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All [global] data is local: How academic libraries are enabling discovery and access for institutional data collections

Presenter 1
Terrence Bennett
College of New Jersey
Presenter 2
Shawn W. Nicholson
Michigan State University

This poster will report on a methodical analysis of the role and function of academic libraries in support of the global data ecosystem. Specifically, we’ll examine how academic libraries (particularly at large research universities in North America and the UK, where data curation and research data services are functions that have become embedded into the research infrastructure) are enabling cross-institutional and interdisciplinary discovery and use of locally produced research data collections. The analysis will also consider how (or if) academic libraries are positioning their local holdings–particularly digital texts, image files, audio archives, and other non-numeric collections–as research datasets (rather than as artifacts of limited local and/or historical interest); and, more importantly, how libraries are making these datasets discoverable by researchers.

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