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Developing Research Data Services Vision(s): An Analysis of North American Academic Libraries

Presenter 1
Inna Kouper
Indiana University
Presenter 2
Mayu Ishida
University of Manitoba
Presenter 3
Kathleen Fear
University of Rochester
Presenter 4
Sarah Williams
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Presenter 5
Christine Kollen
University of Arizona

Many libraries are implementing or getting ready to implement research data services (RDS) (see, for example, http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/6297). Oftentimes, these initiatives are reactive, responding to pressures originating outside the library, such as national or funder mandates for data management planning and data sharing. To provide effective support for researchers, libraries must be proactive and develop a shared vision of what they are trying to accomplish. Can such a vision supersede institutional differences while still accommodating diversity in implementation?  In this presentation we discuss a set of vision statements grounded in an analysis of the drivers of RDS vision as well as libraries' current goals and activities in RDS. We developed these statements based on our examination of documents that advance the need for RDS, such as the funding agencies' requirements, the US Office of Science and Technology Policy memo, and the Canadian Tri-Agency's proposal of a data management plan mandate; a content analysis of North American academic library webpages; and interviews with library deans and other administrators. Finally, we describe how our five institutions are responding to this vision and how our implementations of the vision vary depending on the disciplinary  and institutional context.

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