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Data Services

A selection of articles and teaching resources for librarians who are interested in offering data services at their institution.


Data Services
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Radecki & Springer, (2020) Research data services in US higher education: “Any concrete, programmatic offering intended to support researchers (including faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students) in working with data.”

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Applications in the Field

Adamick J, Reznik-Zellen RC, Sheridan M (2013). Data management training for graduate students at a large research university.

Clare, C, Cruz, M, Papadopoulou, E, Savage, J, Teperek, M, Wang Y., Witkowska I, Yeoman J. (2019). Engaging researchers with data management: the cookbook. (open book)

Shorish Y, (2015). Data information literacy and undergraduates: a critical competency.

Curator’s Choice

Jennifer Chaput, STEM and Research Data Librarian at the University of Connecticut Library

Data sharing and management snafu in 3 short acts - I show this humorous video at the start of workshops to clearly demonstrate the RDM concepts discussed.

Barbrow, S, Brush, D, Goldman J. (2017). Research data management and services: resources for novice data librarians. This article highlights online communities, training materials, conferences, online courses, and data management tools that are essential resources. 

Read K, Surkis A. (2018). Research Data Management Teaching Toolkit. This toolkit is the foundation of the Research Data Management workshop I created. The slides are intended for a one-hour introductory session, and can be customized to fit your needs. A sample feedback questionnaire is also included.

Teaching & Learning about Data Services
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The NNLM Data Thesaurus defines research data management as “a concept used to describe the managing, sharing, and archiving of research data to make it more accessible to the broader research community” Check out the Tips on this page to teaching research data management.

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Recent & Relevant Scholarship

Google Scholar search for teaching and learning with research data management.

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Seminal Works

Coates HL (2013). Building data services from the ground up: strategies and resources

Federer L, Foster ED, Glusker A, Henderson M, Read K, Zhao S. The Medical Library Association data services competency: a framework for data science and open science skills development. J MLA 2020 108(2): 304–309. DOI: https:/dx.doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2020.909 

Yoon, A, Schultz, T. Research data management services in academic libraries in the US: a content analysis of libraries’ websites. College & Research Libraries 2017 78(7), 920. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.78.7.920

Applications in the Field

Read KB, Surkis A, Larson C, McCrillis A, Graff A, Nicholson J, Xu J (2015). Starting the data conversation: Informing data services at an academic health sciences library

Tenopir C, Hughes D, Allard S, Frame M, Birch B, Baird L, Sandusky R, Coates HL, Carlson J, Clement R., Henderson M, Johnston LR, (2015), Research data services in academic libraries: data intensive roles for the future?  

Whitmire AL (2015). Implementing a graduate-level research data management course: approach, outcomes, and lessons learned

Curator’s Choice

Shannon Sheridan, Data Librarian, University of Wyoming

The Carpentries: Training and resources for instructors on foundational coding and data science skills

Nelson MS, Goben A. (2020). Models for engaging liaisons in research data services. Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication, 8, 1–14.  ttps://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2382

Mannheimer, S. Ready, engage! outreach for library data services.

Data Resources
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In addition to the data resources curated below by the NNLM, Harvard Medical School defines research data management as “Research Data Management is the process of providing the appropriate labeling, storage, and access for data at all stages of a research project” and provides a great set of RDM resources.

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Recent & Relevant Scholarship

Search for “research data management” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) for 2016-2021

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Applications in the Field

Coates HL, Carlson J, Clement R, Henderson M, Johnston LR, Shorish Y (2018). How are we measuring up? evaluating research data services in academic libraries

Henderson M, Knott TL. (2016). Starting a research data management program based in a university library

Joo S, Peters C (2020). User needs assessment for research data services in a research university

Curator’s Choice

EDINA and Data Library, University of Edinburgh, (2020). DIY research data MANTRA Training Kit for librarians. This training kit is for librarians “who wish to gain confidence and understanding of research data management” and contains lessons, audio lectures, exercises, and other materials for self-paced learning.

RDMLA | Research Data Management Librarian Academy. Per their site, “The Research Data Management Academy (RDMLA) is a global, free online professional development program for librarians, information professionals, or other professionals who work in a research-intensive environment.” They offer eleven units including video lectures, exercises, assessments and additional resources, and optional CE credits. Users can follow the entire curriculum or just the units that are applicable to their needs.

The DMPTool. This tool can be used to help researchers create a data management plan for their research projects.