Texas Digital Library Conference System, 2017 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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Scholars@TAMU, an Integrated Research Information Management System, as Sociotechnical System: Contextualized Use Cases for Different Disciplinary Communities
Bruce Herbert, Tina Budzise-Weaver, Sheila Green, Arwen Meador

Last modified: 2017-03-23

Abstract


Scholars@TAMU is a new research information management system (RIM) at Texas A&M that compiles scholarly expertise profiles for faculty and other research investigators to improve the discoverability of scholarly expertise, enhance the scholarly identity of researchers and facilitating new research collaborations.  Scholars@TAMU serves as system of record for academic reputation at Texas A&M by harvesting publicly available research data (e.g., grants and publications), and restricted/proprietary data from disparate sources into compiled expertise profiles for faculty, investigators, scholars, clinicians, community partners, and facilities.

We have used the concept of sociotechnical systems to guide the development of library services that use Scholars@TAMU for different disciplinary communities. Describing Scholars@TAMU as a socio-technical system highlights the interaction between people and the RIM, especially in the context of Texas A&M organizations and work places.  The Office of Scholarly Communications is collaborating with subject liaisons librarians serving the College of Medicine, the Performance Studies Department, and the School of Public Health. While all three departments are broadly interested in scholarly impact and reputations, the varied norms of the disciplines as well as the specific goals of the faculty and organizations required us to develop different services as well as adapt Scholars@TAMU and the data contained in the faculty profiles for each organization.

This presentation will describe the use cases identified in three disciplinary communities at Texas A&M broadly focused on scholarly and societal impact, as well as the contextualize programs that were developed to meet these needs.

Keywords


researcher profile systems, scholarly and societal impact, sociotechnical systems