I recently attended the Empirical Librarians Conference at N.C. A&T State University Library. Among the many concurrent sessions that I attended, I will highlight the most relevant topics that I can apply to my future work.

“Teaching Mendeley in the Sciences”

Since faculty have asked me to teach Mendeley to graduate students, I’m participating in the Mendeley Librarian Certification Program this year. Emma Oxford is a Science Librarian who incorporates Mendeley into library instruction sessions for students at Rollins College. It was great to network and discuss some of the issues that can come up when teaching Mendeley.

“Altmetrics Context Analysis: Numbers are Not Everything”

I’ve been interested in the evolving areas of bibliometrics and altmetrics, took a continuing education course on research metrics, and co-presented with Molly Keener a few years ago. Shenmeng Xu is a doctoral student at UNC-SILS, and her presentation on altmetrics was especially informative. She recommended the following resources, some of which were new to me:

Overall, it was a great one-day local conference, and I hope to attend again in the future.