[Irtalk] Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Jul 14 12:17:10 SAST 2014

As long as empirical research has existed, researchers have been doing
“data management” in one form or another. However, funding agency mandates
for doing formal data management are relatively recent, and academic
libraries’ involvement has been concentrated mainly in the last few years.
The National Science Foundation implemented a new mandate in January 2011,
requiring researchers to include a data management plan with their
proposals for funding. This has prompted many academic libraries to work
more actively than before in data management, and science librarians in
particular are uniquely poised to step into new roles to meet researchers’
data management needs.
* This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated
with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science
librarians’ awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories,
data repositories, and data management support services at their

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