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Rebecca A Welzenbach
As the Research Impact Librarian, I lead and support a range of bibliometric and research impact projects and services at the University of Michigan. I work closely with other units across the University to compile bibliometric and alt-metric data that demonstrates the impact of U-M faculty research; support ethical use of this information in decision-making; and provide expert guidance to faculty and graduate students on managing and boosting their research profiles. As the University rolls out a research information system across campus, I will represent the library’s expertise and connect its systems to the RIM program.
Working closely with subject librarians and informationists across the social sciences, humanities, science, and medicine, the Research Impact Librarian provides leadership in the adoption of existing information standards and tools, such as ORCID and Altmetric Explorer for Institutions, as well as evaluating and recommending new offerings that could promote the University’s academic and public engagement. Open access provides opportunities for expanding the reach and impact of research and the Research Impact Librarian also provides guidance on this rapidly evolving scholarly communication field.