Research Article

Showing Impact in the Visual Arts and Design Disciplines: A Study of Faculty Usage and Knowledge with an Academic Librarian Perspective

Authors
  • Christina M. Miskey orcid logo (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Richard Saladino (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Abstract

Introduction: Faculty in creative and design-related disciplines use many alternative methods to show the reach, importance, and overall impact of their scholarly and creative works. Academic librarians can offer support and services to help faculty determine the best methods, including providing education on alternative indicators to demonstrate the significance of their work. Methods: This study analyzed the results from a 2021 survey administered to the Department of Art and the School of Architecture faculties of a public, doctorate-granting R1 institution. Results: This study showed findings related to the faculty’s use of tools such as bibliometrics, altmetrics, Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), social media, and academic networking platforms to share and demonstrate the impact of their scholarly and creative works. Findings also show faculty interest in learning more about tools they were previously unfamiliar with to increase their knowledge and ability to demonstrate the impact of their work, particularly during the annual review, promotion, and tenure processes. Discussion: This study could serve as a model for other libraries intending to increase their services and support of faculty in visual arts and design-related disciplines, where previous research (mainly from the perspective of libraries and librarians) is limited.

Keywords: visual arts, metrics, scholarly impact

How to Cite:

Miskey, C. M. & Saladino, R., (2023) “Showing Impact in the Visual Arts and Design Disciplines: A Study of Faculty Usage and Knowledge with an Academic Librarian Perspective”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 11(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/jlsc.15616

Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). License: CC BY 4.0

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Published on
08 Apr 2023
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