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Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian

Date: 2013-06-23
Reports to (Job Title): Associate University Librarian, Research & Digital Discovery Services
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles):
Location: Library
Grade: USG 8-13

Primary Purpose

The Bibliometrics and Research Impact Librarian is accountable for developing, advancing, implementing and supporting a range of services around scholarly output research impact and bibliometrics/altmetrics for the University of Waterloo community.  Supporting the “Transformational Research” campus Strategic Theme and the “Advancing Research and Scholarship” Library strategic direction, the incumbent works in close collaboration with staff in Institutional Analysis and Planning (IAP), the Office of Research (OR), and colleagues within the Library to develop and support services around measurement of research impact for the campus.

Key Accountabilities:


As a specialist Librarian, the incumbent:

  • Provides leadership and guidance, and serves as a resource to the Library Executive Committee, other library managers, and committees
  • Works closely with the Library Executive Committee and library managers to develop policies, manage change, set future directions, and resolve problems
  • Ensures timely communication to Library Managers, OR, IAP, faculties, departments, research groups, individual University faculty and  appropriate staff through appropriate media, of developments and projects; also communicates on any related events that have the potential to directly or indirectly impact normal services
  • Leads and coordinates projects with the primary goal being to ensure best possible service can be provided to faculties, departments, research groups
  • Serves on University, and as appropriate, non-University committees and groups, fostering collaboration, information sharing, partnership and expertise across campus and the broader community as required
  • Works with colleagues at other Tri-University Group of Libraries (TUG), OCUL, CARL and ARL member institutions in collaborative ventures

As the Librarian responsible for Bibliometrics and Research Impact services, the incumbent:

  • Serves as campus expert and leads the management, configuration, instruction and training, and end user support to University faculty, students, and staff for bibliometrics software such as Thomson Reuters InCites, including benefits and limitations of the software
  • Works closely with the Bibliometric Working Group (BWG), Ranking Working Group, IAP, and other related personnel as appropriate with respect to the planning, implementation and ongoing support of the use of InCites across campus  
  • Monitors and disseminates literature on bibliometrics and research impact to BWG, close collaborators and campus groups as appropriate
  • Participates in or leads bibliometrics and research impact projects with IAP, OR and others on campus as appropriate
  • Develops and maintains an awareness of the trends and issues in university level rankings and research impact (bibliometrics and other forms of impact measurement) in order to:
    • analyze the bibliometrics of ranking providers employing a variety of tools
    • respond to questions, in collaboration with IAP, about the basis of the rankings (THE, QS, Shanghai, etc.)
  • Assists in the improvement of related operational processes that ensure the university’s publications are maximally attributed to the University of Waterloo in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science and InCites
  • Serves as a resource for groups on campus looking at research impact of specific disciplines
  • Maintains familiarity with a wide range of other bibliometrics tools and the appropriate use of these types of tools, develops and delivers instruction around them (such as SciVal,  Google Scholar Citations, Publish or Perish, Symplectic, ORCID, Researcher ID, etc.) and is the primary resource to liaison librarians, faculty, graduate students on these
  • Works with the Office of Research to understand the gaps between content in InCites and other sources for University of Waterloo publication data (e.g.  SCOPUS, Google Scholar, etc.)
  • Acts as a resource person/expert consultant and trains liaison librarians, faculty and graduate students in the tools and techniques used to identify and maintain accurate personal citation metrics, and provides advice with respect to individual bibliometrics, researcher profiling tools and other methods of measuring impact, altmetrics etc. Collaborates with liaison librarians to provide guidance to academic departments on research impact
  • Works with other library staff on questions related to reference management software or other tools such as RefWorks, Mendeley, it pertains to managing and tracking individual researcher publications and citations

As a Librarian who has specialized areas of responsibility or expertise, the incumbent:

  • Actively participates on specialized teams or working groups to support the unique needs and strategic goals at the University of Waterloo. Activities could include for example:
    • Participation in research projects and grant-funded projects
    • Provision of training as related to areas of subject expertise
  • Ongoing, proactive acquisition, maintenance, and provision of leadership in the development of associated skills and knowledge in areas of expected expertise

As a Librarian providing support for instructional activities, the incumbent:

  • Participates in the Library’s instructional activities, by:
    • Developing, designing, delivering, and assessing instruction programs, including designing instructional materials, whether in person, online or in a blended environment
    • Developing modules for instructional activities as related to bibliometrics and research impact
  • Works with faculties, departments, research groups and others to understand and appropriately use bibliometrics and other tools that generate research impact measures
  • Designs, develops and maintains effective online and print content. Provides input to other Library departments into maintaining and improving the Library’s virtual user interface and face to face services, including active participation in working groups

As a Librarian who may undertake supervision of Library Associates and co-op students: 

  • Coaches, trains and develops employee(s) to assure growth and development of that(those) individual(s)
  • Conducts regular performance reviews with direct report(s), and supports achievement of performance goals
  • Makes decisions on the hiring of his/her direct report(s), in consultation with the AUL, Research & Digital Discovery Services 

Position Requirements


ALA-accredited Master of Library & Information Science degree, or equivalent





MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Advanced Basic Advanced (see Technical above)

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internally, communicates with all employees in all groups and departments and at all levels to deal with, influence and motivate others, and to address highly sensitive matters. 

Level of Responsibility:

The position is responsible and accountable for the overall results of the service area.

Decision-Making Authority:

Responsible and accountable for establishing the priorities for the service area and addressing the changes to strategic business plans by consulting with members of the IAP, OR, BWG, Library Manager’s Group and Library Executive as appropriate.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an office position exposed to stress and pressure associated with those responsibilities.

Working Environment:

Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an office position exposed to stress and pressure associated with those responsibilities.