a research fellow at King's College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing a regular column for the journal Online Information Review called 'Taming Metrics'. His books include Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014) and Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Facet Publishing, 2011).

"Will enable librarians to evaluate social media impact, web impact, relationships between entities on the web; and explore traditional publications in a new cyberspace environment. Of special note is Stuart's commentary on the future of web metrics and the library professional. A seminal work of impressive scholarship, Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals is very highly recommended for practicing librarians in community, academic, corporate, and governmental library systems, as well as informational professionals charged with the responsibility for gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting web metrics."
— Midwest Book Review

"Does Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals provide a strong foundation for LIS professionals to explore the nature and potential of web metrics as a tool for building better web-based information services? The answer is unequivocally yes, and the book is recommended."
— Archives and Manuscripts

"...a very interesting book that covers a range of technical areas. For anyone interested in bibliometrics who wants to better understand how the web presents both challenges and opportunities to the information science community then this is a great introduction. The author is clearly knowledgeable about metrics and makes some useful connections between the applied and research worlds. Any information professional or student wanting a considered overview of some of the key metrics for providing information services in a digital world would be advised to read it."
— Elucidate