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Diversity & Inclusion Resources in the Library

Did you know that the Library has a number of books available on diversity and inclusion? To supplement the recent training and discussion opportunities, the library has created a curated list with eBooks that you can access off- or on-campus. We are also working with the Boulder Labs Diversity Committee to add recommended books to our print collection, which will be included in this curated list. In addition to these diversity resources, we have special collections on leadership, management, and personal skill improvement. Have a question about accessing eBooks? Contact the library at BoulderLabs.Ref@noaa.gov.


Research Impact Reports

Personalized Research Impact reports are now available from the Boulder Labs Library for Boulder researchers. Individual bibliometrics reports help demonstrate your impact using metrics such as citation rate, h-index, and more. This information can help you prepare for reviews, evaluations, or proposals. The Boulder Labs Library can provide bibliometrics analyses at the individual and group level. View a sample report and get a glimpse of what is possible! Contact Sue Visser a sue.visser@noaa.gov to request your personalized report today.


The h-Index Debate

Since its introduction in 2005, the h-index has gained wide acceptance as a metric for measuring researcher success. The use of a single, easily calculated number has proven extremely attractive to administrators and decision-makers. But no citation-based metric is perfect, and the h-index is no exception. Among its well-documented shortcomings, the h-index:

Jorge Hirsch (January 2020) recently wrote “I proposed the H-index hoping it would be an objective measure of scientific achievement… But I have now come to believe that it can also fail spectacularly and have severe unintended negative consequences.”

The library encourages researchers and administrators to consider the h-index in the context of its shortcomings, and give equal or greater weight to normalized indicators such as percentile rankings and CNCI. Ask your librarians for more information, see the library's bibliometrics page or Bornmann & Daniel 2007 and Kreiner 2016.


Perseid Meteor Shower to Peak Aug 11-13

Every year from around July 17 to August 24, the Perseid meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseids are a favorite in the northern hemisphere because they occur during the summer. Under peak viewing conditions, in the predawn of August 11, 12, and 13, one might see 50-75 meteors per hour. Coming up in October: The Draconids and Orionids. Check out the titles about Perseid meteor showers held by the library.