Informing the Digital Archive with Altmetrics




Altmetrics can be used to understand impact beyond citations, particularly for digitized collections. As cultural institutions look to pursue more active engagement with communities of practice, altmetrics help archivists understand the conversations happening in real time that will allow them to provide access to the most relevant materials. Through the use of case studies, we aim to demonstrate how applying altmetrics while considering the curation of digital collections can allow archivists to stay engaged with target communities outside traditional channels, demonstrating both the applicability of altmetrics to legacy scholarly work and the value of digitization as an access method.

Author Biographies

Ashley L Taylor, University of Pittsburgh

Ashley L. Taylor is an archivist in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Pittsburgh and co-chair of the DLF’s Born-Digital Access Working Group.

Lauren B Collister, University of Pittsburgh

Lauren B. Collister, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.