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Connecting with data: First steps toward an emerging area of library service The library profession is constantly changing in response to technology and our users’ needs.Recently, academic libraries have begun to confront the profound impact of cyber-infrastructure,which results in born-digital data sets that are rapidly growing in number, size, and complexity.These data sets represent new challenges for librarians. This paper describes how one librarianbegan to engage data producers and collections.The author found that this new service required brushing up on old skills and acquiring newskills as well. Identifying and assessing needs for data services was similar to liaison rolespreviously performed. However, the data services often require framing for a non-libraryaudience (i.e. explaining how domain knowledge of the library sciences applies to the givensituation.) Selecting appropriate tools for the data interviews and partnerships required a familiarprocess of learning tools and applying them. Forming partnerships with faculty and otherlibrarians is an essential tool of librarianship as a whole, and is particularly important to dataengagement. On the other hand, creating infrastructure or collaborating to improve infrastructuretakes a systems librarian approach into the realm of cyber-infrastructure. Finally, library sciencedomain knowledge is used and new skills are acquired throughout the entire process.
Nelson, M. S. (2011, June), Connecting with Data: First Steps Toward an Emerging Area of Library Service Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17656
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