Series: Information Management Public Lectures

In 2022-2023, in lieu of our usual Information Management Public Lecture Series, SIM will be sponsoring several affiliated lecture series. These events are not organized by SIM administration, unless explicity stated. SIM is helping to promote these events on behalf of the organizers. Full details are below. Please contact the organizer listed with questions (or sim@dal.ca if no contact is listed). Keep checking this page as more events will be added regularly.

2022-2023 Lectures

Antiracism & Decolonization in Archival Studies: Open Classroom & Lecture Series

Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) Lab Lectures
Organized by Dr. Philippe Mongeon (pmongeon@dal.ca)

Scientometric perspectives on the analysis of academic mobility: a reflection on current and potential developments (R. Costas)

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Abstract

Scientometric approaches have been proposed as robust and large-scale alternatives to measure the mobility flows of academic researchers. In this presentation a reflection about the current and potential scientometric developments to study academic mobility will be introduced, with the aim of stimulating discussions about next steps in the future development of scientometric indicators and analytics on academic mobility worldwide.

Date: Jul 21, 2022 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Location: Rowe 3089, 6100 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Conversations using Science on Reddit and StackExchange: Going beyond counts (T. Bowman)

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Abstract

Altmetric research is still (for the most part) driven by authors comparing citations and social media event numbers. Social Media Metrics (Altmetrics) v2.0 looks to go beyond basic counts and investigate the users consuming and disseminating science on social media, which entails investigating user interaction using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. In this presentation, I will share work in progress investigating Reddit and StackExchange. On these two platforms, we can investigate more rich conversation threads where science is being shared and examine how, (potentially) why, who, and where science is being discussed. In addition, I will introduce our new OpenAlt platform!

Date: Jul 28, 2022 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Location: Rowe 3089, 6100 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Topic Models with Meaningful Topics (D. Rosati)

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Abstract

Classic approaches to topic models produce clusters of documents using word co-occurrence frequencies. While these approaches are useful they don’t always align with clusters that are meaningful to humans since they don’t understand words used in different senses, underweight domain specific terminology, and don’t capture latent semantics in texts. Additionally, topic labels tend to be a bundle of words that don’t align with how humans understand topics. In this talk, we will provide an overview of contemporary approaches to topic modeling that leverage language models to produce clusters and generate meaningful topic clusters. This talk focuses on practical application and comparison of various methods to produce topics for groups of citation statements.

Date: Aug 18, 2022 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Location: Rowe 1014, 6100 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Mapping the Health Science Librarianship Research Field in 2012 – 2022 (V. Li)

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Abstract

Evidence-based practice is an important aspect of health science librarianship. However, good evidence-based practice can only occur if the body of evidence is also of adequate quality. By using bibliometric techniques to map the health science librarianship research field, one can better understand the affordances towards evidence-based practice it can provide. By using bibliometric techniques to map the health science librarianship research field, one can better understand the affordances towards evidence-based practice it can provide. The ‘Library Literature & Information Science Full Text’ database was used to generate a bibliography of publications pertaining to health librarianship limited to the time span of 2012 – 2022. Using Excel and Microsoft Power BI, a descriptive analysis was conducted. VosViewer was used to create a subject term co-occurrence map.The average number of publications per year is 207.3 and it was trending downwards for 2012 – 2022. The most frequently assigned subject term was “survey. The average number of authors per paper is 2.5 and was trending upwards. The subject term co-occurrence map identified 5 clusters of keywords. which were interpreted as major themes found in the body of literature. A descriptive analysis was conducted. VosViewer was used to create a subject term co-occurrence map. The 5 keyword clusters were interpreted as major themes found in the body of literature. The identified themes were professional development, measuring the value output of librarian services, measuring the return on investment of library resources, improving the quality of LIS research, and outreach to other library and healthcare institutions. This depicts the health science librarianship research landscape as one of collaboration, concerned with finding ways of demonstrating value, and connecting with other types of libraries and the public.Evidence-based practice is an important aspect of health science librarianship. However, good evidence-based practice can only occur if the body of evidence is also of adequate quality. By using bibliometric techniques to map the health science librarianship research field, one can better understand the affordances towards evidence-based practice it can provide. The ‘Library Literature & Information Science Full Text’ database was used to generate a bibliography of publications pertaining to health librarianship limited to the time span of 2012 – 2022. A descriptive analysis was conducted. VosViewer was used to create a subject term co-occurrence map. The subject term clusters identified by the software depicted 5 themes in the literature: professional development, measuring the value output of librarian services,measuring the return on investment of library resources, improving the quality of LIS research, and outreach to other library and healthcare institutions.

Date: Sep 15, 2022 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM

Location: Rowe 1014, 6100 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2