About the programme

Academic libraries have been repositioning services to support the growing demand by researchers, faculty and university administration for advice, services, and tools to measure and understand the impact and performance of research activities (Bryne, J., 2019). In the last few years, we saw libraries across the world take on key roles in driving research initiatives (Lang, L., et al., 2018), led to the creation of research support positions and the role of liaison librarians has also shifted.

The IATUL Special Interest Group – Metrics and Research Impact (SIG-MaRI) recognised the lack of formal training and development programme to upskill staff transitioning into research support roles. It has been, and still is a challenge faced by many SIG-MaRI members. University of New South Wales (UNSW) Library launched the 10 Research Impact Things in 2019, which aimed to develop foundational skills in research impact across the Library based on the bibliometric capabilities framework (Cox, A., et al, 2017). The IATUL SIG-MaRI adapted and significantly revised the UNSW programme for the broader IATUL members as a self-paced training and development tool. This website was launched in September 2020.

Visit the Information for programme organisers page for guidance to adopt and run this program at your institution.

Project Team

Project Sponsor

Trish Wilson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Project Manager

Janice Chan, Curtin University, Australia

Project Team Members

Dr Antje Lübcke, University of Otago, New Zealand

Fiona Glasgow, University of Otago, New Zealand

Jacinta Byrne, University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Jo Simons, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Kate Croker, University of Western Australia, Australia

Katy Miller, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Merrilee Albatis, University of Western Australia, Australia


Byrne, J. (2019). Building a Future-Ready Workforce – Embedding Bibliometric Capabilities at UNSW Library. Proceedings of the 2019 IATUL Conference. https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/iatul/2019/structure/5/

Cox, A., Gadd, E., Petersohn, S., & Sbaffi, L. (2017). Competencies for bibliometrics. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. doi:10.1177/0961000617728111

Lang, L., Wilson, T., Wilson, K., & Kirkpatrick, A. (2018). Research Support at the Crossroads: Capability, Capacity, and Collaboration, New Review of Academic Librarianship, 24:3-4, 326-336, DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2018.1460727